The Cedar Forest Kindergarten program qualifies for the BC Ministry of Education Independent School certification for children turning five years by December 31st (space permitting and upon assessment,consideration will be given to younger children). Two Kindergarten Programs are offered, a half-day program from 8:00 am – 12:00 noon, and a full-day program from 8:00 am – 2:45 pm – both programs Monday – Thursday. The teachers have met BC Independent School Teacher certification as trained Waldorf educators and have current Child-Safe certificates.
The Cedar Forest Kindergarten staff offer an early childhood educational experience based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, which emphasizes the “Kingdom of Childhood” through the world of play, fantasy, imagination, rhythm, beauty, and purposeful work. It is through these experiences that all other learning grows. We strive to ensure a program that provides opportunities for emotional, social, creative, cognitive, and physical development. Through predictable daily and weekly rhythms, a sense of responsibility, order, and security blossoms in the child.
Our program also provides outdoor education (nature walks), nurturing arts and handcrafts, crayoning, watercolour painting, beeswax modeling, baking, felting, and woodwork. Seasonal verses, songs,puppet shows, fingerplays, and storytelling told in a weekly rhythm help to strengthen the child’s ability to listen and concentrate,expand language development, foster memory growth, and create the foundation for long term literacy. In addition, movement and circle games also help improve physical coordination and dexterity, and quietly build capacities for the understanding of mathematical