The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s Waldorf education starts with a warm welcome in parent-child classes for babies and toddlers accompanied by a caregiver, Nursery (Pre-K) for young children starting at age 2 years and 9 months through 4, and mixed-age kindergartens for ages 4 to 6. Early childhood classrooms are situated in their own building, equipped with natural playthings and surrounded by gardens, fields and woods. The school is now welcoming applications for Fall 2016, and sliding-scale tuition is available for Nursery and Kindergarten programs. For more information, call Admissions Director Robyn Coe at 413-528-4015, ext. 106 or RSVP for a school tour.
Pre-K and Kindergarten classes at GBRSS develop children’s capacities for creative thinking, problem solving and social skills through free imaginative play. Painting, beeswax modeling, bread baking, songs and games, and plenty of outdoor play all enrich the early childhood experience in daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms that nurture children’s natural feelings of wonder and trust, enhance self-esteem and an openness toward life and learning, and create a natural bridge from home to school.
Weekly Parent-Child Classes for babies 6 months-1 year, toddlers 1-2 years old and young children 2-3 years old with a parent or a caregiver take place in 8-10 week sessions starting September, December and March. When a child is 2 years, 9 months by September 1 and potty trained, they may apply for Nursery, and 4 years old by September 1, for Kindergarten. Nursery classes are available 3, 4 or 5 full days or mornings per week; Kindergarten classes are 4 or 5 full days or mornings. Morning classes start at 8:15 and end at noon; full day classes extend until 2:45, and include lunchtime, rest time and an additional outside play time. Nursery and Kindergarten children create a special community snack with their classmates every morning, and bring their own lunch if they stay for the full day. After care is also available, on an as-needed basis, until 5:30pm.