Early Childhood

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.

WebPortland Waldorf School is a proud member of WECAN.

We are offering a variety of Summer Gatherings...

Wed., July 19, 10am–noon
Walnut Hill Playdate with Shay (Rose), Jessica (Lily), and Diane
Walnut Hill Wednesday playdates are opportunities throughout the summer for early childhood families to gather for some fun in the sun, gardening, gathering edibles, and picnicking. Early childhood teachers will be present as often as their availability permits.

July 19-22, by appointment
One-on-One Conversations with Jessica (Lily) and Shay (Rose)
Contact Meghan.Hof@portlandwaldorf.org to set up a time for you or your family to meet individually with Jessica or Shay. Michiko will not yet have returned from Japan, so there will be separate opportunities for Huckleberry families to schedule conversations once she returns (see below).

Sat., July 22, 10am–noon
Meet and Greet for Re-Enrolling Families
with Shay (Rose), Jessica & Lisa (Lily), and Diane & Jenny (Huckleberry)
These open house events will be opportunities for families to gather together and for the teacher to get to know the children in a group setting. Michiko will not yet have returned from her trip to Japan at this time, so there will be a separate opportunity in early August for Huckleberry families to gather (see below); however Diane Rowley and Ms. Jenny will be present if any Huckleberry families would like to attend.

Wed., July 26, 10am–noon
Walnut Hill Playdate with Shay (Rose)
Walnut Hill Wednesday playdates are opportunities throughout the summer for early childhood families to gather for some fun in the sun, gardening, gathering edibles, and picnicking. Early childhood teachers will be present as often as their availability permits.

Wed., Aug 2, 10am–noon
Walnut Hill Playdate with Shay (Rose), Jenny (Huckleberry), and Diane
Walnut Hill Wednesday playdates are opportunities throughout the summer for early childhood families to gather for some fun in the sun, gardening, gathering edibles, and picnicking. Early childhood teachers will be present as often as their availability permits.

Sat., Aug 5, 10am–noon
Meet and Greet for Re-Enrolling, New, and Prospective Families
with Michiko & Jenny (Huckleberry), Shay (Rose), Jessica & Lisa (Lily) and Diane
This open house event will be an opportunity for families to gather together and for the teacher to get to know the children in a group setting.

Aug 5-9, by appointment
One-on-One Conversations with Michiko (Huckleberry)
Contact Meghan.Hof@portlandwaldorf.org to set up a time for you or your family to meet individually with Michiko.

Wed., Aug 9, 10am–noon
Walnut Hill Playdate with Michiko (Huckleberry) and Jessica (Lily)
Walnut Hill Wednesday playdates are opportunities throughout the summer for early childhood families to gather for some fun in the sun, gardening, gathering edibles, and picnicking. Early childhood teachers will be present as often as their availability permits.

Pre-Kindergarten

Our Preschool program offers young children ages 3-4 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 our 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.

Monday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Tuesday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Monday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Tuesday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Thursday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Friday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Kindergarten

Our mixed-age kindergarten program offers young children ages 3-6 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. 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.

Monday-Friday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

 

“Cricket Care” Early Childhood Aftercare

The Early Childhood aftercare program provides a weekly rhythm of opportunities for resting, creative play, nourishment, and active play for children in the Early Childhood programs. 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*

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

*on most days school is in session