In the Charlottesville Waldorf School mixed-age kindergartens, extended periods for free-play with open ended materials provide space for the development of creativity.
In the kindergarten, the children joyfully engage in practical work such as kneading bread, chopping vegetables, and cleaning up after mealtimes. They participate in artistic activities, including drawing and painting, and seasonal projects such as gardening, felting, and sewing.
The kindergarten students are outdoors in all but the very worst weather, with time on the playground, gardening projects, and weekly nature walks to the woods and stream through the changing seasons.
Developing the physical, mental, and social skills to participate in these activities on a daily basis – with the children being able to plan, develop, and execute ideas, problem solve, and evaluate their efforts – develops their attention span, focus, and confidence, and prepares the kindergarten students to excel in academic, artistic, and social pursuits as they progress into grade school.
Mixed-Age Kindergarten options
Our Mixed-age Kindergarten classes are open to children from between the ages of three and six and a half years, with children often attending for two to three years. Each of our mixed-age kindergarten classes has a Waldorf-trained lead teacher and an assistant.
Half-day option: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Full-day option: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 2:45pm
Additionally, mixed-age kindergarten students are eligible for aftercare until 5:30pm.