Jenifer Minor Lead Kindergarten Teacher

Jenifer Minor

Lead Kindergarten Teacher

Jenifer Minor began her studies in child development and anthroposophy in 2016 as a student with the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute. Native to Wisconsin, she was attracted to the reverence, beauty, and love that Waldorf education brings to the world. Prior to beginning her studies with Great Lakes, she lived in Minneapolis and then New York City, earning a bachelor’s degree in flute performance. More recently, Jenifer held an Early Childhood position at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Miss Jenifer enjoys gardening and being in nature, creating and attempting new handwork projects, connecting with people, and spending time with her tabby cat, Zorro.

Miss Jenifer warmly greets the children with open arms and an open heart each morning. Her calm and loving demeanor provides a strong foundation for the day's activities as she leads the children through their daily and seasonal rhythms. She views the children as her greatest teachers, reminding her to be fully present, and to complete every single task with consciousness and intention.

Play-based Kindergarden

“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.

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