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Sunrise School of Miami

8795 SW 112th Street
Miami, FL 33176

(305) 274-6562


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf

From the Director:

Waldorf education is based on the development of the child and this is apparent from Early Childhood through high school in Waldorf schools. Play, fantasy, and movement characterize daily life in a Waldorf kindergarten. The Waldorf curriculum includes a full range of arts and handcrafts. The children learn to pain, draw, model with beeswax and with clay, knit, crochet, sew and and embroider, and to carve and work with wood. They also learn to sing, and play music in addition to the full array of academics - the students are inspired for a life long love of learning.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • painting, modeling, finger knitting, sewing, drawing
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • finger knitting, activites that lay the begining understanding of the quality of numbers
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Circle time each day
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • fiber art
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught The children in Early Childhood are learning the important skills that are acquired through play and the interaction of others - compromise, negotiating, laying of moral fiber. Additionally, through their handwork their fingers, and focus is worked on for their journey into their formal education that will start at age 7.

From the Director:

The Waldorf curriculum truly educates the whole child - head, heart and hand. for more in depth information on Waldorf education as well as articles on the many benefits of Waldorf Education.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Waldorf teachers are passionate about the developing child. Our teachers are committed to further education specific to the Waldorf curriculum and methods. They attend a three (3) year training as well as a "preparing for the grades" each summer. In addition, outside evaluators and mentors are utilized to maintain the quality of our program and enhance the teacher knowledge and skills.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Waldorf education is based on the development of the child, the importance of the arts, the comprehensiveness of the curriculum, the understanding of the child as a moral, social and spiritual as well as an intellectual being and so on.

A Typical Day

Until the age of seven the child is basically a being of will and movement. Hence, games and movement activities that awaken and develop physical coordination play an important role. The child is also a being of play and fantasy - and play, according to Steiner, is "the work of the young child." In fact, the exercise of fantasy in free play is essential to the later development of intellectual thinking. The young child is still in a world of fantasy and imagination and should be allowed to enjoy and to fully experience this "kingdom of childhood."

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year