In an environment full of love and warmth, amidst songs, fairy tales, natural materials, arts and free play, little children thrive in our Waldorf kindergarten. Teachers get to know each child’s personality and together with its parents discuss how it walks along its own way, what it needs and how they can help it together.
Children at that age need to feel at home. They need a caring, accepting and nurturing environment. The mild and natural colors, forms and materials as well as the spiritual warmth of the carers encourage children to relax and develop their individuality. Free play with natural materials (fabrics, wooden cubes, knitted bands, chestnuts, acorns, sea shells, and so on) is healthy food for fantasy, imagination and development of the senses. The daily, weekly and annual rhythms makes children feel secure.
In Waldorf education, the focus when working with little children is to help them develop through free play, arts and crafts. We avoid “early intellectualization” as we consider it harmful to the kids. Kids become healthy and happy individuals only when they develop equally their body, soul and intellect. In their early years, the development of the body is extremely important. Hence, they need to play, create and socialize much more than they need to memorize facts, or learn to read and write.
|08:40-09:40||Main activity for the day and free play|
The main activity depends on the day of week as follows: Monday – watercolor painting; Tuesday – work with wool and natural materials; Wednesday – beeswax modeling; Thursday –bread kneading; Friday –kindergarten cleaning or hiking in the woods.
|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: Monday – rice with raisins; Tuesday – barley with cheeseе; Wednesday – millet with walnuts; Thursday – rye breads kneaded by the children; Friday – muesli (oat flakes and fruits). 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
Our kindergarten is located in a spacious house with a front and back yard full of trees, flowers, and covered in natural mulch. It belongs to a quiet neighborhood near downtown Sofia.
For the kindergarten address and admission contacts, see our About Us page.
For admission procedure and fees, see Admission.