Waldorf Kindergarteners find warmth and connection in the sharing of love.
By Saree Heydenfeldt, Red Rose Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher
As teachers and caregivers, we try to embody all we hope to cultivate in the young child—consistent kindness and generosity, and an ongoing movement toward meaningful and purposeful work.
The children at Summerfield Waldorf School are experiencing that they are important and can be of service to others and to the world at large.
In the Kindergarten Village we make it a point to model sharing, helping, and the joy of gift giving. The children love to be of service to others and be little custodians of the land.
Whether it’s a sprig of parsley we saved on soup-making day for our bunny friend at the farm, or delivering a wheelbarrow load of wood chips to a neighboring play yard—the students love to share and help.
“Kind hearts are the garden, Kind thoughts are the roots. Kind words are the blossoms, Kind deeds are the fruits.”
That is perhaps why the children so enjoy Valentine’s Day. It’s an opportunity to share their love with beautiful, handmade hearts and gifts for their classmates, teachers and others! Plus there’s all those sweet and catchy songs about Love!
Year round we are learning empathy, patience, and kindness toward others, but especially this time of year, when the land is so cold and the trees are bare, and the bulbs lie deep asleep underground. We offer warmth of generosity via gifts, songs, and stories that inspire and remind us that we are all connected.
This connection is inner warmth, an antidote for these cold and short days.
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