We believe that play is the serious work of childhood.
At Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery, we strive to encourage and protect the sense of wonder and gratitude nourishing the child’s imagination, and to provide a warmth-filled place to work, play and create. We believe that play is the serious work of childhood, and that learning by doing provides the foundation for critical thinking, problem solving and a lifelong enthusiasm for knowledge. Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf Education is based on a developmental approach that addresses the needs of the growing child. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head.
The seed which was to become Acorn Hill was planted in the 1950s and early 1960s by a small but dedicated group of individuals wishing to found a Waldorf school in the Washington, D.C. area. In 1964, Acorn Hill opened its doors to five children in the basement of a house situated on a small knoll with a large oak tree in the front yard—hence our name. Today we find ourselves on a somewhat larger hill where gathering acorns is a favorite autumn activity!
As a Waldorf School and member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association, Acorn Hill is part of a world-wide educational movement of over 800 schools whose work is based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner, and whose central aim is to stimulate the healthy development of the child’s own imagination.
We let children be children!
Acorn Hill brings about recognition and understanding of all the world’s cultures and religions. We are based on a belief that there is a spiritual dimension to the human being and to all of life. Waldorf families come from a broad spectrum of religious traditions and interests.
Education tends to focuses on the intellectual aspect of the human being and may ignore several other parts that are essential to our well-being. These include our life of feeling (emotions, aesthetics, and social sensitivity), our willpower (the ability to get things done), and our moral nature (being clear about right and wrong).
We believe that media and screen time hamper the development of the child’s imagination, therefore no electronic media of any kind is used in our curriculum. Instead, our pre-academic programs nurture imitative and imaginative play, social and physical activity, and an appreciation for beauty and nature. The programs endow children with a strong sense of self and a platform for success in later academic pursuits by building sound logical reasoning, mental capabilities and a reverence for life. We let children be children!