Okanagan Waldorf School is a thriving organization that offers Waldorf education from early childhood to grade eight. Located on a working farm, the School provides strong academics through purposeful experiences in the classroom, in nature, and on the farm. Okanagan Waldorf School is dedicated to providing elementary education that ignites the love of learning and supports children on their way to becoming confident, creative and contributing community members. The Waldorf curriculum, which is rich in hands-on learning, languages, music, and art, strives to engage each child in academically rigorous work. The School provides the children of the Greater Vernon area a place to grow, learn, and be inspired. The culture and the policies are all meaningfully developed in support of the School’s vision of “Enlivened education for the whole child.”
– Rudolf Steiner, Founder Waldorf Education
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Parent and Child programs are a gentle introduction to the world beyond home for the child (18 months to 4 years old). Up to 8 children and their parents meet together with the teacher. Younger siblings (babies and toddlers) are welcome. We meet once a week in a safe, homelike, nurturing environment.
Our early childhood programs are set in a beautiful environment where a child’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder can be fostered. Through indoor and outdoor free play, meaningful work (setting tables, sweeping, baking bread, gardening), storytelling and singing songs, children begin their education nurtured by their teachers with developmentally based activities.
Our Kindergarten program offers project-based and sensory-rich activities where children learn by “doing.” Each day children spend time playing, working, and exploring outdoors, either on the farm or in the forest. They engage in activities such as baking bread, finger knitting, woodworking, painting, and gardening. Children enjoy listening to storytelling, participating in puppet plays, exploring speech work and practical number sense, and celebrating multicultural festivals.
Our Grades program integrates academic, artistic, and hands-on activities to provide an in-depth understanding of the subjects taught. Students begin each day outside, with a nature walk or farm chores; which is then followed by a 2-hour main lesson, focusing on the core academic subjects. Throughout the remainder of the day, students receive lessons in French, German, Music, Art, and Handwork (knitting, crocheting, felting, woodwork, modeling). Weekly visits to the farm include lessons on sustainable farming, animal husbandry, and gardening.
Our boys have grown into outdoor enthusiasts that now have a more profound relationship with nature. They love the opportunities that Okanagan Waldorf School has to offer with visits to the farm and nature walks. Their social skills have developed far beyond what we could have hoped for in a very short period of time. They enjoy going to school and it has brought a harmonious flow to our day and lives.
Okanagan Waldorf School means so much to my daughter and me. She is full of wonder and joy at the end of the school day as she informs me of her time in the forest or on the farm, or hanging from the 'monkey tree'. The beautiful setting of the school gives her much more than just an education; it stokes her creativity and imagination. I love that she can crochet a wristband for me and that she is learning two different languages as well. She was given the opportunity to name her very own calf at the farm. The nurturing atmosphere and the wonderful staff at Okanagan Waldorf School give me great comfort in knowing that my daughter is learning and experiencing many wonderful things that cannot be found easily at most schools.