Posts by thewaywardshepherd

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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Combating the Summer Slide… Waldorf Style

»Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Just For Fun, Research | 0 comments

Tina Phillips

Tina Phillips

You’ve joined your library’s reading challenge and bought a workbook for math facts, but here are some Waldorf-inspired ways to help your children get the most out of summer and stay sharp.

  • Take a Hike

Not only is hiking fun for the whole family, but according to this University of Michigan study, it boosts cognitive performance.

  • Work in a Garden

Did you know?  Sage College Scientists found that “ingesting or breathing in a common soil bacterium found in nature reduces anxiety and improves learning.”  Don’t have a garden? Work in ours! Find Work Dates HERE.

  • Send Them Outside

The National Wildlife Federation has filled a PDF with all the latest research about the benefits of unstructured outdoor play, proving that “nature may indeed be the best kind of nurture…” 

  • Let Them Get Bored

As this BBC news article states right in the title: Children should be allowed to get bored.  Dr. Teresa Belton said, “Cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination.”That means they don’t have to be entertained while you need to work.  This article from Parenting Science explores over a decade of studies about the benefits of unstructured play time. The author is careful to note that free play does not mean physical education classes or sports or summer camps. Free play is unstructured play time, which has been proven to help math skills, language development, and creative problem solving.

  • Read a Fairy Tale

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”  ― Albert EinsteinThis fabulous article on ImaginationSoup.net perfectly encapsulates the importance of reading fairy tales to children.

So, put away the flashcards and go enjoy a smart summer!

 

 

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