“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
Our emphasis at Mount Baker Preschool is on the whole child: Body, Mind and Soul.
We are committed to developing the creative, nurturing, and cognitive capabilities of our students. Mount Baker is a member of the Waldorf Early Education Association of North America.
In our daily schedule and interactions, Mount Baker Preschool strives to nurture:
- Love and warmth
- Free, imaginative play
- Care for the environment and awareness of our interaction with the world around us
- Gratitude, reverence and wonder
As a cooperative, the teacher designs and implements the curriculum, and parents work to support her in creating an environment where our children are free to learn, explore, and play safely. We believe young children learn best when they are given the opportunity to play freely, explore, and direct their own learning. Working parents and the teacher provide a general structure, model empathy, assist with transitions, aid in conflict resolution, and emphasize the process of inquiry.
- Physical activity, including climbing, jumping rope, swinging, and digging
- Daily walks, and adventures in our local community
- Dance and creative movement
- Morning circle time: greetings, seasonal songs, games and poetry
- Drawing, painting, sewing, finger-knitting, and crafts
- Preparing wholesome snacks and baking bread
- Story time, puppets, and special birthday celebrations
In addition to the activities listed above, the school plans many special seasonal events and trips, which are often a highlight for our families.
Mount Baker Preschool has existed as a cooperative since the early 1980s. In 1991, Heidi Jeferson-Gloor suggested reinventing the preschool to follow a Waldorf model. With Board agreement and diligence, the school was transformed into a Waldorf-inspired cooperative with Heidi as the initial teacher and visionary. Violetta Wilson, our current teacher, succeeded Heidi in 2009, and worked to establish Mount Baker Preschool as a full member of WECAN and the first official Waldorf cooperative in the United States.