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Heart To Hand Preschool

953 W Peckham Ln
Reno, NV 89509-5308

(775) 348-6622


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf

From the Director:

In the Waldorf preschool tradition, our teachers create a simple and loving space where children can develop free imaginations, explore and express their creativity, and engage in discovery learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

>> Teachers engage with children individually and in small groups throughout every day.
>> Teachers communicate with parents regularly, both formally and informally, as well as any involved counselors, therapists, etc.
>> Continuing in-service teacher education in areas of assessment, developmental modalities, remedial methodologies, extracurricular enhancement activities, etc.
>> Weekly faculty meetings to address student (and parent) progress, needs, areas of concern, etc.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Heart to Hand is a Waldorf inspired, play-based and child centered preschool. The school is organized as a non-profit organization and governed by a board of committed parents, employees, and other community individuals.

At Heart to Hand, our belief is that the most important thing for a child to do is engage in imaginative play. Through creative play, children experience their surroundings, explore the use of their bodies and understand their relationship to the world.

The school does not offer an academic based curriculum. Rather, the foundations of education including literacy are introduced in a daily rhythm with activities such as story telling. Poetry, finger games, puppetry, and movement are used to enhance large motor skills through organized play. Toys are made of natural materials and every day objects requiring children to utilize imagination during play.

The Waldorf environment is one that is uncluttered and calming. Interior colors are soft and warm and light is diffused. Our intention is to offer a nurturing space where children feel confident to explore their growing sense of self.

A Typical Day

Outdoor Play Garden, Circle, Morning Snack, Arts & Crafts, Singing & Musical Instruments, Story & Puppetry, Baking & Woodworking, Imaginative Free Play, Lunch, Nap/Quiet Time, Afternoon Snack, More Art & Creative Free Play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Ongoing communication methods include daily opportunities for parent-teacher and parent-director conversations, regular parent-teacher conferences, and active parent association, special speakers and parent training workshops, and the dissemination of educational literature via our extensive lending library (plus books for sale), sending home pertinent developmental articles, and our newsletter.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Both children and parents may experience separation anxiety. We respond to and support each child and parent uniquely and individually using a wide variety of relational means.