Waldorf Kindergarten

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.

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Daily rhythm

08:30-09:00Arrival
08:40-09:40Main 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.
09:40-10:00Children and teachers sing everybody’s names and go back singing to their rooms, toilet, hand washing
10:00-10:20Finger games, salutation, poems and songs with gestures
10:20-10:50Morning snack
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
10:50-11:20Morning classes
11:30-12:25Free outdoor play (in the yard)
12:25-12:30Going 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
12:30-13:00Storytelling circle time
Time for a story, birthdays and festivities
13:00-13:30Lunch
Weekly menu from the catering company is placed in view in the entrance hall of the preschool building on the first floor
13:30-13:40Preparation for the afternoon nap
Washing, toilet and preparation for afternoon nap
13:40-15:40Afternoon nap / afternoon classes
15:40-16:00Wake up and getting dressed
16:00-16:30Afternoon snack
16:30-18:00Free play and seeing children off
Depending on weather conditions outdoor or indoor free play is organized

Location

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.

Admission

For admission procedure and fees, see Admission.