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, […]

The Case for a Summer Slowdown

If you Google, “Summer break with children,” you get two types of search results — a variety of activity lists or articles about the evils of summer’s off. Turns out they call it “summer fade,” which is a one month backslide in learning coupled with an increase in Body Mass Index (BMI) for kids. Many parents […]

Nature’s Children Parent and Child Class

Spring Garden Waldorf School and Crown Point Ecology Center are partnering to offer Nature’s Children Parent and Child Class.  Nature’s Children is a one of a kind offering for parents and/or caregivers of children ages 18 months to 4 years.  This summer session will be offered almost entirely outdoors and will allow children and their parents to […]

Expansion of Nursery Preschool Program

Spring Garden Waldorf School is pleased and excited to announce an expansion of the Nursery Preschool program due to high demand.  This program serves children who are 3 or young 4 year olds and are potty trained. We will be offering a 2 day preschool program on Mondays/Tuesdays.  Half and full day options are available.  […]

Sample Day for Preschool

Are you interested in Spring Garden Waldorf School for your Pre-K child?  We have a free sample morning classes available for interested parents and their children. On this day, you can join your child and walk through the rhythmic, warm, sensory filled experience of a Waldorf early childhood classroom  The morning will include circle time, […]

The Importance of Repetition

A Message from Nursery Preschool Teacher, Kathy Miller When I see the words brain development in black and white, I feel such a tremendous responsibility for my classroom’s children. Am I providing every possible opportunity in my Nursery Preschool classroom to develop each child’s greatest potential? Thankfully, I know that what I do on a […]

Martinmas Celebration: Early Childhood

The Early Childhood classes — Miss Kathy, Miss Olga, and Miss Julie — will celebrate Martinmas with a lantern walk during the school day on Tuesday, November 11. This is a simple celebration, intended to both observe the changing of the seasons and inspire generosity of spirit. As the story goes, Martin was a prosperous […]

Wet Felting in Early Childhood Classes

Wet felting is a common handwork activity in Waldorf schools. In wet felting, combed sheep’s wool (sometimes called “roving”) is soaked in warm, soapy water, then kneaded so the individual wool strands break down and combine into felt. Wet felting offers unlimited potential for creativity, as the felt can be manipulated and shaped in many […]