Table of Contents

From the book: Living Kindergarten Introduction

Introduction..........................................................................................................1

The Waldorf Perspective.......................................................................................3

The Unhurried Approach....................................................................................4

Children Learn Through Imitation....................................................................5

The Importance of Imaginative Play................................................................7

Toys and Tools...........................................................................................7

The Value of Rhythm.........................................................................................10

Instilling Reverence and Wonder.........................................................................10

The Role of the Parent as Teacher......................................................................11

Home Life.........................................................................................................12

Environment...................................................................................................12

Working with Siblings and Mixed Age Groups..................................................14

Little Ones in Circle........................................................................................15

The Course of the Day...................................................................................17

Rhythm of the Day..............................................................................................20

Rhythm of the Week............................................................................................26

Rhythm of the Year.............................................................................................30

Festivals in the Kindergarten.............................................................................32

The Nature Table.................................................................................................33

The Seasons........................................................................................................33

Autumn............................................................................................................34

Winter..............................................................................................................35

Spring...............................................................................................................36

Summer............................................................................................................37

About Kindergarten Activities...............................................................................38

Artistic Activities..................................................................................................40

Watercolor Painting...............................................................................................40

Painting Lessons Through the Year........................................................................41

The First Painting Lesson.............................................................................44

Crayon Drawing....................................................................................................46

Beeswax Modeling............................................................................................49

Storytelling................................................................................................51

Nature Stories.......................................................................................................53

Folk Tales and Fairy Tales.....................................................................................54

Puppet Shows.......................................................................................................55

Singing Games.......................................................................................................58

Finger Games.........................................................................................................59

Food for Kindergarten.........................................................................................60

Brown Rice............................................................................................................60

Vegetable Barley Soup............................................................................................60

Millet......................................................................................................................61

Bread.....................................................................................................................61

Kinderhaus Noodles.................................................................................................62

Banana Honey Cake................................................................................................63

Cornbread................................................................................................................63

Old Fashioned Pudding..........................................................................................64

Shortbread Cookies..................................................................................................64

Tahini Cookies.........................................................................................................64

Gingerbread Men.....................................................................................................65

Pizza...................................................................................................................65

Sources for Supplies............................................................................................67