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Kindergarten

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The five-day a week, multi-age kindergarten program at Aurora Waldorf School meets children exactly where they are and grows them into the successful learners they are to become. Students often spend multiple years in our Kindergarten, resulting in continuity from one year to the next and opportunity to first learn from older peers and then to assist younger classmates in the following year.

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Collaboration between the younger and older kindergarteners builds a sense of community. Purposeful activities and imitating the work of adult role models develop gross and fine motor skills, self-confidence, and trust in the world.

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Kindergarten for 4 to 6 year olds
Class Size 16 students
One Lead Teacher & One Assistant 1:8 Adult to Child Ratio
5 Day a Week Schedule Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 12:15 pm
Afternoon Care Available Lunch Bunch Program
(Monday-Wednesday* and Friday)
12:15 pm - 2:50 pm

(*Thursday dismissal is at 12:15pm for students in Pre-K – Grade 5, unless signed up for an aftercare program.)

Daily activities are rich with:

  • Storytelling, puppetry, singing, finger plays, poetry, and games
  • Artistic activity (watercolor painting, crayoning, beeswax modeling, wool, and woodcrafts)
  • Imaginative play and dramatization
  • Domestic arts (cooking, baking, sewing, washing, and cleaning)
  • Nature walks and developmental movement opportunities

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Afternoon Lunch Bunch Program

For full-day Kindergarten students, the school offers a structured afternoon program from 12:15 pm to 2:50 pm on Mondays thru Wednesdays and on Fridays. Thursdays are half days. . Parents are responsible for providing a nutritious lunch for their “lunch buncher.” Advanced registration is necessary.

Morning Rhythm

  • Creative free play (indoor or outdoor depending on the season)
  • Activities may include:
    • Artistic work (painting/coloring/beeswax modeling)
    • Baking (bread/birthday cake)
    • Handwork (seasonal projects)
    • Cooking (chopping fruits/vegetables)
    • Domestic Arts (cleaning/gardening)
  • Tidy classroom
  • Circle time
  • Bathroom and hand-washing
  • Snack may include:
    • Rice
    • Oatmeal
    • Whole grain bread
    • Millet
    • Corn bread with fruit salad (fall and spring) or vegetable soup (winter)
  • Clear table, sweep and wash dishes
  • Rest time and story
  • Bathroom and hand-washing
  • Outdoor play and hike

Dismissal for Half-Day Students

Afternoon Lunch Bunch Rhythm

  • Continued outdoor play
  • Bathroom and hand-washing
  • Lunch
  • Lunch clean up
  • Rest time with a story and lullabies
  • Outdoor play

Dismissal for Full-Day Students