Early Childhood Program

"What matters in a kindergarten is that children should have a harmonious relation to those who are in charge of them and that these people should behave quite naturally, so that the children are naturally led to imitate them." R. Steiner (from notes by Albert Steffen)

The Task of the Waldorf Early Childhood Educator

Young children before the age of seven live strongly in their surroundings, not only in the outer world, but also in the inner world of the human beings who are a part of their lives. What this requires of Waldorf Early Childhood educators is to become as worthy as possible of imitation and to develop the understanding and sensitivity needed to accompany each child in the journey of coming into the physical body, in achieving the significant developmental milestones of the first seven years, and building a strong foundation for further stages of development.

Our tasks include creating a safe, life-enhancing space in which the child can learn the joy of creative, transformative play, and a warm supportive space for their parents and families. We are building a bridge for the child between home and school.

Rudolf Steiner spoke to the teachers of the first Waldorf school about the importance of goodness, beauty and truth belonging to the first three stages of life, with the feeling that the “world is good” being the most important for the young child. In these times, it is increasingly important that the early childhood educator feels a deep trust in the goodness of life that allows the child to feel affirmed in his or her spiritual intentions and feel invited into the fullness of life on earth.

Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher Training Program

Sound Circle Center now offers two tracks in our Early Childhood Program, one for in-service teachers (those who are already working in an early childhood classroom as a lead teacher, assistant teacher or afternoon teacher) and one for pre-service teachers. Students in both tracks will attend classes together, there will be additional practicum requirements for pre-service students. Ours is a robust program which more than meets the minimum requirements of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).

Students in both tracks will also join with the students in the SCC Grades Program for classes in Anthroposophical studies, self-development, and the arts. The SCC Early Childhood Program combines foundation studies, child and human development, the inner life of the teacher, and practical aspects of Waldorf Early Childhood education.

New Cohort Starting June 26, 2022 - Langley WA campus, June 27-July 15, 2022 (In person)

Application deadline is May 31st.

2021-22 Calendar

February session, Langley WA campus, Feb 20-24, 2022 (In person)

May session, Online, May 28-30 2022

Summer session, Langley WA campus, June 27-July 15, 2022 - Orientation for New Students is on June 26 at 8:00 am (In person)

In person sessions will be held on Whidbey Island at the South Whidbey Community Center, 723 Camano Ave, Langley, WA 98260

2022-2023 Calendar

October session, Langley WA campus, October 7-10, 2022 (In person)

February session, Langley WA campus, February 19-23 or 20-24 (TBD), 2023 (In person)

Summer session, 2023 (In-Person) TBD

Program Structure:

YEAR A

  • Summer Intensive- 3 weeks on Whidbey or in Seattle.

Summer 2022 will take place on Whidbey Island June 27- July 15 (Summer 2022 will be held on Whidbey Island at the South Whidbey Community Center, 723 Camano Ave, Langley, WA 98260.

YEAR B

  • October and February Retreats (5 days each on Whidbey)

  • Regular online conferences,

  • Observations and practicum (1.5 weeks ECIS) (3 weeks for ECPS)

  • Summer Retreat (3 wks. on Whidbey and in Seattle),

YEAR C

  • October and February Retreats (5 days each on Whidbey)

  • Regular online conferences,

  • Observations and practicum (1.5 weeks ECIS) (3 weeks for ECPS)

  • COMPLETION SESSION (includes graduation)

  • Summer Retreat (3 wks. on Whidbey and in Seattle)

Program Overview - Three Year Course Plan

2022-23 Three Year EC Rotation

Orientation for new EC and GS students (2 days)

