Cedar Springs Waldorf School expands Early Childhood program

By From page B6 | July 11, 2014

Cedar Springs Waldorf School will be expanding its Early Childhood program this fall for the 2014-15 school year. The school will offer three-day (Monday through Wednesday), four-day (Monday through Thursday) and five-day (Monday through Friday) classes. Cedar Springs also offers Extended Care Monday through Friday until 5:30 p.m.

All interested parents are invited to attend an open house on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m.-noon.

“The program changes were in response to requests from both current and prospective families,” CSWS director of community development Jennifer Bumgarner explained. “These options allow us to better serve families that are seeking a quality program, in a nurturing home-like environment, five days per week.”

The licensed Early Childhood program at CSWS gently stimulates the development of curiosity, verbal capacities, sequencing, sensory integration, memory, social skills and motor skills that are essential for later learning and are the foundation for academic excellence.

Students are in a learning environment that fosters development of their imaginations as a foundation for creative and critical thinking, exploration of the natural world with their senses and a development of their attention and language skills. Young children learn by doing.

Children in CSWS Early Childhood classes experience learning through story and circle time, painting, drawing, cooking, handcrafts, imaginative play and plenty of outdoor time in a nurturing environment.

“Early childhood is a tender and vulnerable time. A child’s brain is open, malleable, sponge-like; every impression shapes the child’s development. Current research describes essential elements for promoting health and laying a strong foundation for our young. They include: plenty of time in nature, simplified surroundings and schedules, allowance for plenty of movement and imaginative free play, open-ended toys and reduction/elimination of media exposure, to name a few. The tenets of Waldorf education are founded in this research. We provide a safe, creative environment, guided by healthy daily rhythms, which allow the child to explore freely and unfold its inherent capacities,” Veronica Gunasekara, a kindergarten teacher at CSWS with more than 20 years of Waldorf teaching experience said,

Cedar Springs Waldorf School invites all interested parents to attend the tour of the Early Child Program. The tour will be hosted by teachers Gunasekara and Christl Michele and enrollment director Monica Ness, who will guide parents through a tour of the three Early Childhood classrooms and play yard, including demonstrations of the children’s activities at differing age levels and an opportunity for discussion and questions. The tour will even include a delicious, wholesome Kindergarten snack for all visiting parents.

Programs include parent-child classes for children 1 to 3 years old and their caregiver, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Call Ness at 530-642-9903 or e-mail [email protected] to attend. Applications are currently being accepted for Early Childhood and Grades 1-7.

CSWS is an accredited Waldorf school serving children from Early Childhood to eighth grade. Cedar Springs is dedicated to providing a Waldorf education to families that are committed and want the most complete education for their children. Cedar Springs Waldorf School is devoted to the success and growth of children long term.

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