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Bright Water School

1501 10th Avenue E
Seattle, WA 98102

Phone:
(206) 624-6176

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Waldorf

From the Director:

The Waldorf early childhood program provides a foundation that nurtures the child through all stages of development. By nourishing the mind and the senses through a healthy environment, imaginative play, artistic activity, language, verse, song, puppetry, fairy tales and storytelling, the Waldorf preschool and kindergarten foster the development of the whole child, physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. The child is prepared, not only to develop cognitive skills, but also to live as a responsible, caring human being. The early childhood program provides a protective, beautiful environment in which the young child can grow and develop. The program emphasizes imitation and participation in group activities. The Waldorf preschool and kindergarten nurture the imagination, an important aspect of thinking. In the early childhood program, we address the individual child and try to meet his or her needs; however, we also work to develop the social structure of the class in preparation for the elementary years. The focus of the development of the class is essential in a Waldorf school. The young child experiences the world through movement and activity. The Waldorf kindergarten and preschool setting provides a rich environment and a wide spectrum of activities from vigorous play to quiet listening. The mixed-age group makes the Kindergarten more similar to the home environment and the daily and weekly rhythms help the child feel safe and secure. The rhythms of the day include creative play, artistic activities, work activities, nature experiences and fairy tales given in an atmosphere of beauty, harmony, and purposefulness. In order to provide a solid foundation upon which subsequent academic learning can flourish, the early childhood program addresses the development of the young child's healthy physical body and habits, provides opportunities for social interactions, nourishes the creative imagination, and encourages a sense of wonder and reverence for all life. (Excerpted from website)

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Bright Water School has a highly educated and committed faculty. All class teachers have participated in approved teacher training in Waldorf education philosophy and methods. These dedicated teachers come to the school from a variety of backgrounds, cultural experiences and countries, lending a global perspective to their teaching. The faculty and staff at Bright Water School endeavor to work together in a spirit of cooperation and support; amongst themselves and with the parents of the children that they teach. Such collaboration facilitates meeting each child's educational and developmental needs. (Excerpted from website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Waldorf education provides an academic and artistic education that encourages students to develop into balanced and responsible individuals.

Our preschool program gives children the opportunity for creative play, engaging them in activities through which their power of imagination is strengthened. Our preschool is a warm, protective environment, rhythmically repetitive and secure, in which a child can slowly make the transition from home to school.

The activities of our preschool and kindergarten prepare and strengthen our students for their elementary school years. Songs and nursery rhymes cultivate intimacy with language and the world of words. Listening to stories, watching marionette shows, and participating in dramatic play strengthen the power of memory and imagination. Counting games and rhythmic activities build a solid foundation for arithmetic and number skills. Painting and crafts help the children develop small motor skills, coordination, and the ability to concentrate. Vigorous play develops their large motor skills.

In the natural, loving, and creative environment of the preschool, children are given both the freedom and security to prepare for the next phase of school life. (Excerpted from website)

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
  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school