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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Student’s Grow Produce for Hattie’s Food Hub

SGWS students are growing and harvesting food from the school garden for Hattie’s Food Hub. The Hub is an innovative Hattie Larlham farm-to-table work training program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities which also serves a need in the Akron community for access to fresh, local food through its fresh market. As a part of […]

The Importance of Fairy Tales

“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 Einstein So, why do Waldorf Educators read fairy tales to our early childhood and primary school students? Because fairy tales are imaginative stories with rich visual and contextual elements that […]

Dr. Rachel Waddell — New Strings Teacher

Dr. Rachel L. Waddell has joined the Spring Garden Waldorf School Faculty as the new head of the orchestra program. Dr. Waddell also currently serves as the Associate Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, under Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann, where she conducts the orchestra’s pops and educational programs, and guest conducts on MasterWorks performances. Waddell […]