The program of Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner Preschool is strongly founded on a deep understanding of child development and supports the care and nurturing of the young child’s curiosity, reverence for life, joy and wish to grow and become. The program has a balance between teacher-led activities imitated by the children and child-directed play.
Meaningful adult activity to be imitated
“The task of the early childhood educator 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… must be derived directly from life itself rather than being “thought out” by the intellectualised culture of adults. …The most important thing is to give children the opportunity to directly imitate life itself.”
Rudolf Steiner, The Child’s Changing Consciousness
- Listening to and observing a puppet/prop story each day
- A circle time with songs, action rhymes, movement and imaginative role play
- Baking bread, making lunch, setting the table and washing up
- Mending, sweeping, crafts, drawing, painting and gardening
Play is the essential avenue by which the young child comes to understand their physical and social world. In play activities, children can develop verbal, conceptual, physical and social/emotional capacities. Our program includes:
- Child-directed indoor and outdoor play and social interaction
- Role play including dress ups, home corner play and cubby building
- Story landscapes and healing play
- Play with rhymes, sounds and words
- Play which enjoys movement
- Sensory creative play in the elements e.g. sand, water, mud and stones
Research shows that children best prepare for later academic skills through immersion in regular creative movement, rich oral language, music and creative play and that these are even more beneficial than early work with reading and writing letters, words and numbers.
Neurological Development studies suggest that the proprioceptive and vestibular systems must be well developed through extended time for movement such as running, gardening, climbing, swinging and skipping¹ so that letter and number shapes can be visualised and imprinted. Challenges to literacy skills occur when vestibular functioning is not yet mature.²
¹ Ibid. ² Goddard-Blythe S, The Well-Balanced Child
Regular parent education talks and workshops on celebrating festivals at home, creative discipline, storytelling, healthy foods and supporting child health are held at the preschool and Castlecrag campus regularly and are usually freely available to parents.
Parent Education Handbook: 2019 Term 2