Who We Are
Visit Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery and experience firsthand its extraordinary spirit! Acorn Hill is devoted to providing quality programs to meet the physical, social-emotional, and mental developmental needs of your child using integrated and age appropriate methods. Established in 1964, we have occupied our present, natural wooded site off Sligo Creek in Silver Spring, Maryland since 1977. We are a certified kindergarten and nursery licensed by the Maryland State Board of Education and a day care center licensed by the Office of Child Care, division of MSDE.
As a Waldorf school and member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association, 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.
Our morning and full-day programs are designed for children two and a half to six, with parent and child classes for infants, toddlers and two to three year olds. We surround our children with simple experiences that teach about the world in a gentle way by letting them do things directly themselves, trusting their innate stages of growth, and guarding them from sensory overload. Children are served natural, nutritious snacks, and enjoy a daily rhythm of activities including free indoor and outdoor play, songs, stories, puppet plays, and other creative tasks such as beeswax modeling, baking, gardening, handwork or sewing, watercolor painting, woodworking and seasonal crafts.
We are a small school of dedicated educators with more than 100 years of Waldorf teaching between us. Many of us are committed parents whose children attended Acorn Hill. We saw wonderful changes in our children and loved it so much we stayed on to teach or assist! All our teachers are certified in Waldorf Early Childhood Education. We are a faculty-administered school whose work is supported by our parents and our Board of Directors.