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Make Time for Routine

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

Waldorf Early Childhood revolves around predictable routines.

Waldorf Early Childhood revolves around predictable routines.

Routine is good for children. It makes them feel safe: kids who have solid routines know what’s coming most of the time and can better adapt to the occasional unexpected event. Routine also helps make parents’ lives easier and improves children’s behavior. But in modern life, hectic schedules often disrupt routine. While ditching a formal dinnertime or extending bedtime may seem to relieve stress in the moment, research implies otherwise.

A Syracuse University metastudy of 32 studies of routine and ritual in family life between 1950 and 2000, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, found that “although families may be challenged to meet the busy demands of juggling work and home, there is reason to believe that routines and rituals may ease the stress of daily living.”

One way in which routines help relieve family stress is by helping the long-term behavior of children. Take, for example, the results of a study reported in this article from The Guardian.  The University College London did a study of bedtimes and routines in three-, five, and seven-year-olds and found that “children put to bed at the same time each day are significantly less likely to misbehave,” and that “children who had changeable bedtimes between the ages of three and five displayed better behavior by age seven if their bedtimes had become more regular.”

Another study, published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and reported here at Reuters, found that “children who took part in more family routines were more likely to be socially and emotionally advanced” and that routines “can help with what we call ‘executive function': skills like problem-solving, negotiation, planning and delayed gratification. Having good executive function skills is absolutely important for school success.”

So what routines should you establish? Any routines and rituals created by your family hold value. This 2007 study by Mary Spagnola, Ph.D., and Barbara H. Fiese, Ph.D., published in the journal Infants and Children,” said any regular family practice encouraging emotional connection showed beneficial results. However, the study identified three specific routines they noted as contributors to healthy child development:

  • A nightly dinner routine was found to provide rich and complex language development experiences.
  • Reading routines were shown to improve literacy.
  • Daily living routines, like meal preparation, homework, and age-appropriate extracurricular activities, were found to foster social skills and independence.

No matter what routines you and your family decide to embrace, the research shows that it will help balance your child’s behavior, build academic and social skills, and relieve stress in the family.

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2014 Halloween Festivities at Spring Garden

»Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

HomeHalloween1Children and their families are invited to celebrate Halloween at Spring Garden on Thursday, October 30th, at 6:00 pm. Children dress up in non violent or gory, media free costumes and visit their very own dressed-up teachers who will festively pass out treats from their classrooms.

Parents and children will need to be done walking through the school by 7:30 when the stations close. Don’t forget to bring a bag for all the treats! Caty Petersilge is also hosting a family, pumpkin-carving-fun day after school on Wed. Oct 29th. Children and parents attending this event can bring as many pumpkins as they would like to carve and take to decorate their home.

Children will have no school on Friday, October 31, and Monday, November 1st. These days are reserved for teacher conferences, so please sign up for a time to speak with your teacher. Sign up sheets will be posted on the office windows.

Have a fun, safe and happy Halloween!

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Children’s Festival November 22nd

»Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

CookieFairyThis year is our 25th Annual Spring Garden Waldorf Children’s Festival! The theme is “Celebrating the Child In All of Us,” and all are welcome on November 22nd, from 10am-4pm.

Children of all ages love the magical cookie fairy and boat wish rooms, along with unique crafts, music, and the outdoor medieval catapult. Younger children especially love the face painting, puppet shows, story-telling and the make and take crafts.

The artisan market offers handmade items for young and old.  Enjoy a delicious café which offers homemade food and baked goods. Stay and have lunch while the kids play!

The festival takes place at 1791 South Jacoby Rd in Copley, OH. Admission to the event is $2 per person.

Lots of volunteers are needed the day before, day of and night of cleanup.  Look to the office windows and also to the Volunteer Opportunity tab on our website for upcoming signs ups to help.


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Bring a Friend to School Day

»Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Curriculum, Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

Grade7-3Students in grade 3-5 can bring a friend to school this Monday, October 13th, to experience Waldorf Education first hand. Join us and see the educational philosophy that has caught the attention of the New York Times and CNN.

Children attending bring-a-friend-to-school day, will spend the day with their sponsor friend as a typical Spring Garden Waldorf student. They will shadow their friend in the classroom and experience a regular day, including main lesson and all the day’s subjects.

Students must be registered to attend. Please call 330-666-0574 to register or email Amy Hecky at

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Hot Lunch is Back!

»Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

by Hazel Emery M.Ed.

ChineseChickenTuesday will be hot lunch day at Spring Garden and students may fill out the form, sent home by teachers, by the Friday at 8:30am before hot lunch is served. The standard lunch, which includes one drink, will be $3.75 for fall 2014. Extra items may be ordered for an extra cost, as indicated on the hot lunch forms.  Forms turned in late will be a assessed a $0.50 late fee, but absent students who have ordered lunch will not be charged.

Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed

The lunch program needs many hands to run smoothly. We especially need help with serving, from 11:30 to 1:00. Please come join us! The rhythm of the lunch program can be a bit hectic at times, so find a good comfort level for yourself and help as often as you can. No cooking experience is required!

Click here to volunteer for October 7

Click here to volunteer for October 14

Hot Lunch Forms are available HERE:







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