Kinderhof Waldorf School views each child as a unique growing human being of body, soul, and spirit, all of which must be nurtured through education.  Founded in Europe in the early 20th century, Waldorf Education is based on the insights, teachings, and principles of education outlined by the scientist and philosopher, Rudolf Steiner.  The principles of Waldorf Education evolve from a profound understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child.

The philosophy of Kinderhof is influenced by the work of Elizabeth Grunelius, (First Waldorf kindergarten teacher), Emmi Pikler, Hungarian pediatrician (Pikler Institute, Budapest, Hungary), Magda Gerber, founder of RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers), LifeWays North America and Jaiman McMillian, founder of Spacial Dynamics.

Between birth and age seven, the child learns mainly though imitation—deeply assimilating perceptions, then grasping with the will and reflecting back to the outside (like an echo).  The atmosphere surrounding the child is filled with beauty, morality, and role models worthy of imitation.  At this age the children need warmth and protection to develop their capacities in a natural, supportive, non-competitive, and free atmosphere for creative play and work.


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