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RSSAA - Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

Kindergarten Program

KindergartenAt RSSAA our philosophy is that young children learn best in a warm, homelike environment where the curriculum is imparted naturally through daily activities. Child-led, imaginative play is interspersed with rich, vibrant storytelling, gardening, the preparation of warm, nourishing food, and art activities. Our Kindergarten students form deep connections to each other and their teachers in our mixed age, multi-year program.

Play is central to the Waldorf Kindergarten Program. Children develop creative thinking, problem-solving abilities and social skills through play and free exploration. Simple, natural materials encourage children to form their own games and stories. They experience the outdoors and nature through outdoor free play and morning walks in the woods on our campus.

Our Language Arts circle is the cornerstone of every day. Hearing stories told aloud and watching puppet plays cultivate the imagination and strengthen the ability to listen and concentrate. Poems and songs deepen vocabulary and lay the groundwork for later literacy. Twice a week the class enjoys participating in a German, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese immersion circle with our expert world language teachers. Students develop the foundations of mathematics naturally as they complete enriching activities like baking bread, playing counting games, and preparing daily snacks together. Through this sort of experiential learning, students develop a deepened understanding of numerical relationships. The children also engage in watercolor painting, handwork and seasonal crafts. Our Kindergarten program also has a unique intergenerational connection to the community as we host monthly visits with residents from an assisted living facility during craft and snack time.

We are committed to our school wide environmental curriculum and outdoor education. One of our Kindergarten classes is held exclusively outdoors during the morning. This program includes all of the curricular components of our standard Kindergarten, with an added emphasis on nature based activities. Every Kindergarten class will spend time with the outdoor class, ensuring that all our students benefit from this rich experience.

Our first grade readiness program called The Golden Eagles, works with our oldest Kindergarten students, giving them a strong bridge into the first grade and shaping the group into a cohesive class. The experience is designed to help children build and master some of the skills needed for the more rigorous first grade curriculum.

Schedule

We offer 4, and 5 day options
Half Day, Full Day and All Day
Before care begins at 7:30 and our aftercare program provides care from 3-6pm

Class Size

18