Asheville Waldorf School’s Early Childhood program fosters the magic of childhood, building the foundation for creative and flexible thinking later in life. In this warm, loving and nurturing environment, children participate in activities within a healthy daily rhythm that prepares them for lifelong academic excellence.

Asheville Waldorf School is a Developing Member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).

Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN ) LogoWe honor these essentials for young children:

  • Imaginative, self-initiated creative play with natural materials
  • Daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms
  • Singing, movement, art, puppet plays and storytelling
  • Fostering awe and wonder for the natural world

Many of the activities in our Nursery and Kindergarten classrooms are extensions of home life. Depending on the day of the week, the children may grind grain for the bread they bake for snack, do simple finger knitting, gardening, mending or housekeeping. They learn to love and care for their things in their classroom home. Activities such as listening to the telling and retelling of fairy tales, painting with watercolors and forming colorful beeswax into delightful shapes guide the flow of the day. Our teachers organize each day carefully so that the children may rely on the rhythm. Festivals and celebrations provide many magical moments throughout the year.

Bridge Class

Fridays 9:30-11:30 am

In this class, the child begins in the fall with their parent similar to our Parent-Child Class. Throughout the fall semester, parents and children will share songs, circle time, indoor play/outdoor play, child/adult crafts, a healthy snack and a puppet play.

In the New Year (2021), the parent gradually phases out of the classroom, and the child continues on with their teachers in the same rhythm until the end of the school year. This class supports children and adults as a ‘bridge’ from Parent-Child class to be ready to attend school the following fall. Children must be 2 years old by January 1st, 2021. This class meets on Fridays 9:30-11:30 am.
Children must be 2 years old by January, 1st 2021


Half Days 8:45 am-12:45 pm

The Nursery provides a warm, nurturing bridge between home and school. Held within the embrace of our daily, weekly, and yearly rhythm, children learn how to gain independence and trust in the world beyond home. Children explore language through finger-plays, games, poetry, song, and stories. Ample opportunities for large movement allow children to integrate sensorimotor systems, and social development is fostered as children learn to navigate the dynamics of working and playing with others.

The Nursery welcomes children aged two and a half to four and a half. We offer a 5-day morning option (Monday-Friday), a 3-day morning option (Wednesday-Friday) or a 2-day morning option (Monday-Tuesday). Each morning runs 8:45 am-12:45 pm. The nursery classes will be reserved for our youngest students, and are open to children who are using the bathroom independently and will be between the ages of two and a half and four and a half as of September 1, 2020.


Half Day 8:45am – 12:45 pm

Kindergarten provides a magical world for the young child. Literacy is taught through the emergent literacy model; games, songs, stories, and verse teach syntax, structure, word order, and phonological awareness. Love of story is fostered through oral storytelling, puppetry and plays. Math skills are also brought in lively and meaningful ways, such as finger plays or counting napkins for the table. A sense of purpose and contribution to the community comes in many ways: children help prepare the daily snack, care for the classroom, and work in the garden. Social learning continues to be a focus of growth, and curiosity and scientific discovery is encouraged through interaction with the natural world. Fine-motor development is acquired through long-term handwork projects and crafts, while gross-motor skills are attained through circle, open-ended movement, and outdoor play. Special attention is paid to sensorimotor systems which, when fully consolidated in early childhood, provide a sound foundation for successful academic learning later in childhood.

Our mixed-age Kindergarten program welcomes children who are age three and a half by September 1st, to six-year-olds. We offer 5-day Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year.

Rest Nest (Extended Day Kindergarten)

Extended Day 12:45 pm-3:15 pm

Rest Nest, an extended day option for children once they turn 5 and will be offered from 12:45 pm-3:15 pm. Full-day kindergarten is a wonderful opportunity for the older child to prepare for his or her transition to the 1st grade with longer school days. The full-day kindergarten program includes rest time, snack, circle time and outdoor play.

Our Curriculum lays the foundation for lifelong learning:

Our Waldorf early childhood program is based upon the recognition that the child’s young child learns primarily through social relationships and sensory experiences.  The young child absorbs and emulates all that is in her surroundings; thus, adults must be models worthy of imitation, and the environment should offer beautiful, meaningful and true experiences.  Early circumstances that foster trust in the world enable the child to go forth in life with initiative and purpose. In a physically beautiful, emotionally supportive and carefully structured home-like environment, the child’s day naturally flows between adult-led and self-initiated activities that reflect the child’s need for both active and quiet time.  A reverence for life and the earth is naturally woven into every day.

Ample Time

Caring Environments

Sample Daily Rhythm for Early Childhood

8:45-9:00 Arrival
9:00-10:00  Indoor free play, daily artistic activity
10:00-10:10 Tidy up
10:10-10:30 Circle time
10:30-11:00 Small snack
11:00-12:00   Outdoor play
12:00-12:10 Transition inside
12:10-12:35 Lunch time
12:40-12:45 Dismissal