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Waldorf School launches full-day kindergarten

Waldorf School of the Peninsula has expanded the hours for its kindergarten program to include a full-day option beginning in September.

According to school officials, the new schedule is designed to accommodate the needs of working families and children who are ready to attend a full-day program. Families will have the option to pick up their children at lunchtime or at 3 p.m. Aftercare will continue to be available until 5:45 p.m.

In the Waldorf kindergarten program, children learn through play, purposeful work, art, storytelling and puppet shows. Activities include indoor and outdoor creative play, circle time, snack, tidy-up time and storytime. The school encourages children to develop lifelong capacities for creative thinking, healthy senses, self-confidence, awareness of others and readiness and enthusiasm for academic learning.

The school’s Summer Open House introducing Waldorf Early Childhood Education is scheduled 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos. The event includes the opportunity to visit with teachers, tour the new play garden and experience the settings of the nursery school and kindergarten classrooms.

Waldorf Education is approaching its 100th anniversary with more than 2,000 kindergartens and early-childhood programs in 80 countries around the world. A small group of parents and educators motivated by the need for a school that would address the heart and will as well as the mind of the child established Waldorf School of the Peninsula in 1984. The school currently serves approximately 300 students in its nursery through high school programs.

For more information, visit waldorfpeninsula.org.

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