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Singing Winds Waldorf School

3000 80th Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171

(708) 452-7100


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Waldorf

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Waldorf education enlivens the inner life of the child through the practical work of everyday life, engaging their natural sense of wonder, respect and curiosity to instill them with social awareness, creative flexibility in thinking and the skills and courage to realize their objectives. Learning occurs by engaging the whole child: their head, their heart and their hands. Lessons are taught to ensure each of these aspects are being reached.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:30 am As the children arrive, the teachers are working and preparing snacks. The children play until about 10:00 while the adults are guiding and working with them.

9:45/10:00 We clean up with the children.

10/10:15 Circle Time - we gather in a circle to sing and move to verses, songs, and stories

10:30 Bathroom break. Wash hands for snack.

10:45 Snack time.

11:15 Short rest and singing.

11:30 The children play outside.

12:15 pm Back in the classroom, the teachers tell a story, do a puppet show, or lead the children in modeling with beeswax.

12:30 Class ends. This is a busy time. Some children stay for aftercare, while the others are picked up by their parents.

12:50 The teachers will be available to answer your questions at this time.

9:30 Arrival and settling-in

9:40 Free play, artistic projects and discussion

The children play with simple toys crafted of wood, silk and other natural fibers, pine cones, sticks, and play stands, while the parents may work on various craft projects and discuss reading materials that focus on parenting, Waldorf education, and related topics.

10:30 Circle Time

After cleaning up, everyone comes together in a circle for seasonal poems, finger plays and songs accompanied by movement.

10:45 Snack

Healthy, fresh organic food prepared by the class.

11:10 Puppet show or story time

The class ends with a puppet show or story presented by the teacher. This is followed by cleanup and our good-bye circle. Class ends at 11:30.

Excerpted from the preschool's website