A Waldorf-inspired Preschool Experience
The Enchanted Garden Preschool is a home-based preschool specializing in the care of 2 and 3 year olds. I take some children as young as 20 months, if they are ready. My goal is to create a warm, loving, peaceful and beautiful environment where the children feel comfortable and loved. The Enchanted Garden Preschool is located in the Maple Leaf area of North Seattle, close to Northgate, Pinehurst, Wedgewood and Lake City.
Children do not need to be potty trained.
About Our Home Setting
Our home is sunny and open, and our large playroom is flooded with morning light. Wooden toys, cloth dolls and silk play cloths are laid out on low shelves, and our little play-house is well-equipped with a wooden cookstove, cradle, sink and washing machine.
A little slide next to a heap of cushions invites jumping and rolling, and a small wooden climber can double as a fort or a house, depending on the child's imagination.
What A Preschool Day is Like
We begin our morning with an activity such as baking bread, making simple crafts, baking a birthday cake for a birthday child, churning our own butter, or doing a planting project. I sing songs with the children throughout the day, but we also have a little circle time where we focus particularly on songs and verses related to the season we are in. The day includes lots of time for free play both inside and outside, a morning snack and a little lunch. (I provide the organic, vegetarian snacks and the children bring their lunch.)
At mealtimes we gather around a low table and sing a song of thanks for the good things we have to eat. At this time I always tell them an original story, and we practice our table manners and our quiet voices!
On very rainy days we stay inside and have a special treat - a tiny cup of hot chocolate in front of the fire (the fireplace door locks securely, of course).
About Our Outdoors
Our yard is large, beautiful and quiet, fully fenced and surrounded by trees, with lots of room to run around and play on the swings, slides, teeter-totter, swinging bench, or dig in the large sandbox. We are situated on a quiet dead-end road in Maple Leaf.
"Knowing that my daughter looks forward to each day in your preschool and that she will be loved - truly loved - is invaluable." (Krista)
"You have touched our lives in such a beautiful and loving way. I really feel that my child is seen and noticed in a very real way. " (Gwen)
For Older Girls. . .
We also run a summer program for older girls who would enjoy spending their days like Laura Ingalls Wilder. For more information:
Pioneer Girl Summer Camp