LINCOLNVILLE CENTER, Maine — Spindlewood Waldorf Kindergarten and LifeWays Center, Proctor Road, will open its doors to the public 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in celebration of its 25th year.
Parents and children are invited to meet the teachers Elisa Olds and Susan Silverio and tour the schoolhouse, the frog pond and the barn that houses little red hens and the Icelandic sheep Buttercup and Duncan. Apple cake and cider from Spindlewood trees will be served. Parents interested in enrolling their children may arrange a time for an informational interview.
Initiated in 1986 by parents interested in holistic education, Spindlewood’s roots began as the first Waldorf school initiative in midcoast Maine with Susan Silverio as the founding teacher. Focusing on engaging the heads, hearts and hands of children with the goal of awakening wonder and enthusiasm, the initiative expanded into the Ashwood Waldorf School in Rockport.
In 2006, Silverio decided to branch off from Ashwood Waldorf and re-engage her passion for educating preschool children.
“My granddaughter was born at this time and I had a renewed interest in this age range,” Silverio said. “After 20 years of helping to develop Ashwood, I decided to focus on early childhood in our homestead environment in Lincolnville that we now call Spindlewood. It is a peaceful setting that invites children to explore and interact with the natural world and with each other at their own developmental pace.”
A typical day for a preschooler at Spindlewood may include baking bread, harvesting vegetables from the garden and chopping them for soup, pressing cider in the fall, or tapping maple trees in the spring, as well as celebrating the cycle of the year through family festivals. Children are engaged in singing, movement and the creative arts of watercolor painting, coloring, woodworking, beeswax modeling and sewing. Stories and puppet plays provide material to inspire the children’s imaginations and creative play. They go outdoors every day, no matter what the weather, to interact with nature and to appreciate the seasons. Afternoons provide a restful period with lullabies, stories, “siesta” and outdoor play.
The school has openings available for 3- to 5-year-olds in the Tuesday throughThursday mixed-age kindergarten, as well as for children below age 3 in the Parent-Child Morning Garden that meets on Mondays. For more information about the school, visit http://www.spindlewoodmaine.com/ or call Susan Silverio at 763-4652.