April 23, 2014
Woodhaven’s Waldorf-inspired and nature-based preschool program is dedicated to fostering a lifelong love of learning in our children. The school strives to nurture the whole child. Children learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, peers and the natural environment. The curriculum emphasizes child choice rather than highly structured, teacher- directed lessons and is inspired by the elements of Waldorf education. Our program emphasizes oral story telling, natural toys, outdoor learning, organic food, and a soothing environment. A good portion of our daily school routine is spent learning and exploring nature’s wonders in our outdoor classroom. Located in in SW Portland’s Garden Home neighborhood, Woodhaven is a secular and independent school. Also, Woodhaven is a media-free school, where children are encouraged to exercise their own imaginations and creativity through art, music, dramatic play and hands-on exploration of simple toys and natural objects. As a cooperative, Woodhaven emphasizes family involvement. The preschool is operated by professional teachers and parents who choose to actively participate in their children’s education. At Woodhaven, the parents and teachers work together to instill a sense of wonder and genuine enthusiasm for learning in our children.