Early Childhood


Our Waldorf early childhood program is based upon the recognition that the 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.


Parent-Child Classes

Our parent-child program is a sanctuary for parents, caregivers and their young children from birth to three and a half years old. Parent-Child classes are an early childhood education program that offers an essential bridge between the child’s early life at home and their first entry into school. This program answers the call of families, offering support and companionship in the early years of parenting.

Parent-Child classes strive to create a nurturing, rhythmical environment for children as well as for parents. Parents deepen their own intuitive knowledge, discover new ways of being with their children and explore the joys and challenges of raising young children. Through stories and song, indoor and outdoor play, simple adult crafts and the sharing in a healthy snack, we will create a wholesome environment that weaves a community of support.

Bridge Class

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, 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. 


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.

We offer 3 and 5-day options. 


 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.

We offer 5-day option for Kindergarten.  

Rest Nest - Extended Day Kindergarten

Rest Nest, an extended day option for children once they turn 5 years old. Full-day Kindergarten includes lunchtime, a quiet rest (during which teachers will read a chapter book or fairy tale appropriate for the older kindergarteners), and outside play. This rhythm gives the children an opportunity to process and integrate the work done during the morning, and an opportunity to fully breathe out and expand into their play. 

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Educating the whole child, in mind, body, and spirit,  

for a life of continuous learning

and meaningful engagement with the world.


89 Old Candler Town Road
Candler, NC 28715


Main office: 828.575.2557

Email: info@ashevillewaldorf.org


376 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803


Asheville Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or national origin in its employment policies, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.