In Early Childhood, PWS provides an inspiring environment
both inside our cozy classrooms and outdoors by our field, streams, playgrounds, and magical Walnut Hill playspace and garden. The young child is held in reverence by loving teachers and parents and allowed to explore the beauty that surrounds them, planting the seeds of imagination, creativity, and confidence.
For families looking for a gentle transition into school, we invite you to enroll in our new nursery program, serving two year olds. This sweet, small class will have a maximum of 8 children with 2 loving teachers. It is intended to be a slow transition for children who have not yet been in an independent program.
Morning program, serving children 2 years old
Wednesday – Friday
8:30 am – 11:30 am
Our preschool program offers children a simple daily rhythm as the teachers weave simple songs, movement games, and stories with indoor and outdoor free play. The simplicity of our beautiful classrooms allows teachers to guide children through the gentle rhythms of each day in a joyful and predictable manner. Our playful curriculum supports the development of hand-eye coordination, attention span, awareness of patterns and sequencing, and appreciation for the beauty of language.
Morning or full day program, serving children 2.5 – 4.5 years old
Our mixed-age kindergarten program offers young children ages 4-6 daily opportunities for dynamic, self-initiated free play with ample time and space provided for both indoor and outdoor activities. Artistic and domestic activities such as watercolor painting, natural crafts, baking and seasonal cooking nourish and delight the senses. With a deep understanding of child development, our teachers take great care to inspire natural learning in a relaxed and peaceful setting. Through structured and unstructured activity, the development of hand-eye coordination, attention span, awareness of patterns, and appreciation for the beauty of language foster the child’s natural capacities for literacy, numeracy, and imaginative spatial and scientific thinking. A mixed-age environment fosters social learning, as the younger children are inspired to grow and stretch themselves to meet their older friends, and the older children find themselves acting as guides and caretakers for the littler ones. The combination of a nurturing environment, predictable rhythm, and mindful teaching support each child in building their solid foundation for future academic success, an intact sense of wonder, and a lifelong love of learning.
Morning or full day program, serving children 4 – 6 years old
Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
The Extended Day provides a weekly rhythm of opportunities for resting, creative play, nourishment, and active play for children in the Early Childhood program. After a busy morning of work and play, the children are provided with a quiet space in which to rest, have a snack, play, and work on seasonal crafts—both inside and outside.
Monday – Friday*
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
*on most days school is in session
Click through the photos and videos in the slideshow below for a glimpse of the PWS distance learning curriculum, and to catch up with our students and teachers beyond the classroom. A Glimpse into Distance Learning at Portland Waldorf School Making Sunflower Nursery...read more
In honor of National Poetry Month, we are happy to share poems written by parents, students, teachers, alumni, and other beloved community members. We thank them for celebrating with us. Turning inside out red tulip opening hope: the inner star shines ...read more
In honor of National Poetry Month, we are happy to share poems written by parents, students, teachers, alumni, and other beloved community members. We thank them for celebrating with us. If you have a poem to share, please get in touch! The first dusting of...read more