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 […]

The Science Behind Waldorf Kindergarten Classroom Design

Early Childhood classrooms in Waldorf schools look different. Some parents are initially surprised by the lack of primary colors and maps and charts that normally festoon the walls of “traditional” preschool rooms. Won’t the kids find this … boring? According to recent research on the topic of classroom design, they won’t consider it at all, […]

Welcome to First Grade

Your little ones are off to first grade. It’s an exciting and important time for you and your child. They are now one of the “big kids” in “real” school. At Spring Garden, this means transitioning from the Meadow and familiar Early Childhood teachers to a new classroom, new teacher, and new playground. There will […]

Waldorf Educators on TedX

  Two Waldorf educators have been invited to speak at TEDX events — Jack Petrash and Lori Kran — each discussing not Waldorf education per se, but what they believe to be the essentials of education reform. Petrash spoke in his video, Educating Children for the Journey, on the importance of teaching children the skills […]

Waldorf Education Featured on The Simpsons Season Finale

  The Simpsons gave a well-crafted, comic shout out to Waldorf Education during their Season 26 finale for 2015 — “Mathlete’s Feat”, which aired May 17, 2015. Waldorf-centric Plot Summary: After a scathing math competition defeat, tech bigwigs take pity on Springfield Elementary and outfit the school with all the latest technology. But Principal Skinner’s […]

Head, Heart & Hands in Waldorf Education

What does it mean when we say, in Waldorf, that children learn through their “head, heart and hands?” It references multidisciplinary teaching and the balance built into Waldorf education curriculum.  Why do we focus on a balanced education? Our world thrives on balance — ecosystems, economies, and governments all perform most optimally when things are allowed to […]

The Waldorf Arts Curriculum

Prospective parents sometimes ask, “Is Waldorf an art school?” Waldorf schools do not consider themselves arts schools, but they do integrate art and music into the daily curriculum. There are many reasons for this, but here are a few: Music and art engage children naturally and make learning more fun, interactive, and multidisciplinary. Music and […]

May Day Festival – April 29th

by Hazel Emery M.Ed. During the first week of May, the fullness of spring and the impending arrival of summer are celebrated by cultures around the world with flowers, music, dancing, and singing. The Chinese and Thai New Year, the colorful Indian festival of Holi, and Walpurgis Night in western Europe are but a few […]

The Gift of One Teacher

  Students in Waldorf schools will ideally have the same main lesson teacher for first through eighth grade. There are three primary reasons Waldorf schools choose this method. First, it helps the teacher truly know the child and his or her family. Second, having a consistent class of peers with one consistent central authority figure […]