As at the age of six a change externally expressed in the form of limbs grown longer and replacement of primary teeth occurs with children. They enter games with a predetermined goal and respect appears in their attitude toward adults, from role models the latter turn into beloved authorities. Rudolph Steiner explainеd that these changes result from the fact that life-forces have completed their job of individualization of physical bodies. Now these forces are at the disposal of mind and children are ready for the process of studying.
To be students they should have developed imagination (the ability for internal building of images is necessary for a study process), ability to concentrate (it is built during the childhood by proper alternation of free and concentrating activities), motor flexibility (by applying harmonic movements and by wealth of experiences for the gross and fine motor skills, it leads to spiritual freedom), ability for verbal expression and external balance (it helps children to orient themselves in the surrounding space and is a sign of inner balance).
In the preschool group for 5- and 6-year-olds it is worked towards development of the above capabilities through a lot of practical activities, rhythmic games, work with the senses, artistic activities (painting, modeling, music), figuring out of stories and storytelling, drama and theater. Through motor-skills games children recognize inside, outside, in front, behind, and by sorting, arranging and counting natural objects such as acorns and chestnuts they use mathematical language in a natural way. Children are encouraged to tell stories with their own words, which are also enacted with puppets. Thus, by means of a story and dialogue they develop verbal capabilities. Practical activities such as sewing, weaving and finger knitting develop coordination between hands and eyes and the capability for orientation necessary for the process of handwriting.
|08:40-09:40||Main activity for the day and free play
The main activity depends on the day of week as follows:
|09:40-10:00||Children and teachers sing everybody’s names and go back singing to their rooms, toilet, hand washing|
|10:00-10:20||Finger games, salutation, poems and songs with gestures|
Snack is different every week day:
What comes next is preparation for going out in the yard, cleaning the tables, toilet and dressing
|11:30-12:25||Free outdoor play (in the yard)|
|12:25-12:30||Going back from the yard
After coming back from the free play in the yard children use the toilet, wash their hands and teachers hand them out drinking water
|12:30-13:00||Storytelling circle time
Time for a story, birthdays and festivities
Weekly menu from the catering company is placed in view in the entrance hall of the preschool building on the first floor
|13:30-13:40||Preparation for the afternoon nap
Washing, toilet and preparation for afternoon nap
|13:40-15:40||Afternoon nap / afternoon classes|
|15:40-16:00||Wake up and getting dressed|
|16:30-18:00||Free play and seeing children off
Depending on weather conditions outdoor or indoor free play is organized