Early Childhood Programs
Our early childhood programs are based on the natural rhythms of everyday life. This rhythm honours children’s need for engaging in practical activities like sewing, cooking, washing, bread-baking, that strengthens their will, artistic activities such as watercolor painting, drawing, nature crafts that provide them with healthy sensory experiences, storytelling and puppet play that foster their imagination, and lots of outdoor play to help them grow strong in their bodies. Our early childhood programs are recognized by the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE).
(Ages 1 – 2.5 years)
Our parent-child program meets for two hours every day, offering support and community to parents and helping our youngest ones to meet the world with wonder. Participants come together in an inviting environment that echoes the rhythms and atmosphere of a Waldorf early childhood classroom. Parents accompany their children in outdoor activities, circle time (songs, finger play, and nursery rhymes), free/creative play, preparing a snack, sharing a snack, creating simple crafts, and enjoying physical movement. Teachers guide discussions among the parents while the children are encouraged to explore and engage in play.
(Ages 2.5 to 6 years)
Ukti offers a gentle, nurturing kindergarten experience to a mixed age group of children, where the “olders” care for and guide the “youngers” who are inspired by them. Great care is taken to create a loving and home-like environment where children can imitate life in its most simple elements. Children engage in free play and purposeful work such as cooking, cleaning, crafting, sewing, organic gardening to name a few. With daily outdoor time and story time, they fully experience their capacities for movement and stillness. The teacher interweaves all activities through rhythm, repetition, and reverence to create a wholesome experience for the young child.
The early childhood curriculum acknowledges and supports the tremendous physical growth taking place in the child at this time. Children experience ample and varied movement which is key to forming the neurological pathways required for writing, reading, and spelling in later years. Along with lots of outdoor time, daily activities nurturing the child’s will ensure that children grow in a healthy manner. For instance, baking bread by turning raw flour into something that can be eaten at the end of the day, or sowing a seed to harvesting and storing the seed for next season. When children experience a process from start to finish, they realize that they are capable of creating something new. This strengthens their will and their inner desire to act. In later life, this capacity will be vital to transforming their own life situation and that of others around them.
The curriculum also provides ample opportunities for free play. In play a child learns that the possibilities are limitless and only expanded by imagination. As children initiate a scenario, play it out, and bring it to closure, they learn to practice planning, problem solving, and self-regulation, key capacities for a purposeful and fulfilling adult life.
"Having observed my son at a conventional school, I’m convinced that an inflexible system of education can extinguish a child's sense of wonder and hamper his capacity to acquire wisdom from his experiences and surroundings. At Ukti, I have seen my child flourish. Growing in joy and ability, curiosity and kindness. I am thankful and reassured every single day."
Parent of kindergarten student