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Apple Blossom Nursery School

3400 SE Main St.
Portland, OR 97214

(503) 235-5685


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf

From the Director:

Experience a daily rhythm * Listening and language skills through oral story telling and finger play *Problem solving skills and development of the imagination via ample creative free-play * Learning good manners at meal times Social skills by becoming aware of fellow students feelings, abilities and uniqueness *An appreciation of nature through an awareness of the seasons and celebration festivals A life-long love of learning and discovery

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Waldorf education is about teaching your child to learn through imitation & action. We recognize each child's unique spirit & strive to be worthy of their imitation.

A Typical Day

8:25 First children start to arrive

8:50 Last children should arrive

8:35 Tea time includes warm and cold cereal, raisins, and maybe yogurt (using toilet & washing hands before and after).

9:00 Greeting circle

9:10 The Sunflowers (older children) go outside with a teacher, may take a walk with the teachers & a parent volunteer. The Rosebud group stays inside with another teacher to do crafts, or a project, creative free play, & circle time. During both circle times the children enjoy a lavender cream hand massage. Sometimes the children even start to massage each others hands!

10:15 All children enjoy a warm snack (Organic oats, rice, millet, rye & barley warm & delicious! Also milk of choice, like cow, rice, almond, oat or soy)
*using toilet & washing hands before and after

10:35 Circle time for Sunflowers (songs, finger plays, circle games, nursery rhymes).

10:50 Outside play time for Rosebuds (ages 2 & 3). The Sunflowers will stay inside for circle time, craft & free play.

11:50 Using toilets, changing diapers/pull-ups, washing hands.

12:00 Puppet show, story time

12:10 Lunch ( For example: (all organic) Spaghetti, enchilada casserole, cheese pizza on spelt round bread, chili & corn bread, scrambled eggs, Lentil soup, matzo ball soup, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, beets, baby carrots, chard, fresh fruit in season)
*using toilet + washing hands before and after

12:25 Clean up time

12:30 Parents arrive for half day children

12:40 Lay out mats, using toilets, changing diapers/pull-ups

12:45 Rest time singing lullabies, rubbing backs

3:00 Afternoon snack

3:45 Free play inside or outside if weather permits & afternoon activities

4:00-5:00 Last children pick up

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We offer parent enrichment evenings with a child development topics, share an artistic activity, open house to see a day in the room, parent teacher conferences, community events like annual pot lucks, zoo trips, farm trips, beach camping & volunteer opportunities & toy making workshops

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have years of experience & love to help parents & children cope with separation anxiety.

Each child is lovingly guided into the room & depending on their unique needs; we will assist by holding, loving, singing, distracting among many other tools.