I know what you must be thinking: Spring? Yeah right! Not after this last batch of snow. Well, shake off those winter blues, and come celebrate the coming of spring, and with it, our community and youth! This Saturday, March 18th from 7:00-11:00pm, join in the celebration of spring, the arts, and Kinderhaus Preschool at T-Bock’s Upstairs! The event is free to attend and includes live music and spoken word from a variety of local artists including Kinderhaus teachers, parents, and friends. Plus mandala coloring, free appetizers, and a cash bar. Kinderhaus will gratefully accept your free-will donations at the door. Your free-will donation will support the learning environment and children who attend Kinderhaus – enrollment is open now!
Kinderfolk on Stage Performances Include:
* Randi Berg, Kristin Albertson, and Lor Miller
* The Stevens (Siri and Matt Stevens)
* Kristin Albertson, Lydia Hayes, and Dale Kittleson
* Stevie Ray & Co (Steve McCargar, Otter Dreaming, Ellen Rockne, Kristin Albertson and Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks)
* Cerrisa Snethen (spoken word)
What is Kinderhaus?
Kinderhaus is a nature-based, Waldorf-inspired, outdoor preschool and kindergarten for 3-6-year-olds in Decorah, Iowa, that provides a warm and nurturing environment for young children in our community to learn. The school strives to develop the whole child: emotionally, socially, artistically, and cognitively. Our goal is simple: to create an oasis in which children find the security and opportunity to develop into creative, imaginative, cooperative, self-motivated learners for the future.
The Importance of Outdoor Education and Play:
“Through Play the child creates herself.”
There is a growing body of knowledge – both anecdotal and scientific – that supports the idea that nature is necessary for the healthy development of children. Playing outside positively shapes the physical, intellectual and social-emotional development of children.
“Children also use creative play as a way to unravel life’s challenging experiences. A new baby in the family, a move across the country, a death of a grandparent; all become themes the child can work through again and again. What is this feeling I have? How can I express it? How do I make sense of it? How can I regain balance? If parents and teachers are sensitive to the child’s needs in these difficult times, we can dovetail with the child’s natural imperative to play. We can offer them curative stories in which, perhaps through animal characters, their own predicament is laid out for them to see, as well as a solution. These story images can act like seeds, informing their imaginative play and helping them explore new directions.”
--Sharifa Oppenheimer (From the Spring 2011 Issue of Rhythm of the Home)
Kinderhaus opens its doors to all children and families ages 3-6 years of age. Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is now open!