New Kindergarten Play Space Transformation

New Kindergarten Play Space Transformation

by Melanie Ingler | Communications Coordinator

When the need arose this summer to create a larger outdoor play space for our kindergarten classes, WSP Substitute Gardening Teacher, and WSP alumnus (class of 2012), Sebastian Langen rose to the occasion. He designed and created the wonderful new space where our kindergarten children start their days.

The vision was to create a new larger outdoor play space that would afford the children the opportunity for big play and climbing, underneath our beautiful oak tree on the upper field of the Los Altos campus, which is often a little wet and soggy in the winter months. After carefully clearing and leveling the area, and some help from others this summer, Sebastian created a large space covered with wood chips as a base, and then singlehandedly designed and executed the rest of the transformation this summer.

One of the key elements of the new play space are several large redwood logs that were salvaged from trees that had fallen in the CZU Lightning Complex fire on his family’s property. Cutting them just to the length of his truck bed, he hauled them down from the mountain and removed the ashy outer layers revealing the healthy wood within. Each of them is buried deep within the ground with gravel and shale to provide sturdy perches for play.

The shorter stumps were donated by the alumni family of Liam Hanlon who salvaged them from a neighborhood tree-cutting in the certainty that a school would benefit and he was right! One of the climbing triangles created by the students in the third grade of 2014 was relocated here. There are a variety of logs and planks the children enjoy moving around to create new play opportunities. The space is still under transformation with more elements to come. Later this year, there will be notches for climbing, balance beams, and a few more surprises. 

Sebastian joined Waldorf School of the Peninsula way back in fourth grade when his family moved here because his father had accepted the position of Practical Arts teacher. Having been absent for part of middle and high school, Sebastian returned in the eleventh grade and graduated with our second high school class. After high school, he took on a Biodynamic Gardening apprenticeship at Rudolf Steiner College. Sebastian was excited to learn of the opportunity to return to WSP. “Teacher Sebastian,” as he is known by the students, joined us last year as a long-term substitute while our Los Altos campus Gardening teacher Ms. Roberts was away on maternity leave. As luck would have it, soon after she returned, our Mountain View campus Gardening teacher Ms. Uludag also left on maternity leave so Teacher Sebastian is now often found with middle school students on that campus. 

We are fortunate that Sebastian returned to bring his gifts back to WSP, and create our beautiful new kindergarten play space.

Grades 1 – 5 Tour & Introduction to Waldorf Education

Grades 1 – 5 Tour & Introduction to Waldorf Education

Coming to one of our campus tours or open houses is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Waldorf Education and experience our school. They include an overview of the Waldorf philosophy and curriculum, detailed information about our school, a walk through some of the classrooms, and time to speak directly with members of the faculty and students. All events end with a Q & A session.

Tours start promptly at 9:00 am and visit several classrooms in session, so we ask that you do not bring children (except for babies in arms). Tours do fill up, so please sign up in advance, here, to reserve your preferred date. During the tour you will hear about Waldorf curriculum and programs, meet teachers, and visit classes in session. It will conclude with a Q&A session.

Please note: Our Middle School campus is located in Mountain View and there are specific tours for these grades, however an important overview of the curriculum is offered at this tour on our Los Altos campus and we highly recommend anyone who is new to Waldorf Education attend this event first.

Grades 1 – 5 Tour & Introduction to Waldorf Education

Grades 1 – 5 Tour & Introduction to Waldorf Education

Coming to one of our campus tours or open houses is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Waldorf Education and experience our school. They include an overview of the Waldorf philosophy and curriculum, detailed information about our school, a walk through some of the classrooms, and time to speak directly with members of the faculty and students. All events end with a Q & A session.

Tours start promptly at 9:00 am and visit several classrooms in session, so we ask that you do not bring children (except for babies in arms). Please plan to come a few minutes early to sign in.

Tours do fill up, so please sign up in advance, here, to reserve your preferred date. During the tour you will hear about Waldorf curriculum and programs, meet teachers, and visit classes in session. It will conclude with a Q&A session.

Please note: Our Middle School campus is located in Mountain View and there are specific tours for these grades, however an important overview of the curriculum is offered at this tour on our Los Altos campus and we highly recommend anyone who is new to Waldorf Education attend this event first.

Grades 1 – 5 Tour & Introduction to Waldorf Education

Grades 1 – 5 Tour & Introduction to Waldorf Education

Coming to one of our campus tours or open houses is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Waldorf Education and experience our school. They include an overview of the Waldorf philosophy and curriculum, detailed information about our school, a walk through some of the classrooms, and time to speak directly with members of the faculty and students. All events end with a Q & A session.

Tours start promptly at 9:00 am and visit several classrooms in session, so we ask that you do not bring children (except for babies in arms). Please plan to come a few minutes early to sign in.

Tours do fill up, so please sign up in advance, here, to reserve your preferred date. During the tour you will hear about Waldorf curriculum and programs, meet teachers, and visit classes in session. It will conclude with a Q&A session.

Please note: Our Middle School campus is located in Mountain View and there are specific tours for these grades, however an important overview of the curriculum is offered at this tour on our Los Altos campus and we highly recommend anyone who is new to Waldorf Education attend this event first.

Grades 1 – 5 Tour & Introduction to Waldorf Education

Grades 1 – 5 Tour & Introduction to Waldorf Education

Coming to one of our campus tours or open houses is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Waldorf Education and experience our school. They include an overview of the Waldorf philosophy and curriculum, detailed information about our school, a walk through some of the classrooms, and time to speak directly with members of the faculty and students. All events end with a Q & A session.

Tours start promptly at 9:00 am and visit several classrooms in session, so we ask that you do not bring children (except for babies in arms). Please plan to come a few minutes early to sign in.

Tours do fill up, so please sign up in advance, here, to reserve your preferred date. During the tour you will hear about Waldorf curriculum and programs, meet teachers, and visit classes in session. It will conclude with a Q&A session.

Please note: Our Middle School campus is located in Mountain View and there are specific tours for these grades, however an important overview of the curriculum is offered at this tour on our Los Altos campus and we highly recommend anyone who is new to Waldorf Education attend this event first.