IAT 7. New Student Orientation

CHD 1. Milestones in Human Development- Birth to 21

CHD 5. Overview of the Grades Curriculum

SD 2. Working with Biographical Questions

A 4. Visual Arts

Summer 1- Three weeks

IAT 1. Steiner’s Understanding of the Human Being and Evolution of Consciousness

IAT 4. The Cycle of the Year and Seasonal Festivals

IAT 6. The Twelve Senses in Waldorf Education

CHD 7. Creating a Nurturing Space for Young Children

PAEC 1. Use of Stories and Fairy Tales in Waldorf EC Education

PPEC 2. Puppetry, Puppet-making and Performing with Puppets

PPEC 4. Mood of the 5th Singing and Lyre

PPEC 8. Supporting Creative Play and Purposeful Work in the EC Classroom

PSD 1. Group Singing

PSD 5. Cultural Consciousness and Social Justice

A 1. Eurythmy

A 3. Speech and Storytelling

A 4. Visual Arts

A 5. Handcrafts

October 1

CHD 3. Child Observation I

PPEC 5. Incarnational Support and First Grade Readiness

PPEC 6. Crafts and Handwork in Parent/Child, Nursery, Mixed-age Kindergarten

PSD 2. Working with Parents I

SD 1. Inner Work Practices

SD 3. Developing Capacities for Imagination, Inspiration and intuition

February 1

IAT 2. Consciousness and the Philosophy of Freedom

CHD 9. Mood of the 5th Music

PPEC 3. Principles and Practice of EC Circles- Student Demonstrations

PSD 1. Group Singing

PSD 3. Working with Colleagues I

SD 3. Developing Capacities for Imagination, Inspiration and Intuition

A 2. Spatial Dynamics

A 3. Speech and Storytelling

Summer 2- Three weeks

IAT 3. The Foundations of Human Experience

CHD 2. Understanding the Transformation of Life and Growth Forces

CHD 6. The Unique Needs of the Very Young Child from Birth to Three

CHD 8. Supporting Creative Play and Purposeful Work in the EC Classroom

PPEC 2. Puppetry, Puppet-making and Performing with Puppets

PPEC 4. Mood of the 5th Singing and Lyre

PSD 1. Group Singing

PSD 2. Working with Parents II

PSD 5. Cultural Consciousness and Social Justice

A 1. Eurythmy

A 3. Speech and Storytelling

A 5. Handcrafts

October 2

CHD 3. Child Observation II

CHD 4. Sensory Development and the Foundational Senses, B-7

PPEC 3. Principles and Practices of EC Circles

PPEC 6. Crafts and Handwork in Parent/Child, Nursery, Mixed-age Kindergarten

SD 1. Inner Work Practices

A 3. Spatial Dynamics

February 2

IAT 5. Life and Work of Rudolf Steiner

CHD 9. Mood of the 5th Music

PPEC 3. Principles and Practice of EC Circles- Student Demonstrations

PPEC 6. Crafts and Handwork in Parent/Child, Nursery, Mixed-age Kindergarten

PSD 1. Group Singing

PSD 3. Working with Colleagues II

A 2. Spatial Dynamics

A 3. Speech and Storytelling

Summer 3 (for graduating students)

CHD. 10 Therapeutic Awareness and Approaches

PPEC 2. Puppetry, Puppet-making and Performing with Puppets

PSD 1. Group Singing

PSD 2. Working with Parents III

PSD 3. Working with Colleagues III

PSD 4. Social Dynamics of a Waldorf School

PSD 5. Cultural Consciousness and Social Justice

A 1. Eurythmy

A 3. Speech and Storytelling

A 4. Visual Arts

A 6. Exploring Creativity through Improvisational Theater Games


Periodic Online EC Cohort Check-ins

PSD 6. Professional Check-in and Peer Mentoring Conversations

(See Course Catalog for More Information Link Here)

COVID-19 Information

In-service Option:

The EC In-service Option is for students already working as assistant teachers, afternoon teachers or lead teachers in a classroom. The program is designed for those working in a Waldorf early childhood classroom. We do work with and accept teachers who are interested and who are working in other types of early childhood classrooms as well. The program is comprised of 9 summer intensive weeks over 3 summers and in the intervening two years, two five-day seminars in October and February. This course represents more than 500 contact hours, with additional hours for interviews, orientation and conference time with mentor teachers. In addition to the course content, the In-service Option requires a minimum of three weeks of observation and practicum during the course of the training (of which at least two weeks must be in classrooms other than the student’s own classroom), and two days of mentoring per year in their own classrooms.

Pre-service Option:

The Pre-service Option is designed for students who are not yet working (for at least three days a week) in an early childhood classroom. The structure and course work is the same as for the In-service Program, with additional hours for conference time with supervising teachers and institute advisers. The main difference between the In-service and Pre-service Programs is that students enrolled in the Preservice Program are required to complete a minimum of six weeks of observation and practicum with experienced Waldorf early childhood teachers and each student will be visited at least once during the practicum by an institute approved adviser.

Tuition

Program Faculty

Holly Koteen-Soule is the EC Program Director. Somer Serpe is the EC Faculty Assistant. Holly and Somer are the primary instructors for early childhood course work, although most sessions also include guest instructors for artistic work or specific areas of specialization. During the February sessions, EC students will attend some classes with SCC students and Grades Program faculty. During the Summer Intensives students will experience a rich and varied faculty, comprised of SCC adjunct faculty members and guest instructors. Please contact information@soundcirclecenter.org for more information.

Faculty

Holly Koteen-Soulé, Somer Serpe, Franny Kenny, Bonnie Freundlich, My Huynh, Nancy Blanning, Laurie Clark, Magdalena Toran, Jana Hawley, Robin Laskowski, Tommi Morgan, Liz Hall, Robyn Jones, Michael Soule, Daniel Stokes.

Now taking applications for EC 2021-2022 school year