Coffee & Conversation: History Comes Alive!

  Join us Wednesday, March 23rd at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. as we learn about History Curriculum and Approach for Grades 1 – 8 from experienced Waldorf teacher, Royse Crall. Royse is also the current Class 8 teacher. She will present the path of the history curriculum in Waldorf education and outline how we […]

Student Academic Support at SGWS

The multidisciplinary, age-appropriate curriculum in Waldorf Education helps meet individual student’s needs and unlock each child’s true potential.  Since each child is unique and learns best in different ways, we offer an Educational Support Team (EST) to help give extra attention to the learning needs of struggling students. The EST at Spring Garden is made […]

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 […]

On The Matter of Mud – Why Waldorf Kids Get Dirty

  “We can’t blame children for occupying themselves with Facebook rather than playing in the mud. Our society doesn’t put a priority on connecting with nature. In fact, too often we tell them it’s dirty and dangerous.” – David Suzuki The National Wildlife Federation has essentially created a whitepaper on dirt to explain and encourage […]

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 […]