Age for Waldorf First Grade

If you are confused, well, join the rest of us!  Some Waldorf resources say the child is six in first grade, other sources say seven.  The general guideline I have used is that the child should be at least six and a half by the time the First Grade starts.  This means if your child has a summer birthday, they may be seven when first grade starts.  Most early six- year -olds are still in Waldorf Kindergarten (or should be). 

Do not rush, you can never get the Waldorf Kindergarten six –year- old year back!  And most children will benefit from the extra time to just “be” without having to focus on a main lesson for two hours.  No need to rush the end of that first seven-year cycle.

Hope that helps,


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