Peach Blossom is the name of the school pre-kindergarten program. Children are accepted into Peach Blossom when they are four and a half years of age. This year serves as a gradual and gentle transition into school life. Children attend a mixed class made up of both Peach Blossom and full time kindergarten children. Peach Blossom children attend the school part time.
Peach Blossom kindergarten is grounded in Steiner Education principles, particulary the understanding of child development. The young child is engrossed in learning through imitation. The kindergarten environment supports this by ensuring that teachers and assistants are worthy of imitation.
Each day a strong rhythm is followed, providing simple domestic and artistic activities, a rest time after lunch and a healthy balance of indoor and outdoor play. Stories, rhymes, music, movement, problem solving, social interaction and social learning, basic physics, language development and the ongoing development of fine and gross motor skills are all part of our school day.
Peach Blossom provides an environment which allows the young child to exercise his/her dynamic power of imagination through play. Play materials are natural, simple and beautiful allowing the child’s forces of imagination to conjure and transform simple objects into imaginative and magnificent moments. The process of creation is more important than the product created.
The children experience a sense of joy and well-being in an environment which does not rush them through this vital period of childhood but gives them time to live strongly in their imaginative will forces and places value on creative play as a basis for future learning.
In this beautiful, purpose-built creative environment the children are given the opportunity to make a meaningful connection to the teacher and other children.