Many families at Marin Waldorf School were first drawn to Waldorf education when they discovered our magical early childhood programs. Every year, our skilled and nurturing early childhood teachers create a warm, homelike environment for their young students, with natural rhythms, homemade snacks, and lots of stories and outdoor play.
Our preschoolers and kindergartners generally spend a large part of their day outdoors, with large oak- and redwood-shaded play yards just for them. Even so, it was hard to imagine our cozy early childhood classrooms moved almost entirely outdoors! But, as we prepared to reopen campus, early childhood, like the rest of our school, is taking advantage of our abundant outdoor space.
Behold the magical environment our early childhood teachers created for Marin Waldorf School Outdoors. From the new vegetable garden in the Hollyhock classroom to Ms. Sarah’s seasonal felted fairy wearing her face masks, not a detail has been overlooked. Welcome home, students!
“We have been having a wonderful time at home discovering new ways of bonding as a family, and settling into a routine that honors everyone’s needs,” says preschool mom Elizabeth. “We have transformed a corner under the stairs into our Waldorf inspired area, which we call it “La casita de los chiquitines.” Our children love spending time in their new space.”
Here’s a picture of the space before they transformed it into a children’s nook.
And here (drum roll please!) is the after …
When the children aren’t playing, “We have also been having fun cooking, singing, watching seeds grow, harvesting veggies and herbs from our small potted garden, watercoloring, making watercolor paints out of spices, and improvising puppet shows,” says Elizabeth!
Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing these amazing photos of your home!
In this sweet story recorded by preschool lead teacher Ms. Sarah, the teeny tiny man’s picnic lunch is adapted to include social distancing from his dear bird friend. Even apart, the two friends find a way to enjoy their picnic together. In Ms. Sarah’s magical reading, social distancing feels cozy and heart-warming.
In a teeny tiny house, in a tall, tall tree Lived the tiniest little man that you ever did see Teeny, teeny tiny was he…
Listen to the whole story, read by Ms. Sarah, of “Teeny Tiny Man’s Separated Picnic,” below.
How are you adapting your favorite activities to social distancing today? Please share your stories.