Children love to be in dirt!
Children love to be in dirt!
Wildflowers Early Childhood
a nurturing, holistic environment that preserves the magic of childhood inspired by the principles of Waldorf Early Childhood. We provide a community-based environment that encourages creativity, cooperation, and empathy.
Welcome to Wildflowers - a welcoming place for children to grow, play and imagine. Your child deserves the highest quality of care. They will be part of a Waldorf inspired environment that nurtures curiosity, exploration, mindfulness, and nature while curbing the impacts of today’s culture of over-stimulation, distraction, and stress.
As Associate Members of WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America), we are proud to be part of a committed community of educators who support families and children. WECAN’s mission is to foster a new cultural impulse for the work with the young child from pre-birth to age seven.
Why we don't rush childhood
Inspired by the principles and practices of Waldorf Early Childhood, Wildflowers emphasizes the basics of "play-based - imagination-powered" child development infusing arts and nature each day.
Our staff creates a warm, beautiful, and loving environment with a consistent rhythm that is respectful of each child. There is Joy, Humor, Happiness & mud!
Wildflowers provides a healthy place to support every child's unique holistic development. We build healthy relationships with children and their families. Early relationships form the foundation for children's sense of security in the world. They develop identity and self-worth and quite simply happiness.
There are decades of research in developmental psychology support Steiner's focus in early childhood. Play is the most effective way for young children to learn, develop social skills, and regulate their emotions.
Play-based preschools promote the deepest kind of learning by encouraging kids to become self-directed learners who explore, develop curiosity, and solve their own problems?
We give children the time and space they need to create, engage, and explore at their own pace.
Young children live in their senses; all that they learn comes from their direct and immediate experience of daily life. Through creative exploration—action, and interaction with everything around them—children acquire not only the rudiments of intellectual knowledge but an abiding appreciation for the world they have entered.
Unstructured, unhurried play and outdoor access
Wildflowers Child Care protects the simplicity of childhood and creates a nurturing space for young children where they are loved and allowed to be children free of media, plastics, and pressure.
The blend of mixed ages and temperaments at Wildflowers creates an intimate family-like atmosphere that enables children to keep the dreaminess and magic of childhood intact. As part of our high-quality and holistic care, we strive to serve organic, plant-based foods. Children in our care learn important social skills and emotional health. Our toys are carefully selected for a peaceful, enriching environment where children learn naturally. Our daily connection to the outdoors inspires environmental stewardship.
At Wildflowers, we know that children learn best from real-life experiences. Spanish is woven into the day through song and games as well as weekly yoga. What will your child learn as he helps us bake muffins or fold the laundry? Measuring, counting, following directions, nutrition, sorting, color recognition, social skills, emotional regulation, the process of following a task through to completion, and language skills, to name a few! We will spend our days playing, learning songs and stories, working, and practicing healthy self-care.
Our whole-child curriculum is based on human interaction and developmentally appropriate activities that foster healthy development and a passion for learning. Together we form a partnership of care for your child.
Mindful & Respectful Care
Play & Nature Based
Our Curriculum is inspired by the early childhood development theories of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) as practiced in more than 1500 Waldorf-based kindergartens and preschools worldwide. The atmosphere is simple and intimate with daily activities worthy of our children's unquestioning imitation and plenty of creative free-play indoors and out. Wildflowers is OUTSIDE everyday, rain or shine for as long as possible. In warmer months we do almost everything outside.
Play is the child's self-education. Using natural materials and open-ended toys children create their world together. We are non-toxic, eco-friendly and sustainable in as many ways as possible. We support children's development through healthy food and water as well. We use reverse osmosis water, a commercial UV light air purifier and offer non-gmo and organic snacks.
Outdoors children freely play with leaves, soil, water, and sticks, bugs and whatever else they find. Becoming fully engaged in such work builds powers of concentration, imagination, and a lifelong love of learning.
With the help of verses, songs, stories, and puppetry, the children are guided through a daily and weekly routine of activities including baking bread, cooking soup, and tending the garden as well as artistic activities such as watercolor painting, beeswax and drawing.
We welcome children 2.5 to 6 years old Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm. Extended care may be available for an additional fee.
Options include: Morning Preschool, Afternoon Care or Full Days for 2, 3 and 5 days. The maximum class size is 12 with 2 care givers. Children must be out of diapers to start.
Year Round Outdoor Play
Wildflowers children have LOTS of outside time every day. We dress for the weather and children enjoy the changing of the seasons that make Boise special.
WECAN Associate Member
WECAN is committed to protecting and nurturing childhood as a foundation for renewing human culture. As an Associate Member program we demonstrate that we are on the path toward standing as an example of Waldorf early childhood education through working with the WECAN Shared Principles, which form the basis for our work together in association. Learn more about WECAN.
We provide a sensory-rich environment for children to discover what lies in the world. Both indoors and outdoors, children are in contact with the natural world. We have open-ended toys and ample time for social learning.
Creativity and Expression
Each week children learn through wet on wet watercolor, beeswax creations, baking bread, beeswax crayon drawing, puppet storytelling, and seasonal crafts.
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Protecting and nourishing childhood as the foundation for the future
Wildflowers founder and lead teacher, Laura Henning, has worked with ages 0-18 in various capacities for over 25 years. The last nine years she has dedicated herself to Waldorf inspired education. She has bachelor degrees in psychology and philosophy and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Care, all from Seattle University. An Idaho native, Laura lived in Peru for 9 years, with her Peruvian husband and two daughters. Laura is a lifelong learner who is passionate about helping children grow naturally and holistically.
Richard (Tio), Laura's husband and co-owner is a Peru native and brings the gift of Spanish language and culture to the children daily as as a Preschool Assistant. Together they have founded two other Waldorf inspired schools (Peace Valley Charter in Boise and the other in Peru). Through Wildflowers Laura and Richard offer a small, high-quality early childhood center with dedicated space in their home in the Borah Neighborhood.
Laura loves supporting parents in the most important job they will ever have. Laura brings a wealth of knowledge about children and families, especially through the work of Kim John Payne to parents through enrichment nights. Richard is inspired by the education he is getting through his Waldorf teacher training program. He loves looking at life through children's eyes. Together they bring a balanced and peaceful approach to early childhood.
"We allow children to explore their self-awareness and gain a sense of the world around them. Children who graduate from us are fully prepared for the next stage of their young lives."
Here is some great information to learn more.
This video is a good broad overview https://youtu.be/B-ZSeepDmPE
Download a great article on saying "good job"
Waldorf in a nutshell video
Waitlist Application and Tuition Info
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