To a healthy child, playing is not only a pleasurable pastime, but also an absolutely serious activity. Play flows in real earnest out of the child’s entire organism.
Foundation Year, for 5 to 6 year olds, is the bridge from kindergarten to primary school years.
Students are gently eased to the rhythm and rigor of formal learning by being grouped with same-aged peers and engaging in crafts and projects that span days.
In our Foundation Year class, the teachers would consciously cultivate:
- An aesthetic environment that nurtures and does not overstimulate the children’s senses
- Behaviors and inner qualities worthy of imitation
- Child-directed free play
- A breathing rhythm of contraction and expansion between activity and stillness
- The four foundational senses according to Rudolf Steiner
Our Foundation Year classroom will be a Movable Classroom. First appearing in Scandinavia some 30 years ago, this concept replaces desks and chairs with multipurpose benches and cushions, which students can freely re-arrange for different activities. The endless possibilities and movement help young children focus and learn.