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Preschool Profile: Marin Waldorf School

January 31, 2011

Marin Waldorf School preschool kidsThis week we take a look at the preschool program at Marin Waldorf School, which is home to a wide variety of educational opportunities. Director of admissions Nick Broad answered some questions about Marin Waldorf's preschool and the Waldorf educational approach.

Marin Waldorf School is located at 755 Idylberry Road in the Marinwood area of San Rafael. They also offer a K–8 school program, as well as early childhood parent/toddler sessions. Contact Marin Waldorf School by calling (415) 479-8190 or visiting www.marinwaldorf.org.

Please describe your school's educational approach. What's it all about?

Our Waldorf schools approach is to lay the foundation for learning with child development and brain development strongly in mind. We prepare each student for a life time of critical–thinking skills and problem solving, emotional and social intelligence and physical activity. We use a play approach using appropriate activities that stimulate a child’s imagination and interest, while establishing a strong sense of routine and predictability that creates a safe and secure learning environment.

Marin Waldorf School Open House

January 12, 2011

Marin WaldorfMarin Waldorf School in San Rafael is holding an open house on Saturday, January 15 from 10 am to noon. Marin Waldorf offers preschool through 8th grade. At Marin Waldorf, they celebrate academic excellence, cultivate artistic expression, and help their students develop life-long practical skills. Check out their eleven acres, two preschool classrooms, two kindergarten classrooms, eight large classrooms, a new library, music room, two playgrounds, playing fields, woods, organic garden, woodshop, and outdoor amphitheatre.

Marin Waldorf School is located at 755 Idylberry Road in Marinwood area of San Rafael. Please try to arrive promptly at 10 am as there is a schedule of events you won’t want to miss. After you settle your child into the free childcare in the preschool room, the campus tour starts at approximately 10:15 am, followed by a teacher-led Waldorf orientation, then an alumni panel. For more info, email nickbroad@marinwaldorf.org, call (415) 479-8190, or visit www.marinwaldorf.org.

Preschool Profile: San Anselmo Montessori School

January 3, 2011

San Anselmo MontessoriMarin Mommies is pleased to present a new series of interviews profiling Marin County preschools and preschool programs. As part of our Marin Preschool Guide, these new Preschool Profiles are yet another tool to help parents make informed decisions when undertaking the important task of choosing a preschool for their children. Interested in having your preschool considered for this series? Please contact us.

Our first profiled preschool is San Anselmo Montessori School, located at 100 Shaw Drive in San Anselmo. We asked director Michele King some questions about her school. Contact them by calling (415) 457-3428 or by visiting www.sananselmomontessori.org.

Please describe your school’s educational philosophy. What’s it all about?
San Anselmo Montessori School (SAMS) is based on the Montessori philosophy and is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS). In a multi-aged classroom, children have the freedom to progress at their own pace, explore their world, make discoveries, and draw their own conclusions. Children gain knowledge, confidence, and leadership skills that enable them to offer a positive contribution to their community.

Parent Child programs for Babies and Toddlers at Marin Waldorf School

January 2, 2011

Marin Waldorf School baby and toddler classesMarin Waldorf is now offering classes for babies and toddlers starting on January 3. Listed below are dates, times and prices.

Older Baby Class 8–14 months

  • Mondays 11:15 am–12:30 pm
    Winter session: 13 weeks, January 3–April 11*, $325
    Spring session: 6 weeks, May 3–June 13*, $150
    *No class on January 17, February 21, and May 30

Parents will gather in a circle around their babies for quiet observation. The babies, feeling protected, will be free to explore in a natural organic way. This nurturing atmosphere will lead participants into discussion of topics concerning this precious time of life including attachment, healthy movement, protection of senses and nourishing ourselves as parents. Articles and reading materials will be handed out that support Waldorf parenting principles. Lullabies, seasonal songs, and simple games will be shared and a feeling of community will sustain you in caring for your child at home.

Parent Child programs for Babies and Toddlers at Marin Waldorf School

January 2, 2011

Marin Waldorf School baby and toddler classesMarin Waldorf is now offering classes for babies and toddlers starting on January 3. Listed below are dates, times and prices.

Older Baby Class 8–14 months

  • Mondays 11:15 am–12:30 pm
    Winter session: 13 weeks, January 3–April 11*, $325
    Spring session: 6 weeks, May 3–June 13*, $150
    *No class on January 17, February 21, and May 30

Parents will gather in a circle around their babies for quiet observation. The babies, feeling protected, will be free to explore in a natural organic way. This nurturing atmosphere will lead participants into discussion of topics concerning this precious time of life including attachment, healthy movement, protection of senses and nourishing ourselves as parents. Articles and reading materials will be handed out that support Waldorf parenting principles. Lullabies, seasonal songs, and simple games will be shared and a feeling of community will sustain you in caring for your child at home.

Preschool Philosophies: Which One is Right for Your Child?

October 2, 2010

Ever get confused by all the different kinds of preschool programs out there? Jenifer Wana, mom and author of How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child: The Ultimate Guide to Finding, Getting Into, and Preparing for Nursery School explains the differences in this guest article.

When researching preschools, many parents think about location, schedule, and tuition when deciding where to enroll. Yet there are also major educational philosphical differences that should be considered.

The school’s program philosophy has a lot of to do with the kinds of learning goals the school emphasizes, how the teacher interacts with the students, and what kind of toys and materials are available in the classroom. Finding the right fit for your child’s personality and your family’s values will help make his preschool years a positive experience.

Play-Based

This preschool philosophy, also known as “developmental,” is the most common in the United States. These schools believe that children learn best through play. This builds confidence, creativity, and a love for school while kids learn about a wide variety of things in an age-appropriate way.

Different stations are set up around the classroom—a reading corner, a dramatic play area, a puzzle table, etc. Teachers and facilitate learning while the children play and explore. For example, if children start exploring the sand table, the teacher may take that opportunity to talk about pouring and measuring. Kids generally move freely from one activity to another, though the group comes together for circle time, story time, etc.

There is a strong emphasis on social skills and getting along with others by sharing, taking turns, and resolving conflicts with words instead of crying or hitting. Teachers facilitate these skills by helping kids negotiate who gets to play with a toy or which role each gets to assume in make believe play.