Squamish Waldorf School serves students from pre-Kindergarten through grade eight, in a learning environment that is thoughtful and progressive. With a supportive community of faculty, staff and parents, we’re able to meet students where they are developmentally, intellectually and emotionally. While what we teach is critical to our goals, it is how we teach that truly sets us apart.
The early childhood teacher works with the young child first by creating a warm and loving home-like environment that is protective, secure and where things happen in a predictable and regular manner – what we refer to as the “rhythm of the day.” In this way, the child’s senses are nourished, and the joy and wonder of childhood are nurtured. The Waldorf program follows the seasonal rhythm of the year and the celebrations of festivals are happy occasions for children, parents and teachers.
We offer morning-only and full-day kindergarten. Surrounded by natural wood, and beautiful, soft colours and fabrics, children engage in painting, drawing, sewing, felting, and woodwork. A strong foundation for future academic success is built by developing basic skills such as eye-hand co-ordination, tracking, sensory integration, and sequencing. In this loving and creative environment, children are given a range of activities and structure to help them prepare for the next phase of school.
Parent & Child
This program offers parent insight and practical tools for the task of raising healthy, balanced children. It also provides a unique opportunity for parents to be with their young children to experience Waldorf education in a beautiful and peaceful space where children feel comfortable and secure exploring their environment while touching base with their parent when the need arises.
Activities like baking or bread making, a circle of singing, verses and movement games and a puppet play or story time are woven into the morning with an easy rhythmic flow, providing a rich space for creative free play for the young child which enhances their mental, physical, and emotional development. Parents will have an opportunity to meet other families, learn about and discuss child development and be supported in parenting. The children see the adults engaged in meaningful activities while parents have an opportunity to observe the children at play.