Early Childhood

Early Childhood and Kindergarten programs nurture and protect childhood in a beautiful, warm, home-like setting. Reflecting a deep belief that children’s natural creative play contains the cornerstones of academic ability, the rhythm of the school day flows between lively outside play and inside artistic and practical activities. In the first seven years, the child seeks to see that the world is a place of goodness. These early years are a period of joy and exuberance during which the child will absorb and imitate everything he or she sees. Waldorf schools build a foundation for learning by honoring childhood as a valuable time in the individual’s life and teaches in the spirit of gentleness and compassion.

Waldorf ChildSTORIES * SONGS * PUPPETRY * MOVEMENT * PLAY * PRACTICAL ACTIVITIES…

Nourish a sense of awe and wonder. Strengthen a child’s affinity with the world of nature. Awaken imaginative capacities and aesthetic sensibilities. Offer a way to rehearse for life as a productive adult.

Playgroups
Parents and children come together one day a week, and join with others in song, play,
seasonal activities, parent education, visits with the animals, and a snack.

The Desert Marigold Parent/Child Classes will be offered in a fall and spring session. Please click below to view session dates on the registration form. Registration forms may be submitted to the school office. Pre-registration and payment are required as spaces are limited

The registration form can be found on the Forms Page.

Pre-School

Children come together in a class that has a rhythm and includes songs, stories,
puppetry, gardening, baking, nature walks, painting and caring for farm animals.

Desert Marigold offers a 5-day private preschool program. We are a DES authorized site; please attend one of our campus tours for more information about the preschool program and to obtain a registration package

Kindergarten
Children come together and enjoy songs, stories, puppetry, gardening, baking, nature
walks, painting and caring for farm animals. Children also begin knitting, sewing
and doing workbench activities (hammering, measuring and sawing). The program uses
auditory activities, visual discrimination and organizing of time and space to prepare
for 1st grade readiness.

The kindergarten cut off is 5 years old before September 1 of the year the child starts kindergarten.