At Rowan Tree Preschool, we strive to create a warm and inviting space in which your children can learn and grow. Large, south-facing windows allow the natural light to shine in all day. Our classroom has a gathering area for the children to come together for singing and storytelling. Stories can also be found in Gnome land, where a miniature community of animals and gnomes live together and work hard to help each other. In our craft corner children gather to paint, model with clay, create collage, make beading crafts, and work on seasonal art. A daily nature walk to the local parks is also an important component of the day, and the children love to observe the seasonal and daily changes around them as they walk and explore. There is a seasonal nature table in the classroom for the objects that the children find during our walks. Once we are back from our walk, the children eagerly gather for lunch, which is also a popular time for socializing and dialogue. The children love to be able to use their imaginations during free play and will engage in their own made up stories and adventures about animals and people and the relationships between them.
Our Morning Song:Good morning dear Earth
Good morning dear Sun
Good morning dear rocks and dear bushes everyone
Good morning to the bears and the birds in the tree
Good morning to you and good morning to me
A Brief History of Waldorf Education
Waldorf education is a worldwide system of education for preschool through grade 12 developed from the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Steiner, an Austrian scientist, educator and writer, turned his attention to education after the First World War at the request of a friend who helped Steiner found a school for the children of the workers at the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory in Stuttgart in 1919. The impulse for ‘Waldorf education’ as it came to be called, spread throughout Europe, with the first school in America being founded in New York City in 1928.
Steiner was a pioneer in the area of developmentally based, age appropriate learning, and many of his teachings were later born out by the work of Gesell, Piaget and others. In addition, he sought to develop a balanced education for the “whole child”, one which would engage the child’s feeling and willing, as well as thinking and would leave his or her inner nature acknowledged, but free. From preschool through to high school, the goal of Waldorf education is the same – a balanced education that strives to develop the physical, emotional and spiritual forces at work in each child.
Waldorf schools were closed by the Nazis during World War II, but soon reopened and have spread in the last two decades to such troubled areas as South Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union bloc countries. Currently there are more than 750 Waldorf/Steiner Schools in 46 countries.
Jessica Lindeman is an educator, musician and artist who lives with her husband and two children in Peterborough, Ontario. She founded Rowan Tree Preschool in 2004 and has spent the last ten years teaching in and developing the program at Rowan Tree Preschool.
She grew up in Spring Valley, New York and attended the Green Meadow Waldorf School. Later, she moved to Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School where she graduated from Gr. 8. Both her parents were Waldorf school teachers. Her father, William H. Lindeman, taught for 25 years at Green Meadow Waldorf School in New York. As a musician, Jessica studied cello at Ohio University. She has been a member of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and also plays in two local trios, the ‘Stringwood Trio’ and ‘Two Flutes and a Cello’. Jessica studied music at Ohio University and later transferred to Trent University, where she did a joint major in Anthropology and Cultural Studies. She graduated in 1990. Jessica also attended the Portland School of Art, studying photography and later received a diploma from Sir Sanford Fleming College in Computer Graphics.