“I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I do think the same is true of human beings.  We do not wish to see children precocious, making great strides in their early years like sprouts, producing a soft and perishable timber, but better if they expand slowly at first, as if contending with difficulties, and are solidified and perfected.  Such trees continue to expand with nearly equal rapidity to extreme old age.”  -Henry David Thoreau


Wishing Well School is a non-profit that offers a preschool, a mixed-age kindergarten and a first/second/third and fourth/fifth grade class, inspired by Waldorf education located in Los Osos on the central coast of California.  The program is open to children 3 through 11 years old and is taught by a certified Waldorf teachers and California credentialed teachers.  Our early childhood programs operate as a state licensed childcare center, facility number  406213675.  Our elementary grades programs operate as a private school registered with the state.

In the preschool and kindergarten there is an emphasis on play, imagination and nature.  Children are encouraged to play, explore and imagine in a loving environment filled with natural materials.  Daily activities provide a comforting and reliable rhythm, including bread making and baking, watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, and puppet plays. Songs, nature walks, and stories honor the natural world and changing seasons.  The children learn to play harmoniously with an established circle of friends.

The first/second/third and fourth/fifth grade class curriculum’s include an introduction and deepening of math and language arts, music, flute, form drawing, Spanish language, handwork (knitting, crochet, natural dyeing and cross stitch), gardening, games class (P.E), painting, sculpting, nature science study, field trips and drama.

We are also offering a Wednesday 11am-2:30pm Homeschool Enrichment program.