The teaching method in a Waldorf kindergarten is quite different from most other mainstream education approaches in the United States. Like other Waldorf schools, our early childhood program at Madison Waldorf School is focused on the developmental needs of our students, and designed to encourage purposeful joy.
Imaginative play, artistic expression and extended contact with the natural world are at the center of our Early Childhood Program. Our program is structured around daily, weekly, and seasonal rhythms that encourage the child’s social, emotional, and intellectual development, laying the foundation for inspired lifelong learning. Our kindergarten teachers create a warm, naturally beautiful environment in a home-like setting.
Days allow ample time for indoor and outdoor play. Children benefit from participating in purposeful tasks throughout their daily schedule, such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, washing, and more. Circle time allows young children to participate in seasonal verses, songs, stories, and games. Our kindergarten students grow and develop through exposure to artistic offerings, such as puppet plays, live music, drawing, watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, and simple handwork. This daily schedule encourages the development of balance, coordination, and important gross and fine-motor skills, while supporting the child’s imagination, sense of wonder for the world, and reverence for life.
We offer tours of our school Monday through Friday, please call our office at (608) 270-9005 to set up a time to visit, and discover the difference of a Waldorf kindergarten.