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.


Kindergarten
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


Bridge
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

    Candlemas
    Earthworms
    Evergreens
    A Field Trip


Nature Study - March Notes

    Nesting Birds
    Spring Pond Study
    Vernal Equinox
    Garden Snails

    extra week idea: Natural Dyes


Nature Study - April Notes

    Spring Tree Study
    Plant Life Cycle
    Wildflowers
    Grasses


Nature Study - Current Month - May Notes


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