Brooklyn Waldorf School
Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool surveyProgram: Nursery Length of time: 5 days/week Child’s Age: 3-4 years4-5 years Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachersThere is little/no parental involvement with the administration or running of the facility. REVIEW: Gentle philosophy where the children learn by "doing", usually all play-based at this age, following the Rudolf Steiner style of education. Children can be children in a beautiful environment with teachers who look at each child as an individual. The school goes up to 8th grade and it's a wonderful community for kids and for parents. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
Brooklyn Waldorf Summer CampMy daughter has been loving the play based program at the Brooklyn Waldorf School, and I want to give a shout out for their summer programs. If you're staying in town this summer and you're looking for something play-based and fun that will get your kids outside, but not overwhelm, overstimulate, or exhaust them, check out the summer camp. There are two one week sessions for 3-6 year olds and two two-week sessions for 4-6 year olds. And there are sessions with special activities for older children- including a circus camp, beach camp, folk music camp, and a strings camp for the musical (or musically curious) child.
Shout our for Brooklyn Waldorf SchoolOur daughter started the nursery program at Brooklyn Waldorf School this year, and we love it. If you're looking for a really lovely activity to share with your young child, this is a very gentle and sweet program (it's also a good way to learn more about the school and develop a relationship with the school if you are considering it for nursery/kindergarten). I believe classes are available on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays, with separate sessions for younger toddlers and older toddlers. I know that the winter session starts December 2nd, and the school is welcoming interested families to register. The Parent-Child program provides Waldorf education and resources to parents, grandparents, caregivers and children (ages 16 months - 3 years). An intimate group comes together once a week to explore the wonders of the first years of life. The group is guided by gentle rhythms of circle time, creative play, snack and home-like activities such as bread making. Please join us in a welcoming and respectful environment where children can explore and where adults can reflect and gain insights on the most important job of raising children.
(no subject)I'd like to second this recommendation - my son is in kindergarten and loving it. Happy to answer any questions anyone may have.
(no subject)our daughter's wonderful school, The Brooklyn Waldorf School, is having an open house this month. if you're at all interested in Waldorf education or you're looking for a holistic low-fi school for your kid, i highly recommend a visit. the place has been life-changing for us.
(no subject)PROGRAM: 3-Day Nursery Length of Time: 8:30-12 Tues-Wed-Thur 3-4 years I can't say enough good things. I LOVE the Brooklyn Waldorf School! There is such love, such care, such thought given to each and every child. There are two teachers in my son's class of 13 kids. Both teachers are always calm, grounded and easy-going. Nothing is ever a big deal or a problem. You should definitely get to know the Waldorf philosophy to see if it's a fit for you. This is not a program where your 3-4 year old will be learning ABC's and numbers. The focus is more preserving the magic of childhood and developing relationships--how the children relate to each other and how each child presents him or herself to the world. They follow a rhythm each day--baking bread or making soup, making art, learning stories and songs with accompanying movements, playing with simple toys (wooden blocks for building, a wooden kitchen, dolls and scarves), snacktime and ALWAYS outdoor play. The space is beautiful--natural light, pastel colored walls, all toys and furniture from natural materials. There is an outdoor play-yard, not asphalt but with dirt and trees and plants. Lots of things for a child to discover. I love the attention and care given to each child and the sense of community. At our Parent/Teacher conference the subject was about balance--how to help your child find balance in their play, find an ability to be heard and lead, find an ability to adapt and follow. Our teacher prescribed play-dates to the parents. For example: Jane should play with Jill whose younger to help Jane discover how she can lead the play. I was amazed at the observations the teacher had made about each child and the creativity she brought to helping each child. The teacher talked about how that's the role of community--to support each other and help each other find balance in our lives. The school does require a lot of parent involvement. You are really joining a community. A certain amount of volunteer work is required and there is always something to do or be involved in. That was overwhelming for me at first, but I feel that everyone is very welcoming and understanding of busy lives and time constraints. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
Review from PSP Survey, 2010Program: Nursery School Length of Time: Full time (8:30-12pm five days a week) Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: The program is very attentive to each child's individual needs while also being very structured in order to give them a dependable rhythm. There are two teachers (for 12 kids) and what we appreciate most is the care and real love that both teachers feel for our child (and it appears for every child). It has been more than soothing to know my child is going to a place each day that sees him as a unique and fully loveable person even with all the challenges inherent in being three. I love the space which is designed with all aspects of the child's experience in mind (calm colors, natural fibers and wood, hand made or "minimalist" toys - nothing jarring or over stimulating which he has enough of in the "real world"). It is play based and all learning is done through play, songs, activities or stories, not rote learning. They go outside and play EVERY DAY rain or shine! We receive email updates and calls regularly and also have a teacher conference per semester. The main teacher came to our house at the beginning of the year for a home visit - our child loved having her in his space and showing her all his things. Overall we love it. The only drawback is that the school is a bit unorganized since it is fairly new, but it seems that they are aware of that and working hard to get processes in place to fix that. Their "heart" is always in the right place. We love the community and everyone is highly involved. It is not for someone who wants report cards with grades or wants their child reading by kindergarten...that is not the focus at this age. Good luck in whatever you choose!! Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
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