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 […]

Waldorf Kindergarten – A Magical Day

Young children at Spring Garden spend their day in a place that honors their imagination and innocence while feeding their minds, bodies and spirits. Rhythm and routine are so essential for the well being of a child which is why the early childhood day is focused on comfort and predictability. The day begins as children […]

Meet Class One Teacher, Kristen Oberhaus

We sat down with our new Class One teacher at SGWS, Kristen Oberhaus, to ask her a few questions about her life and love of teaching. Welcome to our new first grade teacher! What is your favorite quote about teaching or education? I have lots, but currently, but my favorite is: “EVERYBODY IS A GENIUS. […]

June Parent Child Classes at Spring Garden

What are you doing with your little ones this summer? Consider the Spring Garden Waldorf Parent Child Classes held weekly for seven weeks, 9:30-Noon, on either Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. Classes start June 9,10 & 11 and parents register for the day of their choice. Parents and children (ages 18 months to 4 years old) join together […]

Spring Garden Early Childhood Expansion

We are pleased to announce that our Early Childhood program is expanding to accommodate the growing interest in Waldorf education in Northeast Ohio! We have a healthy waiting pool of applicants for our Early Childhood program for the 2016-17 school year, and the Administrative Faculty has made the decision to expand our Early Childhood program […]

Making the Transition to First Grade 

Please join us on Thursday, March 24, to learn more about the Waldorf First Grade curriculum.   Mrs. Andrea Zeno, an experienced Waldorf teacher and the current first grade class teacher, has graciously offered to give a talk for all parents.  Her talk will cover how skills and curriculum are approached in the first grade.  This […]

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 […]

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. […]

Bored to … Genius

  Boredom is an uncomfortable, undesired, frustrating state of mind. As parents, we’ve been conditioned to alleviate these feelings in our little ones. We ask, “What do they need to reach a better state of mind?” So it’s really no wonder that a bored and whiny child makes a parent spout lists of fun ideas […]

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, […]