Young children are carried along by the rhythms of the world in which they live, from the breathing, waking and sleeping of their own bodies, to the yearly cycles of the seasons and stars. Children thrive when their daily activities are arranged to reflect this natural order in life.
The Waldorf approach to early childhood education emphasizes a strong sense of rhythm, both within daily and weekly activities, and in larger seasonal cycles and celebrations. The daily rhythm alternates carefully between expanding and contracting activities to create a healthy sense of “breathing.” Weekly rhythm is established through practical and artistic activities such as, bread baking, painting, drawing, cooking and gardening. We attune to seasonal rhythms through our circles, stories and festivals.
A Day at Hazelwood
8:30-8:45 am Morning arrivals and verse
8:45-9:15 am Walk to local meadow or park
9:30-9:45 am Circle
9:45-11 am Outdoor free play
11-11:20 am Story
11:20-11:50 am Walk back to Hazelwood
11:50-12:15 pm Transition indoors and rest
12:15-12:40 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Morning dismissal
12:45-2:00 pm Daily activity* and indoor free play
2:00-2:15 pm Tidy room
2:15-2:30 pm Afternoon snack and goodbye verse
*Mondays we paint or draw, Tuesdays we bake, Wednesdays we chop vegetables for soup and Thursdays we clean and do beeswax modeling.