Young Children are naturally curious about the world. They learn through observing and imitating what they see. The Waldorf School of Baltimore’s Children’s Garden is a child-centered environment in which qualified Waldorf teachers nurture each child’s natural curiosity, enthusiasm, and innate ability to learn. Our Parent and Child program serves families with children from infancy to age three. The Transitional Nursery, Nursery, and Kindergarten programs serve children ages two and a half to six.
It has always been the goal of our founders to establish a school that is truly suited for children. By constantly molding, developing, and evolving the environment to the children’s learning needs, we have managed to transform the Children’s Garden into a safe haven where your children can relax and learn according to their capacity.
We have learned early on that young children process information through their five different senses, and we strove to build a sensorial learning environment that upholds empathy, respect, compassion, and understanding. Here in our kindergarten school, we provide well-selected learning materials and activities that propel your child’s imagination and willingness to learn while making them feel right at home. One of the biggest contributors to our success is our meticulous scrutiny of the traditional educational system. We realized that little of the traditional environment was actually child-friendly and conducive to learning. From there, we identified what needed changing, and that’s when our journey toward a more effective teaching system began.
In the Children’s Garden, the consistent rhythmic structure of the day is geared to the developmental needs of young children. Each day includes free play, outdoor exploration, and teacher-lead activities such as story-telling, circle, gardening, painting, woodworking, and eurythmy . Every experience is intentionally structured to help children form the initial building blocks for long-term academic success and the foundation for a satisfying life as an adult.
Classic children’s literature, told orally or accompanied by puppetry, feeds children’s imagination, builds vocabulary, and supports the development of language and literacy. Students learn to listen respectfully and concentrate. Talented teachers plant the seeds of empathy through the care and nurturing they give each child, serving as role models for the development of loving hearts.
Daily activities, such as preparing meals and caring for the classroom, allow children to explore elementary concepts of math and chemistry, build social skills, and practice real-world problem-solving. Students also celebrate life and the changing of the seasons with festivals and activities.
The Children’s Garden is an early childhood school that fosters ethical and academic excellence. We establish partnerships with parents and the community in many areas in Maryland, including Baltimore, Towson, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Westminster.
To learn more, email the Admissions Office or call: 410-367-6808, ext. 202.