The Hartsbrook School

Early Childhood

ECboyWebOur Early Childhood programs attend to children’s unfolding capacities and awakening interests and meet their deep devotion to life with a gentle, loving environment. Young children imitate and absorb their surroundings deeply. At Hartsbrook great consideration is given to the children’s play environment, which is created to be beautiful, healthy and natural.

In addition to a nurturing space, we also offer rhythm and balance in daily and weekly schedules and opportunities for children to experience new social interactions in a safe setting. Our programs provide the foundation for developing creative thinking and sound character through activity, imitation and imaginative play.

Please visit the pages for our Early Childhood programs:

Cricket on the Hearth: Parent-Baby and Parent-Child classes that deepen our parenting capacities and nourish our children, up to age 4.

Nursery and Kindergarten: Children ages 2.9 to 6 receive rich exposure to language, culture, and social interaction through stories, songs, verses, imaginative play, and practical activities.

See Also

Rachel Kennedy, Hartsbrook Forest Kindergarten Teacher, “My Path to the Forest” (Renewal Magazine, Fall/Winter 2014)

Hartsbrook School to Launch ‘Forest Classroom’ to Integrate Play, Nature and Learning (Springfield Republican, April 16, 2014)

From the Hartsbrook Blog — Early Childhood

The Kindergartens’ Michaelmas Celebration
At the end of September, near the midpoint of the summer and winter solstices, when the days and nights are of equal length, comes the festival of Michaelmas. The last of the summer roses are in bloom, sunflowers bend their heavily-laden heads towards the earth, and purple Michaelmas daisies bedeck the meadows and hedgerows. The fruit has ripened, the grains…

Six Essential Components of Waldorf Early Childhood Education
The Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) has created a YouTube channel with videos that explore six essential components of Waldorf early childhood education. The videos feature footage from Hartsbrook and other Waldorf schools. Please follow the links below to view the videos.   Ample Time and Space The first essential component of a Waldorf early childhood education…

Life in the Forest Kindergarten
Life in the Forest Kindergarten is full of the sounds and smells of Spring. The purposeful vitality of the children is matched only by the sap rising in the trees and the birdsong filling the branches. In the Forest we experience each season with the whole of our being. Now that the sun has warmed and softened the earth, and…