None of us can predict what information our children will need to know twenty years from now, but we do know that, to be successful, they will need the ability to think and solve problems. The education we offer is based on an understanding that the key to developing problem solving skills for the 21st century is an active imagination and a commitment to pursuing one’s purpose in life.
Intellectual flexibility, independent judgment, and moral courage is essential to our children’s success as creative and responsible human beings. To nurture these characteristics, our curriculum carefully balances academic, artistic, and practical activities to stimulate the imagination and prepare students for life. Rather than relying on rote memorization of standardized information, we seek to engage the whole child in the learning process.Our teachers understand that children pass through distinct stages of development and that both the subject matter and manner in which it is taught need to be specific to the age of a growing child. Our teachings are Waldorf-inspired and based upon the research from Rudolf Steiner and many other child development researchers and practitioners, including David Elkind, Howard Gardner, and Jean Piaget. We believe that education should be based on developmental research, not the theories and pocketbooks of politicians and toy companies.
We live in an era of “too much, too fast, too soon” and longitudinal studies are showing the effects this is having on our children and our future. There needs to be a change for our children and we are starting to make that change. We hope you will join us in helping give children the education they deserve.
Rock Rose began in 2006 as a small study group of parents and teachers committed to helping their children develop using the latest brain research. Recognizing the need to reach more children, the group became a nonprofit parent-child program in Escondido and a parent co-op kindergarten in Ramona. Wanting a more permanent location, we located a building in Fallbrook with a room and outside play area — The Hilltop Center. We opened our doors in 2009 for our first Preschool and Parent-Child classes in The Friendly Village. During the summer of 2013, we moved our location to The Creekside Plaza in Fallbrook. This new location gives the children more outdoor space and a charming place to call their school.
What we offer:
Preschool - PreKinder
Our Preschool/Pre-Kinder lovingly serves up to 14 children and is led by two teachers – a 7:1 ratio.
Our early childhood teachers works with the young child first by creating a warm, beautiful and loving home-like environment. The environment is protective and secure and things happen in a predictable, regular manner.
The children’s power of imagination is nurtured by sharing carefully selected stories and encouraging creative play. Children act out scenarios of their own creation, which helps them to experience many aspects of life beyond their immediate surroundings. Toys children interact with are made of natural materials such as, wood, cotton, silk, shells, pine cones, and stones to enhance their senses.
The teachers engages in domestic, practical, and artistic activities that the children can easily imitate. For example, children participate in baking, painting, gardening, and crafts. The teacher adapts the activities to the changing seasons and festivals of the year to allow the children to understand the world around them.
In this truly natural, loving, and creative environment, the children are given a range of activities and the structure to succeed as an individual in an educational setting. Using their heads, hearts, and hands, children experience sensory integration, hand-eye coordination, sequencing, appreciation of the beauty of language, and develop essential skills for the foundation of academic excellence.
Parent-Child (Mommy and Me) Classes
The Rock Rose School Parent-Child sessions provide education and resources for parents and their young children from infancy to three years of age. Participants come together in an inviting environment that echoes the rhythms and atmosphere of a Waldorf Early Childhood classroom. The classes encourage young children to explore and engage in the wonders of the first years of life in group play.They offer parents a place to connect, find a supportive group, discuss child development and parenting issues, and learn about Waldorf education with an experienced classroom teacher.This program offers parents a rare peek into their child’s interactions in a group setting. Our weekly class is a rhythmic, structured morning that includes songs, stories and activities appropriate to the child’s age.