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Waldorf Education for Gifted Children

»Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Curriculum, Research | 0 comments

If you have a young child who is advanced in academics, is an early reader, or seems ready for formal schooling at an early age, you may believe that Waldorf Education isn’t the right choice for you. You may worry that your bright child will be bored in a Waldorf classroom.

However, in this article, Dr. Richard House, a senior lecturer at Roehampton University’s Research Centre for Therapeutic Education, recommends delaying formal schooling for bright children. He says, “…gifted pupils from relatively affluent backgrounds suffered the most from being pushed ‘too far, too fast.’” He quoted a major U.S. study, carried out over eight decades, that demonstrated how “children’s ‘run-away intellect’ actually benefited from being slowed down in the early years, allowing them to develop naturally.”

The absence of worksheets and standardized testing in the early grades does not mean that Spring Garden does not introduce these young pupils to advanced concepts. Students in Grades One and Two are actively taught mathematical concepts along with reading and writing, nature and science, music, art and foreign language — all in a multi-sensory and engaged manner.

Joanna Caley, mother of a Spring Garden student, talks about the benefits her gifted daughter experienced when given a more balanced Waldorf education at Spring Garden.

Click to learn more about Waldorf Education:

Research about Early Elementary Education

Early Elementary Education at Spring Garden Waldorf School

Learning to Read in Waldorf Schools

 

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It’s Not Too Late for 2014 Enrollment

»Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Come Experience the Waldorf Difference at our August Open Houses. Watch parent, Angica Weaver, a public school teacher, share why she chose Waldorf Education.

 

Summer Open House Tour and Q&A:

  • August 12th at 9 a.m.
  • August 14th at 7 p.m.

Register via form Below

Preschool Sampler Day:

  • August 4th at 9 a.m.

Register via form Below

 

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Monster Dash Benefiting SGWS

»Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

MDashLogoRun with the monsters, or from them, in this spirited 5K run!  Sunday, October 26 2014 Beginning at 9:15 am Lock 3 Park Downtown Akron.

Register Today and Save

  • Now through September 9 – Only $20
  • September 10 – October 23 – $25
  • October 25/26 – $30
  • The first 175 participants to register for Monster Dash will receive a event shirt!
  • Kids Fun Run is Free  – pre-registration is appreciated
  • Trick or Trot is Free — pre-registration is appreciated

 

About the Race
Participants are encouraged to dress in costume for this timed event. Monsters may be lurking in the bushes and behind bridges – so beware! The event also includes two kids events: the Kids’ Fun Run and Trick-Or-Trot, at trick-or-treating event. Both of these events take place in Lock 3 Park.

 

Schedule of Events

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  • Packet Pick-Ups and day-of registration: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Location: Lock 3 Park

Sunday, October 26

  • Packet Pick-Ups and day-of registration: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
    Location: Lock 3 Park
  • Trick-Or-Trot: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Location: Lock 3 Park
  • 5K Race: 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
    Location: Towpath Trail
  • Kids’ Fun Run: 10 a.m.
    Location: Lock 3 Park
  • Awards ceremony: 10 a.m.
    Location: Lock 3 Park
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Parent Conversations at SGWS

»Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

coffeeComing up in the 2014/15 school year, Spring Garden is excited to offer Parent Education and Conversation mornings.

We are offering a school wide book club, where we choose, read and discuss Waldorf-inspired parenting and education books. Book Study will take place in the mornings on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Copies of the book will be available for borrowing.

We will also continue our ongoing Coffee and Conversation series on the last Wednesday morning of each month.This event typically features a guest speaker and is followed by questions and discussion. A few of the coffee and conversations will be offered in the evening and topic suggestions are welcome to be sent to admissions@sgws.org.

Mark Your Calendars:

Book Study -

  • Date: September 4th & 18th
  • Time: 8:45
  • Place: School Store
  • Book:  Henning Koehler – Raising Anxious, nervous and Depressed Children
    A Spiritual Perspective to Guide Parents

Mr. Koehler courageously presents parents and teachers with a practical path of schooling the thinking, heart, and will in selfless devotion to the individual destiny of each child.

Coffee & Conversation -

  • Date: September 28
  • Time: 8:45
  • Place: School Store
  • Topic: TBD

Hope to see you there!

 

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Get to Know Your Parent Council

»Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Spring Garden Waldorf School LogoMany schools have a PTA or PTO, and here at Spring Garden we have Parent Council. The Parent Council serves as the voice of parents at our school and promotes community enrichment and communication between the faculty, Board, and the parent body at large.

Every two years, each class selects a parent to serve a two-year term as their representative on Parent Council. This parent attends the monthly Parent Council meetings and their three yearly class meetings, where they share information with their class about school wide events such as:

  • Welcome Back Dinner
  • Halloween Festival
  • Children’s Festival
  • Annual Auction class projects
  • Parent Appreciation Party
  • Coordinating the production of a yearbook
  • Class gifts and outreach
  • Minor fundraisers (Silver Graphics, etc.)

If you are interesting in serving on Parent Council, speak up at your first class meeting or contact the current President, Marina Rana, for more information.

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