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Seeds of Joy Village is a Play Based, Nature Immersive Preschool

located within Wilderness Park, Redondo Beach

About Seeds of Joy Village

Waldorf Inspired

Child Centered

Following the philosophies of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf education is founded in a profound understanding of the various stages of human development. It is because of this deep understanding and the artistic approach to teaching that the Waldorf curriculum is a healing approach to learning.

 

Play is seen as serious work because it is through play that children discover, explore, learn to think creatively, solve problems and develop social skills. These skills build the foundation for successful learning in later grades. To allow children to be immersed in imaginative play under the guidance of a qualified Waldorf teacher is one of the most precious gifts you can give your child in these early years. 

Through play, imagination, storytelling, artistic and physical engagement, we seek to foster a sense of wonder, independence and reverence in each child.

SOJV has always been immersed in nature, with the majority of the day taking place out in the woods long before COVID-compliance was a concern. Today, we operate fully outdoors. Physical development is strengthened by learning to climb, run and balance in nature.

 

Children at Seeds of Joy Village grow up in a respectful and positive environment with a loving teacher and role models worthy of imitation. They learn to trust that the world is a good, exciting and wonderful place to live in.​

 

Holding Imagination Sacred

“Imagination is more important than knowledge – for knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand.”  - Albert Einstein

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Now offering 5-day, COVID compliant programs in mixed-age small pods.

 

COVID Compliance & Safety

As a small group, nature immersive school, we are lucky to have been positioned better than most to face our challenging new directives. We are working to meet all safety regulations by:

 

  • Limiting enrollment to 6 children per pod

  • Allowing for a 100% outdoor rhythm

  • Updating our school handbook with new safety recommendations

  • Eliminating shared toys and supplies where possible

  • Reducing contact and encouraging social distancing to the extent feasible with our children 

  • Utilizing parent support outside of the classroom rather than in the learning environment

  • Offering 5-day programs to greatly reduce potential contact outside the pod

This is only a small sampling of the overall changes in place to respond to our world's unique challenges. Waldorf education has survived a century and adapted all along. We feel uniquely prepared to meet the demands of schooling in a pandemic.

Preschool / Kindergarten

Children ages 3-6

5 days per week

9am - Noon

must be potty trained

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Afternoon Enrichment

Children ages 3-6

2 days per week
1 - 4pm

must be potty trained

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Parent /

Toddler

For children ages 18 months - 3 years along with their caregivers.

Program is currently suspended due to COVID-19.

 
 

Daily Rhythm

Rhythms are one of the most important parts of a Waldorf inspired curriculum. Because the early years are a time of exploration and rapid learning, they are also a time of great uncertainty for the young child. Children long to feel secure in the world. 

Rhythms help children anticipate what comes next, such as the time of day, the days of the week, or the seasons, and therefore help children feel more confident and secure in their environment. Rhythm allows children to relax and focus on the task at hand. This table shows an example of Seeds of Joy Village's daily and weekly rhythm.

 

*This rhythm was created prior to adjustments due to COVID-19. Our school will create a new rhythm in our new environment. 

 

PURPOSEFUL WORK

Through gardening, caring for the environment and working on simple crafts, children develop an awareness of working on behalf of a group.

STORYTELLING

Storytelling nurtures the young child's soul and spirit and provides a strong foundation for literacy and love of language. 

CICLE TIME

Music & verses accompanied by movement & gesture teach cooperation, boundaries, following directions & motor skills. 

CELEBRATION

Festivals have fostered a sense of wonder and community for SOJV. Group celebrations are on pause, but the spirit of celebration remains.

Preschool / Kindergarten

While the activities and curriculum content may change throughout the year based on the teacher's observations of the children and their needs, the basic components of the daily rhythm remain the same. 

  • Emotional development occurs as children express their joy, fear, anger or happiness and experience the responses from their peers.

  • Social development takes place with sharing, taking turns, responding to rules at school in differentiation to family rules, and doing what is proper for their role in their play. Children make friends through dramatic play, learning to give and take in a social group.

  • Physical development is enhanced as the children shift and move about the heavy objects during their play.

  • Creative development is fostered as children evolve. They plan and work out solutions to the action that is taking place. Each episode is new and interesting to children.

