Violet Garden Waldorf Preschool

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Violet Garden Waldorf Preschool.

Originally part of Portland Waldorf School the Violet Garden Waldorf Preschool is now privately run by M.A. Jody Bothe who has been a certified Waldorf Teacher from Antioch University since 1986.  The Violet Garden is full member of WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of America)

The Violet Garden Waldorf Preschool Program: (3-5 yrs. old)

violet grade waldorf preschool logoThe Violet Garden Program provides a warm, magical and nurturing experience for young children.  Children’s eyes, fingers and imaginations enjoy the natural materials in a beautiful home.  Imaginative play is the foundation for the program, providing a strong foundation for abstract thinking which is crucial for later academic success.

The focus in the Violet Garden is on the social, emotional and physical development of the child.  The child’s creative and imaginative capacities are allowed to flourish as s/he discovers and learns about their world through their experiences and interactions with those around them.

During the Preschool years we seek to awaken and support the child’s creative and playful nature and to nurture their sense of wonder and gratitude.  The concept is fostered that the tasks of daily living are fun and joyful.  The children learn to become social beings, able to help and be helped by those around them.  They delight in the festivals of the year, including their own birthdays.  They gain an inner well-being as they feel part of their world.

With all this in mind, we offer children opportunities to participate in these creative and practical activities:  painting, baking, coloring, gardening, free play, songs, games, crafts, storytelling and puppetry.

We observe the seasons of the year and celebrate them with festivals.  Violet Garden families are also invited to participate in the larger festivals, such as Harvest Fair and May Fair, at the Portland Waldorf School in Milwaukie.

The Violet Garden is in a beautiful Sellwood home with a lovely yard.  We also enjoy easy access to Sellwood Park (1/2 block).

Our friend Chip Duggan who is also a parent in our school was so kind to put this video together for us.  Enjoy


2, 3 or 5 day preschool is available Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Afternoon program Monday – Friday available 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm.

Our Parent-Child program is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19

may fair at the violet garden waldorf preschool