Kindy & Bridge
updated May 16, 2021
I would define Preschool as roughly age 2-5, whereas Kindergarten I see as more age 5-6.
Bridge is for 6 year olds preparing to enter First Grade.
Signs of First Grade Readiness (PDF)
As there are so many years in Early Childhood, and there is
so much important information to share about this time period (not
to mention that this is my fourth child),
the webpages are getting very full.
I decided to move Kindy over to the Bridge page,
and will begin to make notes about what I did with my son when he was
older but still in Early Childhood. There's lots of useful information
for this time period on the age 3-4 page
and on the Online
Curriculum Project: Early Childhood page
so check them out.
Notes from beginning Kindergarten with Zac when he turned 5, in May 2020
Bridge curriculum (PDF):
A homeschool program for 6 year olds preparing to enter First Grade.
Link is to the document which I wrote in 2005.
This short curriculum fills the gap between kindergarten and first grade and introduces your child to new challenges, while
still delaying academic content. Lists of many specific signs of first grade readiness are also included to help you assess your child.
First Grade Readiness - Resources, Insights and Tools for Waldorf Educators
ed. by Nancy Blanning
available as a free download from the Online Waldorf Library website!
Here is a fantastic MUST-READ article about all of the brain strengthening that needs to happen for a child to learn to read
successfully and in a healthy way:
Two Ways to Do Finger Knitting old blog post
(includes one more sign of
first grade readiness)
It is said that there is nothing that ISN'T Waldorf, it's just a question of WHEN. The Reggio Emiliaphilosophy is too academic for Waldorf early childhood, but this is a great time to explore it!
Beautiful Stuff!: Learning with Found Materials
by Cathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini
~ ~ see the rest of my Reggio booklist here ~ ~
Another educational philosophy which works really well for a Bridge year is Charlotte Mason. I highly recommend
using Exploring Nature with Children ($18)
either standing alone as a Bridge year curriculum or as your 1st/2nd grade Nature Study. It goes along with Anna Botsford Comstock's
Handbook of Nature Study. It can be
used for multiple years and with multiple ages.
Handbook of Nature Study
by Anna Botsford Comstock
Notes from beginning Bridge with Zac nine months later, in February 2021
I decided (Feb 2021) to start using Exploring Nature with Children for Bridge
and my notes as we went through this curriculum are all organized here in great detail.
Nature Study - February Notes
A Field Trip
Nature Study - March Notes
Nature Study - April Notes
Spring Tree Study
Plant Life Cycle
Nature Study - Current Month - May Notes