Kindergarten Culture for the young child begins with parents and family and is broadened through contact with friends, neighbours and the child’s Kindergarten community.
Kindergarten cultural experiences are enhanced through the social impulse existing within our programme and the ways we work with children between the ages of 3-6 years. The sessions that run daily from 8.30 to 2 the children experience a creative play which is supported by the careful selection and the quality of natural and simple play material gathered from garden, forest and sea.
Opportunities are provided for the children to partake in a range of experiences which arise out of their connection to daily life, for example, cooking, domestic routines, painting, drawing and simple craft work.
Activities in Kindergarten
Daily and weekly activities and events are brought into a breathing rhythm which gives the children a sense of belonging and security as well as a sense of time and space. During the morning the group of children gather together for Morning Song. This is a time of joyful singing, movement games, poems and simple stories.
Mealtimes are social events. Together we prepare food with care and respect. Food is where possible grown organically or biodynamically. The meal is served and eaten in a spirit of love and gratitude.
Experiences of the wonders of Nature, the elements, and the possibility of real adventures can be found in the garden, along with the richness of the seasons as turning points of the year.
Story. Before going home the children enjoy a story or puppet play. The story may be repeated for a number of days. This appeals to the children’s love of repetition and rhythm. Story time encourages participation, attentive listening and fosters a rich vocabulary. Sometimes it is a simple story about nature or life, sometimes a fairy tale with all it’s hidden truth.
Celebrate Festivals. As the Earth breathes through her seasonal changes with highlights of activity and change, so also do we celebrate festivals, which reflect both the development and mysteries of evolving humanity.
Each individual child’s birthday is prepared for and shared within the group as a festival of acknowledgement. These festivals give opportunities for the children to experience joy and wonder, giving and receiving, caring for others, and also a sense of being special and valued.