Your child begins an important journey of self-discovery in preschool. At the Mountain School, our experienced Waldorf-certified teachers create an environment that fosters self-reliance and engages your child’s imagination through a daily rhythm of activities in the classroom. Our program helps children build their confidence and lays a foundation for future success, both academically and socially.
For more information, or to schedule a private tour (October through January), please contact Lori Grey, [email protected]
“The Mountain School has always offered children a rich curriculum that allows for exploration and the nurturing of joyful learning. These students easily transition into elementary school and consistently do well through the elementary years.”
~Jeff Escabar, former Director of Admissions, Marin Country Day School, current Head of School, Marin Preparatory School
“We’re so grateful Tahlequah had an extra year at the Mountain School — we see the benefits every day in her ability to focus, her internal confidence, and the kindness she demonstrates with her peers in kindergarten.”
~ Sandra Smith, Tahlequah and Alyeska’s mom
When we first visited the Mountain School, we were struck by how thoughtfully the teachers manage the children and their daily transitions through songs and storytelling. Later, as parents at the school we were amazed at the depth of insight Gale would share with us, helping us be more in tune with Sophie’s development.
~ Lyle Poindexter, Sophie and Alice’s dad
“How incredible to experience Noah grow into himself at the Mountain School. Miss Kimi has guided him (and us) in learning how to embrace his emotional and physical being. We are really seeing the comfort in his own skin, his inner confidence and empathy blossom.”
~ Caroline Errington, Noah’s mom
“The self-confidence, social awareness, and emotional skills our son developed at the Mountain School were immediately obvious as he transitioned into kindergarten. We’re excited for our daughter Kate to soon enter kindergarten with the same set of tools.”
~ Christa Gatewood, Max and Kate’s mom
NEWS + EVENTS
SUMMER CAMP WEEKS 1 & 2 - JUNE 14-18 & JUNE 21-25
MAKING STUFFED ANIMALS & FAIRY HOUSES W/KIMI
During the first week, Kimi will guide the children in making their own self-designed animals out of material, recycled sweaters and stuffing.
The second week, each child will create their own Fairy House out of wood and natural materials with the hope of attracting real “fairies!”
SUMMER CAMP WEEKS 3 & 4 - JUNE 29-JULY 2 & JULY 6-9
MAKING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS & NATURE HIKES W/CLAUDIA
Children will make musical instruments out of natural materials including gourds, beans and seaweed.
Claudia will take the children on daily nature exploration hikes away from the school campus – yet not too far!
SUMMER CAMP WEEKS 5 & 6 - JULY 12-16 & JULY 19-23
TIE-DYING & SUN PRINTS WITH TARA
Tara reprises her popular week of tie-dying various clothing items that the children will create and bring home.
The magic of using the sun to leave images on fabric will be created with the happy campers!
SUMMER CAMP WEEKS 7 & 8 - JULY 26-30 & AUGUST 2-6
KITE MAKING WITH CELESTE & LADY BUG BEAN BAGS & PLANTING A BUTTERFLY GARDEN WITH KARLA
Celeste will help the children create kites with ribbons and wood and take them out to fly in the wind!
Karla will help the children sew their own Lady Bug Bean Bags & create a butterfly-attracting garden to take home.
THE DAILY RHYTHM
1 Circle Time
Joyful song and movement fostering form, focus, and social cohesion.
2 Free Play
Activities that draw on a child’s own imagination such as dressing up, playing house, building structures, and role-playing using natural toys.
3 Arts and Crafts
Artistic expression through watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, baking and cooking, and other handicrafts.
4 Clean Up
Practical tasks such as tidying the classroom and hand washing made fun when singing together.
Delicious homemade, wholesome, organic, and vegetarian snacks prepared with the children’s help.
6 Outdoor Play
Fresh air and outdoor fun in the playground and regular neighborhood walks that support a connection to nature.
Engaging tales from the folk and fairy tale traditions, often including a puppet show or play in which the children participate.
Eaten together at a communal table, with a helping of conversation and a show of gratitude.
9 Owls' Nest
Optional afternoon “Owls’ Nest” program from 1 – 5:45 pm. Daily, monthly or yearly sign-ups.