Welcome to our nest
Birdsong Play Garden
An outdoor play-based preschool and kindergarten for 18mo – 5yo located in west Davis. Mondays through Fridays 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM.
Currently accepting applications. Email us at email@example.com for more information and to schedule a tour.
Bird's Eye View
Our shared study of Waldorf education is the foundation of Birdsong Play Garden. We impart the children’s days with rhythm, beauty, and wonder in order to cultivate these qualities within each of them. Additionally, Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) largely informs our work, as we patiently support the young child’s developing emotional life. We are eager to explore other approaches as we tend to the blossoming of those in our care. We also look forward to creating a culture of learning with the parents we work with, as ultimately, you are your child’s first teacher. Through shared efforts at home and school, we can weave a supportive nest in which the young child can thrive.
As our name suggests, we are a play-based program. This includes ample time outdoors, both in our backyard and in the adjacent wild spaces and greenbelt. This immersion in the elements contributes to the child’s social and sensory development through play. These efforts help to lay a foundation for the healthy embodiment of the young child.
Johanna has been nannying young children out of Waldorf philosophy for the last five years; prior to that she worked in farm-based experiential education for several years. She recently completed the prerequisites for nursing school. She is also training to become an anthroposophic nurse and rhythmical einreibung practitioner. Both of these specialties work out of a holistic view of the human being’s place within the cosmos, and this attention and interest in our connection to the earth also informs her work with young children.
Steve is an elementary and middle school teacher who has been working in accredited Waldorf schools since 2003. He earned his undergraduate degree from Goddard College and is a graduate of the West Coast Institute’s Waldorf teacher training in Vancouver, B.C. Steve is also a graduate of the full-time visual arts intensive at Free Columbia painting school in the Hudson Valley. Most recently he graduated the Davis Waldorf School 8th grade class of 2019, having been their lead teacher since 5th grade.
The atmosphere of our home has been carefully crafted with the young child in mind. Whereas we as adults have developed the capacity to withstand the abundant and sometimes harsh sensory experiences of daily life, the young child has yet to do so and is thus more sensitive. As such, we have selected natural materials to imbue the space with warmth, beauty, and coziness. This nourishing environment invites rich sensory experiences. We have chosen toys of natural materials, avoiding plastics due to their ecological burden and lack of warmth. Similarly, in order to protect the healthful development of the children’s senses, we avoid the use of electronic media during care.
Warm and Cozy inside
our garden gate Leads to the greenbelt