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Honouring The End of Our Kindergarten Years | MAMANUSHKA
‘As Pure As Gold, As Clear As Crystal’ So, today was kind of an important day for our family. Our eldest, now 6 years old, graduated from her Kindergarten class. Although in her type of school, it isn’t actually called a “graduation” but is instead referred to as “Crossing the Rainbow Bridge”. I know, I know… It sounds a little hokey and a lot hippie but bear with me, as it was one of the most precious, special and thoughtful ceremonies I have ever attended at any age. It is a wonderful way to honour this transition and I really wanted to share some of it here with you. My daughter attends a Waldorf Steiner School, where the kindergarten programme is for ages three to six and lasts for three years. In a Steiner Kindergarten, the emphasis is on developing good habits, good manners and good play, especially outdoors and through a love of nature and its seasons. And wow, do those kids play! They play and play and play. There is no learning letters. No learning numbers. No academic tasks to complete. There is a lot of movement and building and making and baking in a classroom held by …