PARENT & CHILD
Parent and Child programs are a gentle introduction to the world beyond home for the child (18 months to 2 1/2 years old). Up to 8 children and their parents meet together with the teacher. Younger siblings (babe in arms) 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 experience their day nurtured by their caregivers 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 Japanese, German, Music, Art, and Handwork (knitting, crocheting, felting, woodwork, modeling). Visits to the farm include lessons on sustainable farming, animal husbandry, and gardening.
– Rudolf Steiner
We love Okanagan Waldorf School and the amazing diversity this unique school brings to our son. From farm walks to knitting, forest adventures to the sweetest songs, this school is everything a parent could ever hope for.