Our Early Childhood program allows children to engage in playful activities, both indoors and outdoors. Through play, children develop the capacity for creative thinking, problem solving, and social skills through their imaginative interactions. Movement and physical play now lay a strong foundation for future academic success.
Memory, Comprehension, and Imagination
The children listen to fairy and folk tales, they watch puppet plays and participate in dramatic play all of which strengthen their power of memory, comprehension, and imagination.
Love of Language
The stories, songs and nursery rhymes told in class cultivate a love for the wonders and joyful world of language.
Math and Number Skills
Counting games and rhythmic activities as well as in the daily activities of bread baking, cooking, and table setting build the base of experience for learning mathematics, sequencing, and number skills.
Learning about the physical world through large and small motor work and imitative play prepares the child for studying the sciences. Because the children engage in playful activities both indoors and outdoors, they get to experience the wonder of the changing climate. Activities are held in the daily and seasonal rhythms that connect the children to the world around them.
Once your child is enrolled in the early childhood program, you have a direct path through to the grade school and high school. CWS has Early Child programs at both our Andersonville Campus (ages 3-6) and our Lincoln Square Early Childhood Center (ages 2-5).
"The task of the kindergarten teacher is to adapt the practical activities of daily life so that they are suitable for the child's imitation through play. The activities of children in the kindergarten must be derived from life itself rather than being 'thought out' by the intellectualized culture of adults. In the kindergarten, the most important thing is to give children the opportunity to directly imitate life itself."
- Rudolf Steiner from "The Child's Changing Consciousness"