Earlier this week I spent some time in a Waldorf classroom. As a teacher I am always fascinated by visiting other schools! This classroom was fairly typical of the Waldorf kindergarten spaces I have visited, with simple wooden toys, playsillks and other natural objects. I watched a group of children happily exploring and playing and it got me thinking about my classroom.
I feel that I am so often looking at the room and trying to think about what is working and what needs to be changed. I love collecting things and the children love the found objects I bring in……but being in the Waldorf space reminded me that less really is more!
I would love to share some areas of our little classroom over the coming weeks and this seems like a good opportunity!
The photo above shows you the playstand which, although rather large, was one of the best investments I made. It is a beautiful piece of furniture and the children turn it into so many different things – a kitchen, house, cave, tent, bus, doctors office…….
Something so simple really does open up endless possibilities. It is actually four pieces – two shelf units and the canopy is made up of two pieces. Therefore it can be moved around in so many different ways. I also got some play silks and large clips so that the children can clip silks onto the playstand (or other objects!). I saw a playstand in a Waldorf classroom many years ago and fell in love with it!