Early Childhood

What is Waldorf 
Early 
Childhood 
Education?

Live Oak Waldorf School's Early Childhood education program consists of a nurturing environment where our teachers and parents gently guide the young child through observationimitation, and discovery that lay the foundational seeds for later learning. Warm and fragrant, the classroom space invites the child to indulge his or her imagination and our beautiful 40-acre campus provides ample opportunity to explore the natural world. 

These programs include Parent-Child, Preschool, Kindergarten and our signature Outdoor Homeschool Kindergarten.

Basis for Waldorf Early Childhood Education:
-Love and warmth
-Free- imaginative play
-Creative, artistic experiences
-Nourishment for the senses
-Care for the environment
-Meaningful adult activity as an example for the child's imitation
-Honoring Childhood
-Gratitude, reverence, and wonder
-Joy, humor, and happiness


Why Play in the Early Childhood

How Play Wires Kids’ Brains For Social and Academic Success
By Jon Hamilton
AUGUST 7, 2014
When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.

“The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,” says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. “And without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed,” he says.     

It is those changes in the prefrontal cortex during childhood that help wire up the brain’s executive control center, which has a critical role in regulating emotions, making plans and solving problems, Pellis says. So play, he adds, is what prepares a young brain for life, love and even schoolwork.
   
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