Amber Chavez Wonder Garden Assistant

Amber Chavez

Wonder Garden Assistant

Amber holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education from UW-Milwaukee, as well as an Early Childhood Certification from Lifeways North America. She also serves on the IDEA committee for WECAN and JEDI committee for Great Lakes Waldorf Institute. Amber is committed to supporting the justice work that Waldorf organizations are doing to make our movement more diverse, accessible, and equitable.

Play-based Early Childhood

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world”
– Albert Einstein

In early childhood, young children are nurtured in a home-like environment. Their days include time in nature, artistic activities, creative play with natural toys, stories, songs, and practical activities such as building, sewing and cooking. The curriculum fosters the curiosity and joy of childhood and builds the self confidence and pre-academic skills that become the foundation for formal learning in the grades.

All elements of the kindergarten are guided by trained teachers who deeply understand how your child learns – engaging him or her intellectually, emotionally and physically. The curriculum is supported by a strong oral tradition that provides rich language experiences that are successful in cultivating good speech and expression. This approach exposes your child to significantly larger vocabularies than those found in early-reader programs, allowing her or him to expand their literacy skills through dramatization, poetry, puppet plays, songs, storytelling and drawings – creating a foundation in reading and writing.