At Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School, the kindergarten years are considered to be particularly unique and valuable. Children use their senses to absorb their environment into their whole being. With this understanding as well as the knowledge that a child learns through imitation and modeling. Children are surrounded with harmony, beauty and truth in all aspects of their school lives: Classrooms are designed specifically to be visually appealing, and children hear and play live music. All of the materials used in making toys, such as wood, wool and felt, are natural and of high quality.
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The kindergarten program at Kamaroi is based on our experience and understanding of child development. We are aware of the importance of a stable rhythm and reliable daily routine for the security and wellbeing of the child. Our daily routine and weekly rhythm remain constant throughout the year, changed only by the learning experiences that reflect the seasonal changes in the child’s environment.
The future for our children is unknown, yet we must educate them for it. At Kamaroi we nurture and facilitate creative, self-directed play, as we believe that the initiative, imagination and flexibility awakened in the children’s play, underpins later academic learning and are the basis for innovative thought in all spheres of adult life.
By providing adequate space and time for self-directed play, we enable the children to work with all that they have observed in everyday life, both real (the builder, the parent, the gardener, the animals etc.) and imagined.
Through their involvement in play, the children become implicitly engaged in the key learning areas, for example:
Language – communicating; listening and developing their spoken language to coincide with the context of the play.
Numeracy – sharing and counting objects; creating repeating patterns; sequencing events; giving and following simple directions.
Emotional and Physical Education – expressing feelings, needs and wants; seeking help when faced with simple problems.
Fine Motor Skills – knitting, crochet and needlework.
Gross Motor Skills – outside play and activity.
The Kindergarten is perceived as an extension of the children’s home environment and through becoming involved in the many and varied domestic activities that occur throughout the day and over the course of the year, there are many and varied opportunities and learning experiences.
Programming decisions are based on the children’s immediate environment and have a seasonal and/or festival focus, and reflect the children’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language, creative and spiritual development.