Chalk Drawings in the Waldorf Classroom

Enter a Waldorf school for a tour and you may be immediately struck by the beauty within the classroom.  Within that beauty, your eye will no doubt settle at the chalkboard, where the children look daily, to behold a colorful and beautiful piece of hand crafted artwork — the chalk drawing. All Waldorf teachers do […]

GroundWorks Dance Theater Workshop

This fall, Spring Garden welcomed GroundWorks Dance Theater into our school for a second year.  The Cleveland-based theater company first hosted an in-school workshop, followed by an on-stage workshop and student performance at the downtown Akron Library auditorium.   GroundWorks spent time with our 5th, 6th and 7th graders exploring the nuances of the human […]

Waldorf Vs. Mainstream Education Curriculum

When parents first come to a Waldorf school from a public school environment, they will notice many differences. These often make broad brush stroke impressions such as: “this school seems art centric, it values nature, limits technology and the children are allowed to play and move a lot.” Processing the depth of difference in pedagogy […]

Grade Two and Stone Soup

by Hazel Emery M.Ed. The integrated language arts curriculum at Spring Garden Waldorf School is designed to support main lesson work throughout the grades. Grammar and mechanics, speaking, spelling, writing, and reading are taught within the context of age-appropriate literature. The language arts curriculum in Grade Two begins with stories and fairy tales from around […]

SGWS Subjects: Orchestra

by Emily Rode Here at Spring Garden Waldorf School, orchestral musical training is seen as a layering of abilities. What is taught in the early grades is built upon each year, as more and more is expected musically from the students. Children are given regular opportunities to perform their music, at monthly Assemblies and also […]

Waldorf Subjects: Handwork

by Caty Petersilge Consistently creating useful, beautiful objects with one’s own hands is a tangible and powerful life lesson — teaching students that they are capable of great things with time, patience and practice leading to accumulated success. If handwork has one ultimate purpose, it is to build students up until they no longer second-guess […]

Waldorf Subjects: Extra Lesson

by Jennell Woodard Waldorf Education is about the whole child – mind, body, and soul. The body and movement are intimately interconnected and interdependent in learning from this whole child perspective. The goal in Waldorf Education is to support development in which education is more than gaining knowledge. Learning is not all in our heads. […]

Coffee & Conversation: Public Welcome

Throughout the school year, Spring Garden offers an education series, Coffee and Conversation, on the last Wednesday of each month. Topics relating to Waldorf education will be presented by experienced faculty, with time for Q & A at the end of each presentation. Session times will vary between morning and evening to accommodate our community’s needs. We […]

The 2015 Spring Garden Rose Ceremony

At Spring Garden, like at all Waldorf schools around the world, The Rose Ceremony takes place on the first day for all students. But this traditional event is most influential for the incoming first grade and last year students at the school. Our First and Eighth graders are embarking on milestones in their school careers […]