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 (FULL)

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 (2020), 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, 2020. This class meets on Fridays 9:30-11:30 am.
Children must be 2 years old by January, 1st 2020


The Nursery provides a warm and nurturing bridge between home and school. Held within the embrace of our daily rhythms, children learn how to gain independence and trust in the world beyond home. Children explore language through finger-plays, games, poetry, song, and stories.

The Nursery welcomes children aged two to four. We offer a 4-day morning option (Monday-Thursday), a 3-day morning option (Wednesday-Friday) or a 2-day morning option (Monday-Tuesday). Each morning runs8:45 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 four and a half as of September 1, 2019.


Kindergarten provides a magical world for the young child. Preparation for literacy grows out of games, finger-plays, song, and verse. Love of language and learning is taught through stories, puppetry, and plays. Fine-motor development is acquired through long-term handwork projects, while gross-motor skills are attained through circle and open-ended movement and outdoor play.Each morning runs 8:45 am-12:45 pm.

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 2019-2020 school year.

Rest Nest (Full Day Kindergarten)

Rest Nest, an extended day option for children aged 5 through 6 will be offered 12:45pm-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:

At Asheville Waldorf School we place an enormous importance on the early childhood years. This precious time in a child’s life builds the very groundwork on which later learning takes place. Young children who are given opportunities to learn through play, cultivate imagination and hone their concentration, coordination, language acquisition and number skills will excel and succeed in life as adults. All of this is done in the warm, cheerful atmosphere of a Waldorf classroom, which offers simple, hand-made toys and play materials from nature. Our early childhood program prepares children for the academic challenges of elementary school by engaging children through meaningful life activities, cultivating the arts and stimulating creativity through imaginative play. The teachers allow the children’s intellectual faculties to unfold naturally so that by the time children enter the elementary grades they are ready and eager to experience new forms of learning.

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
Please note our age cut-off dates 

  • Bridge Class – children must be 2 January 1st, 2020
  • Nursery  2 years  by September 1st (and fully potty trained)
  • 3.5-6.5 years Kindergarten
  • Children must be 6 by April 20th to be considered for first grade the following fall (more on first grade readiness