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 […]

Michaelmas in The Waldorf Tradition

In Waldorf education, we celebrate Michaelmas — a traditional Christian celebration of the Archangel St. Michael — observed in the Northern Hemisphere since Roman times on September 29th and typically honored by a feast. Michaelmas is also held around the equinox and has been associated with the beginning of fall and the darker, colder days […]

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 […]

Meet Class 1 Teacher Andrea Zeno

  We sat down with Spring Garden Waldorf School’s new class one teacher, Andrea Zeno, to learn about how she came to Waldorf Education and what she’s looking forward to in the coming years at SGWS. Q. When did you first become interested in Waldorf Education and why? A. In 1996, I was introduced to […]

Waldorf vs. Public School – Early Academics, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, Waldorf vs. Public School – Early Academics, we explored child development and testing in its relation to academics in Waldorf and Public schools. Now we’ll compare the academic philosophies of each education system, beginning with an in-depth discussion of Waldorf early academic pedagogy. What is the objective of Waldorf […]

Waldorf Compared to Public School – Early Academics

In our article A Comparison of Waldorf and Public School, we broke down key elements that differentiate the two pedagogies by looking at the way each approaches early academics, curriculum, classroom environment, teaching methods, social learning, individuality, and relation to society as a whole. In the following series, we will look at each of these […]