Like other Waldorf schools worldwide, Whatcom Hills Waldorf School educates children using Steiner’s profound insights into the developmental phases of childhood. For over 80 years, educators have demonstrated that Waldorf education is an “art of education.” Rather than merely imposing intellectual content on children, Waldorf teachers guide children through a culturally enriched program that is alive with music, movement, storytelling, and artistic activity which works to awaken each child’s innate capacities.

 

Out of strong confidence in the innate power unfolding in each child, teachers cultivate three fundamental qualities that are sure bases for lifelong learning: reverence toward all that lives, gratitude and respect for the efforts and accomplishment of others, and responsibility for the child’s own free and self-disciplined action. In this way, the Waldorf teacher strives to be a worthy guide to and guardian of the unfolding powers of the child.

Parent & Child Programs
Playgroup, Age 2 (copy tk) 
playgroupToddler Playgroup – for children ages 1 to 3 years old. You may sign up for playgroups as multiple week sessions for Fall, Winter and Spring. They take place on Saturdays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, and are held in the Preschool House at Whatcom Hills Waldorf School.

This series of classes is a wonderful introductory way to experience the nurturing approach of a Waldorf early childhood education. In playgroup young children and their parents participate in the rhythms of a preschool morning here at our school. In the inviting environment of a Waldorf classroom, parents engage in home-like activites or make simple crafts while their children help them or play nearby. Circle and story reflect the world of nature and the seasons. During snack or outside time parents can discuss parenting issues and ask questions about the provided reading material.

Class size is limited. Drop in rate is $25 per class. For more information or to register contact Adrienne Doucette at (360) 201-0360, or by email:

 

Pre-School Program
Sweet Peas Pre-School, Age 3-4 (copy tk) 
Our SchoolToddler Playgroup – for children ages 1 to 3 years old. You may sign up for playgroups as multiple week sessions for Fall, Winter and Spring. They take place on Saturdays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, and are held in the Preschool House at Whatcom Hills Waldorf School.

This series of classes is a wonderful introductory way to experience the nurturing approach of a Waldorf early childhood education. In playgroup young children and their parents participate in the rhythms of a preschool morning here at our school. In the inviting environment of a Waldorf classroom, parents engage in home-like activites or make simple crafts while their children help them or play nearby. Circle and story reflect the world of nature and the seasons. During snack or outside time parents can discuss parenting issues and ask questions about the provided reading material.

Class size is limited. Drop in rate is $25 per class. For more information or to register contact Adrienne Doucette at (360) 201-0360, or by email:
 


Kindergarten Program

Full Day and Half Day Programs. Ages 4.5–6.5 (copy tk) 
Open HousesKindergarten is a 5 day program, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. An extended day option is available until 3:00pm with extended care until 5:30 in needed. Kindergarten is for children ages 4 ½ to 6 ½. Our Kindergartens are mixed-age classrooms.

A Waldorf Kindergarten is an extension of the family experience, an intermediary step for the child between home and formal schooling. The goal is to provide a warm, calm, secure, aesthetic environment in which the imagination and creativity of the child will flourish.

The quality of the physical environment of a Waldorf Kindergarten is integral to its goals for the children. The feeling of warmth and security is largely created by using only natural materials: woods, cotton, and wool in the construction of the decor and toys. In this warm environment are placed toys which the children can use to imitate and transform the activities that belong to everyday adult life.

At the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, children meet themselves deep in the realm of the imagination through stories, songs, puppetry and imaginative play. They meet the world through tasks like baking, sewing, hammering, sawing, sweeping, gardening and grinding grain, which connect them to the rhythms of their body, to life in the family, the community and the natural environment.

The teacher weaves daily and weekly rhythms into the cycles of the year. In autumn, songs and stories celebrate harvest themes. Looking toward winter, craft activities may include candle making, working with wool, and creating colorful transparencies for the window. In spring, bulbs poke through the brown soil, their hints of green encouraging the children to plant seeds for the summer garden.
 

Elementary School, Grades 1-5
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Middle School, Grades 6-8
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