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Kindergarten open house at Cedar Springs Waldorf

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From page B4 | February 07, 2014 |

cedar springs kindergartenEver wonder what goes on behind the magical doors of the Cedar Springs Waldorf School’s three-day and five-day kindergartens?

Cedar Springs invites the public to the kindergarten open house on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m.-noon.

The open house is a first-hand experience of the children’s day in kindergarten complete with circle activities, puppet show, delicious snack and discussion with the kindergarten teachers.

This is a complimentary event for parents only. To attend at call 530-642-9903.

Students at Cedar Springs experience hands-on and inspiring academics in a wholesome setting on a lovely 5-acre wooded campus, complete with a garden, farm animals and woodshop. Here children develop a love for learning.

 

Early foundation

The Early Childhood Program is a remarkable example of this. With a loving home-like setting with predictable rhythms, the parent-child and kindergarten programs gently stimulate the development of imagination, sequencing, sensory integration, memory, social skills and motor skills that are essential for later learning and are the foundations for academic excellence.

“Young children learn through movement, rhythm and by doing,” said Veronica Gunasekara, a kindergarten teacher at Cedar Springs with more than 30 years of Waldorf teaching experience.

“Their early education is a foundation from which all future learning capacities will develop. Children need movement, art, storytelling and other modalities where they are engaged and participating in the learning, making it more meaningful to them. In our hurried fast-paced society, there are many stressors that children meet each day. Waldorf education provides a safe place for each individual to grow and develop at the pace that is right for them.”

As the students pass through the grades (first through eighth) they apply these foundational skills cultivated in the early years to problem solve in math and science, as well as critically think about global issues in the present and past.

 

Good citizens

Social skills are also developed so that students see they are valuable citizens in their community and can make a difference in a world that is becoming more socially alienating.

“My children spend half their day at school, so I wanted them to go somewhere where they feel loved and cared for,” said Laura Hauge, a parent at Cedar Springs. “I want them to be valued for the unique people they are and not just whether they can put the right answer down on a test.”

 

Parents learn

CSWS also offers a parent-child program that is designed to support family life and to provide a window into the Waldorf curriculum.

Classes include parent-child interactive games, child observation, occasional craft activities, creative dramatic play and a wholesome snack. The focus of the program is to enhance the parent’s understanding of child development and to offer ideas for activities to do with children at home.

Classes meet once a week over two 15-week semesters. They are held on Thursdays or Fridays, for two hours (infant classes are 1½ hours).

CSWS is an accredited Waldorf school serving children from 6 months to eighth grade. Scholarships based on financial need are available to families in the five-day kindergarten and above.

For more information call enrollment director Monica Ness at 530-642-9903 or visit the school’s Website at cedarspringsonline.com.

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