Rosewood School offers a rich and nourishing home away from home experience for your little one, with daily and weekly rhythms to support your child’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being.
We begin our days with plenty of time for unhurried imaginative, open-ended free play in our cozy, warm home filled with simple, wooden toys and natural playthings. During free play, the children may choose to join our teacher in the morning work, doing chores to gain dexterity and confidence in the meaningful work of caring for our classroom, such as folding laundry, polishing wood with beeswax, and washing and hanging laundry to dry. The children may help prepare the day’s snack and lunch by chopping veggies, grinding grain, and turning the apple peeler. We then have an artistic activity, allowing the children to explore various sensorial mediums, painting with watercolors, making a seasonal craft, kneading bread dough, drawing, or watching a puppet show. When our work and play are done, our teacher then lovingly guides the little ones in seasonal songs and games in our circle time. After enjoying a warm, hearty snack the children have helped prepare, we transition outside for free outside play, rain or shine. We’ll also tend to our gardens. When it is time to come inside, we’ll all join together for a warm family-style lunch prepared at school. For children staying with us for extended day, we transition into nap time, aided by the sweet sounds of softly played live harp music.
Mondays: folding laundry, watercolor painting
Tuesdays: chopping veggies for Stone Soup, seasonal crafting
Wednesdays: grinding grain and peeling apples, kneading bread dough
Thursdays: polishing wood with beeswax, drawing
Fridays: washing laundry and hanging to dry, puppet show
Throughout the year, we will observe the changing of the seasons outdoors in our garden, through seasonal produce we eat with our snack and lunch, on our ever-changing nature table, in our seasonal crafts, in our circle time songs, verses, and games, and in our stories and puppet shows. We also mark the rhythm of the year by observing traditional festivals celebrated in Waldorf schools that give children a special opportunity to experience reverence and awe at the turning of the year. These celebrations are universal and non-denominational. Birthdays are also joyously regarded in the classroom.