Prep/Early Childhood Program

At Birali Steiner School we have created a warm and loving environment that nurtures a slow and gentle unfolding of the young child. These early years, before children reach the age of seven, are strongly formative and lay a firm foundation for later academic learning.

How We Learn

  

The Steiner early childhood program prepares and strengthens children for their primary school years. We do this by supporting the healthy development of the whole child through the rhythmical approach to the day that allows the child to naturally unfold (rather than feeling rushed or hurried to ‘learn’). We provide them with both ‘time’ and ‘space’ to discover the world around them. 

Self directed free play is the heart of the early childhood program and it is viewed as not only a child's real work in life, but also the foundation of creativity. For the young child, play is a way of understanding the world and is vital for healthy emotional and intellectual development. The inner forces of imagination, cognition, problem solving and flexibility, which are developed during play, become the capacities for life-long learning.

Our school activities Include:

  • Gardening

  • Baking

  • Drawing/Painting

  • Handcrafts

  • Storytelling

  • Seasonal Festivals/Celebrations

  • Verses/Songs

  • Movement

In the early childhood context, adults model wholesome and purposeful work, while the children play freely around them. The early childhood educators are conscious to undertake activities that are worthy of imitation as children learn best by imitation and example. 

The foundation room is set up to allow for true self-directed play.  The room is filled with ‘open ended’ materials (irregularly shaped wood, cloths, etc.) that offer many possibilities, rather than a single fixed idea, developing the imagination of each child. A block of wood is a boat one day and becomes a fishing rod the next.

The benefits of play in early childhood have been strongly affirmed by current research.

If a child has been able to play,

to give up his whole being

to the world around him,

he will be able,

in the tasks of later life,

to devote himself with

confidence and purpose

to the service of the world.

Rudolf Steiner

 

Primary Curriculum

Following from the wonderful preparation that the Prep Year provides, the children begin in Class 1 with a rose ceremony, welcoming each child into the next phase of their education.  Their Class Teacher gives them a warm welcome as a beginning of many years together.  Unique to Steiner Education is the Class Teacher period where the teacher stays with the Class through the Primary years.  This results in strong relationships with both students and parents and helps alleviate anxieties about having a new teacher each year.  It also has a positive impact on the child's moral development. 

 

Content is brought in an imaginative way through story, verse,  modelling and song engaging the children in the arts: music, painting, drawing, modelling, recitation and drama. 

From Class 1 to 6 the children are also immersed in the histories and mythologies of many of the great civilisations on Earth. From Fairy Tales and Celtic Myths in the early years through to the Old Testament Stories, Norse Myths, the Ramayana, Ancient Persia, Mesopotamia and Egypt, to the Greek and Roman civilizations in Classes 5 and 6.

“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings

who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”

R. Steiner

As such, the students gain an understanding and appreciation of various cultures from all over the world.

Working in this way with the Early Childhood and Primary School prepares the students for the advanced academic work in the High School.

 

High School

Middle and High School Facilities

With moving to the new site, this has provided the space we need in order to expand into class 7 and beyond. The school is currently actively investigating the requirements for providing much needed choices for Secondary Education in the local area.

“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings

who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”

R. Steiner

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