Teachers can facilitate play through indirect guidance. That is through the stories, planning and organizing the materials and equipment, and through their direct physical or verbal guidance. 

Aspects of the preschool / kindergarten classroom include:​

  • Mixed age learning. Older students take pride in a mentorship role and younger students learn from their bigger / more mature peers. 

  • Parent participation. Parents have previously assisted in all aspects of the classroom, from grocery shopping to cleaning. Due to changing regulations, parents will now be encouraged to participate outside of the classroom by taking on leadership roles in various aspects of the school's function.

  • Volunteer-run schooling. The entire board of our school volunteers its time. We are happy to be a true "village" of caretakers working to meet the needs of our children. 

  • Diversity and inclusion. We celebrate the natural world and all of its diversity, including the diversity of its people. Festivals honor international cultures, many languages are welcome in the classroom, and we make a sincere effort to be an inclusive, diverse space for our children to learn. ​

Preschool / Kindergarten Enrollment

Turtle Pod: 9am - 12noon

$900 / month

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Afternoon Enrichment

Operating with the same daily rhythm as our preschool, Seeds of Joy Village's Afternoon Enrichment Program offers children a way to get out and explore in the "afterschool" hours. This is a great choice for kids currently in virtual / distance learning programs who need physical movement and connection with nature at the end of the day.

Each afternoon will consist of emotional, social, physical and creative development under the supervision of our lead teacher. 

Parent/ Toddler classes are designed for very young children and their caregivers to experience and get familiar with the daily rhythm of a Waldorf early childhood classroom. Parents are kept busy with small handwork projects while their children learn to play and interact with other children on their own in the comfort of the presence of their parents and the teacher.

Upon arrival and sign-in, parents and children gather for free time. Parents have an opportunity to meet other parents. After a hike and story time, circle time gives us a chance to learn simple verses, songs and movements. During snack ritual, children learn to sit still and follow instructions. A candle is lit and we all say a blessing together. Afterwards the children help to clean up. Snack is followed by free play, cleanup, possibly a puppet show and our good-bye ceremony.

We highly recommend that all children first attend the parent/ toddler classes before they move on to our preschool/ kindergarten. In fact, these classes are a preparation for preschool/ kindergarten. The children and the parents get to know the teacher, which will lessens possible separation anxiety later on.​

Classes run for 7 weeks, meeting once weekly for 2 hours.

Our Parent/Toddler program is currently suspended due to COVID-19. Please get on our list to be notified immediately upon its reinstatement.

Parent / Toddler Enrollment

Hours: Mornings, 9-11am

Registration: Currently suspended

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Parent / Toddler

 
 

Afternoon Enrichment Enrollment

Butterfly Pod: 1-4pm

2 Days Per Week (either M/W or Tu/Th)

Program begins January 4, 2021

$500/month

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What People Say

Jolise, Parent

Since starting SOJV we have noticed Ivy has come out of her shell. She has a better appreciation of story telling, and has become a better story teller herself. She has a new fondness of friendship and she has learned great table manners. She has expanded her creative thinking powers and has become filled with love!

 

Matt, Parent

You've created a magical bubble of warmth in the classroom. It pleases me to see the joy in new parents' eyes as they realize what a marvelous treasure they have found for their children and how blessed they feel to leave them with you. I'm grateful for the love you've shown both my children in the two years I've known you. Other teachers had seen what was difficult in Andrew, you saw what was beautiful. Thank you.

 

Lisa, Parent

 Since coming to SOJV, Ellie has changed dramatically in important ways. She is learning better self control, is less volatile, and her verbal skills have improved. I appreciate how dedicated you are to making sure the children are learning valuable skills they'll need for school and life. I wish Ellie could stay in SOJV forever. Because of you, Ellie will have so many magical memories of her time at SOJV.

 

Contact Seeds of Joy

mailling address only:

409 N. PCH #659 | Redondo Beach, CA. 90277 310-844-7395

​​SOJVenrollment@gmail.com

 

Seeds of Joy Incorporated does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law in any aspect of the access to, admission, or treatment of students in its programs and activities, or in employment and application for employment. Furthermore, School and Community policy includes prohibitions of harassment of students and employees, i.e., racial harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination. 

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