Waldorf and Music Training

The influence of music training on learning has long been cultivated in Waldorf Education, where musical instrument training begins in Grade 1 with pentatonic flutes and moves to stringed instruments by Grade 4. Students also receive choral training, study music reading and notation, and learn Solfege. Researchers at the University of Vermont College of Medicine found […]

IOWA Testing at Spring Garden

While the majority of the assessments at Spring Garden Waldorf school are done through observation and without formal testing, we do administer the IOWA Test of Basic Skills once a year, to 4th through 8th graders, for specific academic feedback. The unique unfolding of the Waldorf curriculum through the grades creates some discrepancies between the […]

Making the Transition to First Grade

Kristen Oberhaus, our current first grade main lesson teacher, will give a presentation for parents regarding the transition from kindergarten to first grade.  Kristen has the unique experience of having been an assistant in the kindergarten program for a number of years and is our current first grade class teacher.  She will share with parents […]

Walk Through The Grades – Feb.8th

All are welcome to Spring Garden’s upcoming Walk Through The Grades Day — Wednesday, February 8th, at 9 am.  REGISTER HERE or Email our Admissions Director, Amy Hecky, at admissions@sgws.org. Spring Garden is part of the long­standing Waldorf tradition, drawing attention for what the New York Times calls, “a teaching philosophy focused on physical activity and learning […]

Thursday Class Meetings Start Tonight

Class meetings are an important time for parents and teachers. Families learn about their child’s specific classroom curriculum, social dynamics and plan for upcoming activities. Please plan to attend your upcoming Class Meeting! January 19: Class Meetings – Grades 1,3,5,7 – 7PM January 26: Class Meetings – Grades 2,4,6,8 – 7PM February 2: Class Meetings […]

Open House: Sunday, Jan. 22nd at 1:00

Spring Garden Open Houses are a unique opportunity to learn more about Waldorf Education and our school. Our upcoming open house is Sunday, January 22nd from 1-3 pm. Drop into our welcoming school community for self guided tours to see student work, visit classrooms and speak with faculty, staff and current parents. Enrollment is still available […]

Educating The Whole Child in Waldorf Schools

  Waldorf Educators say they focus on “educating the whole child.” They also say the curriculum engages the student’s “head, heart and hands,” and uses “multi-disciplinary” methods of teaching. This sounds great, of course, but what does this really mean? Waldorf Education’s founder, Austrian scientist and philosopher, Rudolf Steiner, had very forward thinking ideals in […]

SGWS Students Make Art for Social Justice

Spring Garden Waldorf Eighth graders are proud participants in the art exhibit, “Build Bridges, Not Walls” — a timely call for people to create inclusive social and political spaces, both in and out of school communities. The Akron Art Museum will showcase the exhibit on Thursday December 8th, from 5:30-8:30, in a free event open […]

The Waldorf Class Play

Parents of Waldorf students get to see their children perform a play every spring. But why? Don’t tell the kids, but it’s not just for fun. Class plays are grounded in each grade’s individual curriculum and the appropriate developmental level of the students. Students act out what they’ve learned throughout the year in the language […]

Students Learn Math Running a Business

Spring Garden Sixth Graders get a taste for entrepreneurship and a thorough grasp of business math during their Business Math Main Lesson Block.  Collaboration, innovation and teamwork abound during this 6 weeks as students work together to develop, create, market and sell products at the Annual Children’s Festival and Artists’ Market. In Waldorf Education, experiential […]