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Welcome to Rainbow Gardens.
We are building a Waldorf-inspired Early Childhood program for children ages 2-6 in Northfield, VT.
Play-based learning allows children to explore, experiment, and discover the world around them in a fun and engaging way, promoting their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development while fostering a love for learning that will benefit them in the future.
Whole-child education recognizes that children are more than just their academic abilities, and aims to cultivate their intellectual, creative, emotional, and spiritual capacities in a balanced and integrated way.
Waldorf education encourages creativity, imagination, and critical thinking, while fostering a sense of community, social responsibility, and respect for nature and the arts, helping children develop into confident, and compassionate individuals who are equipped to meet the challenges of the future.
Helping each child discover and realize their unique and full potential.
Waldorf education is less concerned about the acquisition of information and rather seeks to inspire a life-long love of learning and develop life’s core competencies:
- Creativity: Providing children with ample opportunities to engage in artistic and imaginative activities, such as drawing, painting, singing, storytelling, and drama, which help them express themselves in a unique and meaningful way.
- Critical thinking: Emphasizing a child-centered, experiential, and interdisciplinary approach to learning, which helps children develop the ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information from different sources, and to think creatively and independently.
- Social and emotional intelligence: Providing children with a supportive and collaborative learning environment that encourages them to develop empathy, respect, and compassion for themselves and others, and to communicate effectively and resolve conflicts in a constructive way.
- Practical skills: Emphasizing practical skills by integrating hands-on, experiential activities, such as gardening, cooking, woodworking, and sewing, which help children develop a sense of mastery, confidence, and self-sufficiency in their daily lives.
- Environmental and global awareness: Promoting a deep connection with nature, and a sense of responsibility and respect for the environment and other cultures, which helps children develop a broader perspective, a sense of empathy, and a commitment to social and environmental justice.