The Waldorf curriculum is structured to respond to the three developmental phases of childhood: from birth to approximately 6 or 7 years, from 7 to 14 years and from 14 to 18 years, and is presented to children in a way that is appropriate to their stage of development. Rudolf Steiner stressed to teachers that the best way to provide meaningful support for the child is to comprehend these phases fully and to bring to the students “age-appropriate” content that nourishes healthy growth.
When we bring to the child, first at the right moment, matter appropriate to his facilities, to his disposition, then it will become a source of refreshment for the child throughout his whole life.– Rudolf Steiner
Our warm welcome to learning, Parent-Child Garden offers weekly teacher-led classes for babies, toddlers and young children with their parent or caregiver. Fall, winter and spring sessions meet during the school year in an inviting Waldorf classroom.
At Berkshire Waldorf School, young children learn through imaginative play, explorations in nature, real work, singing, storytelling and puppetry. Their later academic success is fueled by rich sensory experiences, providing a holistic education that honors each child’s developmental readiness and innate potential, as they learn first hand how the world works.
Early childhood classes take place in nurturing classrooms filled with the fragrance of handmade bread or soup made with vegetables the children harvest from our own organic garden. Children engage their imaginations indoors with simple natural playthings and outdoors with the best playthings of all: the Hairy Beary Woods, Tree Island, and surrounding gardens, fields and streams, changing through the seasons of the year.
Each child begins the school day with an individual greeting and a firm handshake from the class teacher. The atmosphere at the school is warm and supportive, and our standards and expectations are high. We encourage students to look for the best in themselves and in others in a manner that leads to a purposeful life.
The Great Berkshire Waldorf School also offers a popular Waldorf-inspired summer day program for children entering Kindergarten through Grade 8.
The affiliated Berkshire Waldorf High School continues the tradition of excellence in Waldorf education, welcoming and enabling students to complete their journeys through 12 grades in the Berkshires.