Help your child discover a love of learning.
Searching for a unique learning environment for your child? See why Kindergarten at Blue Oak is the perfect place to begin their education.
Your children get to learn through a variety of active experiences like song and dance, outdoor activities, bread baking, and much more.
We cap our Kindergarten classrooms at 21 students. This ensures your child will receive the love and attention they deserve.
Set Up for Success
Children who begin their education in our Kindergarten program go on to have an incredible experience through each grade at Blue Oak
An Easy Choice for Parents
Kindergarten sets the tone for the next twelve years of your child’s education. No pressure, right? At Blue Oak, you can rest easy knowing your child is developing creative and foundational skills that will serve them well in and outside of the classroom.
See if Blue Oak is the right fit for your child.
Get a closer look at our Kindergarten program:
Schedule a guided campus tour with our staff
Learn more about our play-based learning curriculum
Enroll your child and watch them flourish
Frequently Asked Questions
To begin the enrollment process, please fill out the Student Interest Form which gives us basic information to prepare for enrollment. For questions regarding our current openings and waitlists, contact our Registrar.
Call: (530) 879-7483 x2037
To enter in the Fall, a child must be five years old on or before September 1. To enter Transitional Kindergarten (T-K), a child must turn five between September 2 and December 2.
*At Blue Oak we place T-K and K students in the same classroom.
Waldorf pedagogy is developmentally based. It is important that your child is developmentally ready for the curriculum that is presented at each grade level. Also, older students in a class are typically more successful than younger students. We strongly urge parents to allow their child 2 years of Kindergarten whenever possible and to heed any recommendation of our experienced Kindergarten teachers. Depending on your child’s birthday, they may be eligible for 1 year of Kindergarten, but their birth date is not the only factor considered. Those Kindergartners that fall into the younger group (birthdays between June 1 – September 1) are typically recommended for an additional year of Kindergarten. Teachers will make their recommendations to parents around the end of January.
If the number of students who wish to attend exceeds the available capacity, a random public lottery will be held and a waitlist will be generated. According to our Charter, the following receive preference for admission:
- Existing students
- Siblings of existing students
- Children of Blue Oak staff
- Children and grandchildren of Charter Council Board members
- Students enrolled in McManus Elementary school or reside in its attendance area
- Students who reside in the Chico Unified School District
For questions regarding our current openings and waitlists, contact our Registrar.
Call: (530) 879-7483 x2037
Yes. Our regular Kindergarten day runs from 8:30AM to 12:30PM. We offer an extended day Kindercare program that runs from 12:30PM to 3:00PM run through Blue Oak as well as an after school program from 3:00PM to 5:00PM run by CARD for our Blue Oak students grade K-5.
Here, Kindergarten is a time to develop sensory integration through movement, art, music, free play and other readiness instruction. In Kindergarten, children are building their capacities for literacy through language-rich circle activities, intentional movement, and linguistically rich storytelling. This allows for a gradual and multi-sensory preparation for reading. Direct instruction in letter/sound correspondence is brought through the images embedded in the Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the First Grade. From there, Blue Oak students begin more traditional reading instruction; this gradual approach comes to full fruition by the end of Third Grade.
In Kindergarten, the children often help prepare a wholesome and hearty snack of various grains (rice, oats, quinoa, wheat, corn); fresh, organic fruits or vegetables; cheese and/or nuts/seeds. Our mealtime together includes a blessing and table manners, and is considered a whole-group activity. Preparing and eating snacks together as a class is essential for community building, skill development, and to ensure every student receives a nutritious meal throughout the day. To learn more details like this, visit our Kindergarten Program page.
Yes absolutely! Get in touch with your Kindergarten teacher to learn more.