Preschool Program for 3 & 4 year old children. This class is taught by Kelly Hodgkin, who was originally trained in LifeWays, which can best be described as “Waldorf for the very young child”. Kelly completed her Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher Training certification at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training.
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Kelly also completed the foundational training for both H.A.N.D.L.E. (holistic approach for Neurological-Development Learning Efficiencies) and the R.I.E. (Research for Infant Educarers), both of which are often supplemental training programs taken by Waldorf teachers. Kelly was the founding board president of Cedar Springs Waldorf School, which began here on the Hodgkin’s farm on Michaelmas, 1990.
The PlaySchool program builds upon the foundational senses of touch, balance, movement, and a sense that “all is well” but playschool also emphasizes the child’s natural curiosity, exploration, self-confidence, self-respect, caring for the plants, learning how to care for the animals, observing and sharing meaningful work, deepening their capacity for empathy in others, learning how to play with others, expanding their problem solving capacity, developing creativity and imagination, becoming problem solvers, expressing themselves artistically, beginning steps toward taking initiative, and learning some basic life skills (gardening, food preparation, harvesting fruit and vegetables, animal husbandry, food preservation, etc.). PlaySchooler’s typically attend either Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri from 8:15-12:30, which is $300/mo. or a 2:45 pick-up time, which is $400/month.