RSSAA - Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

Early Childhood Curriculum Guide

Language Arts and Reading Preparation

Early Childhood Cirriculum GuideVigorous language arts circle fosters:

  • Strong memory
  • Listening skills
  • Imagination
  • Flexible thinking

Rich oral tradition of daily storytelling and puppetry fosters:

  • Imagination
  • Early literacy development
  • Focus and concentration


Math and science are experienced and internalized daily by:

  • Playing number games
  • Measuring during cooking and baking
  • Counting, sorting, planning and sequencing
  • Daily nature walks and observations
  • Gardening and care of the environment

World Languages

  • Chinese
  • German
  • Spanish

Social Studies

  • Stories from a variety of cultures

Sensory Education

Healthy movement creates the foundation for cognitive development

  • Experiences designed to encourage the child to explore their world
  • Classroom and outdoor environment designed to engage the child in healthy, creative play
  • Varied and challenging physical activities offered to increase spatial awareness and balance
  • Creative play encouraged to inspire imagination and enhance cognitive abilities

Social/Emotional Education

Creative play develops social awareness

  • Children learn how to play together, cooperate, manage conflict and start to develop friendships
  • Time devoted daily to fostering self-care
  • Responsibility instilled through daily jobs of cleaning and caring for the classroom
  • Good communication, compassion for others and cooperation are imparted

Artistic and Practical Skills Education

  • Visual arts offered through watercolor painting and beeswax crayon coloring
  • Fine motor development encouraged through finger knitting and weaving with wool yarn
  • Woodworking foundational skills introduced