Our After-School Programs serve the families of our school community by offering the same nurturing, pedagogical impulses that guide your child’s day at school. Your child’s school day experience should be balanced between work, play and rest. Therefore, this program provides a contrast to the busy school day — time to unwind, to digest school subjects and promote social interaction. The focus of the afternoon is relaxing, healthy play and good food. The intent is not to structure this time with a whirlwind of activities, but rather to provide a consistent daily rhythm within which the child is free to explore options.
Sweet Pea Afternoon Program for Nursery and Kindergarten
Monday to Friday, 1:00 – 2:40 pm or 1:00 – 5:30 pm
Sweet Pea Afternoon Program is designed for Nursery and Kindergarten students. Please scroll below to learn more about the rhythm of the after-school program.
1:00 – 2:40 pm
- one day $400/year
- two days $800/year
- three days $1,200/year
- four days $1,600/year
- five days $2,000/year
1:00 – 5:30 pm
- one day $1,120/year
- two days $2,440/year
- three days $3,360/year
- four days $4,480/year
- five days $5,600/year
Goldenstar Afternoon Program for Grades 1 through 5
Monday to Friday, 2:45 – 5:30 pm*
Goldenstar Program is designed for students in first through fifth grade. Please scroll below to learn more about the rhythm of the after-school program.
- one day $720/year
- two days $1440/year
- three days $2160/year
- four days $2880/year
- five days $3600/year
*The schedule follows the school calendar regarding holidays, snow days, and professional days.
To register for the After-School Program please contact the Main Office or login to your “Guardian Portal” (available to enrolled families starting this September.)
Below are a few aspects of the rhythm of the afternoon shared by our lead after-school teacher, Michael Mansur.
At the start of the program the nursery and kindergarten children play together on the nursery playground. Among many things, this gives the older children the opportunity to relive their younger years and offer their age and experience as leadership to the younger children. The younger children are presented with a window into their future capacities, and are enveloped in an environment rich with experiential learning potential.
During snack time, we all sit together and start our meal by giving thanks to our earth and each other. We sit quietly together and enjoy all types of conversational topics that the children bring to the group. To finish, we play inclusive games like I-spy and 20 questions, keeping the social atmosphere alive, while giving all of our friends time to eat comfortably.
Story and Rest
Story and rest time is part of the rythm of the day for the younger children. This is a time for us to let out our breath and inwardly relish in all the wonderful experiences of the day. Various seasonal tales full of animals, magical travelers, and lands of wonder will be told by candle light while the children rest on sheepskins. A lullaby follows, giving a dream-like quality to even the most wakeful of children.
The endless discoveries and learning opportunities waiting to be revealed through free-play are a highlight of the afternoon program. A fully furnished Waldorf early childhood classroom will be a home base for the children’s imaginative play. Creativity and collaboration amongst ourselves will be a constant source of joy and growth throughout the year during our free play.
Each day we offer an age-appropriate handwork project such as finger-knitting, beeswax sculpting, weaving, sowing and more all in small group setting, supervised by the instructor.