Young children are very open to their environment, and their capacity to live deeply into all that surrounds them is at the root of their learning. We call that capacity Imitation. We present our young students with a world of beauty, that will nurture their sense of ease, joy, and peace. And we strive to provide an environment worthy of imitation, where children can play imaginatively and creatively, gradually developing a balanced feeling life which will lead in turn to a solid and creative capacity for thinking and lively intellectual life.
Young children benefit from a strong sense of routine and predictability, and we work with a very regular rhythm for our daily and weekly activities. Our work unfolds according to the natural rhythm of the week and the seasons. Music and verses accompanied by movement, stories, practical activities of cooking, gardening, sewing, and artistic activities of painting, modelling and drawing, all contribute to the balanced, joyful, and healthy development of young children.
Our Early Childhood Center offers programs for young children from 18 months to 6½ years of age. Parents of children in the Vancouver Waldorf School find themselves supported by a community of families who share and explore the challenges and experiences of bringing up children today. We encourage you to find out what Waldorf ideals have meant to other families.