Teacher Communication – Early Childhood

Here at Spring Garden, parents receive regular communication from class teachers about what the children are learning and what the teacher’s are observing. We wanted to give an example here on our blog of our thorough, and some might say, inspired, teacher communication. This letter is from our Extended Care, Early Childhood teacher, Kathy Miller: […]

Martinmas Lantern Festival

Last week Early Childhood celebrated Martinmas, a lantern festival celebrating the life of St. Martin and reminding us that we each have a light inside of us that we can share with the world. St. Martin was a soldier in Rome in the 4th century.  Legend says that one wintry night, he met a poor […]

Waldorf vs. Montessori

  When parents are researching private schools, the myriad of options and different educational philosophies can sometimes be overwhelming. Many of the parents considering Waldorf education also consider Montessori. This is probably because both education methods cater to a student’s individual learning style with reverence and respect for each child and their gifts.  But how […]

Fall & Winter Parent Child Class Schedule

Our Parent / Child classes offer a warm, enriching environment for children ages 18 months to 4 years old. Parents are nearby to observe and interact as their children are guided through the morning by the gentle rhythm of circle time, creative play, snack and story time. Parents are encouraged to discuss child development and […]

Spring Garden 2012 Events Post

This post is particularly for our new parents, but everyone may find it handy!  Like at most schools, here at Spring Garden, we hit the ground running.  So here’s some basic information about scheduled events that happen early on in the school year. For more detailed info, please talk with your class teacher, the office, […]

The Importance of Fairy Tales – Part 2

Here is another great article about what fairy tales can teach the young and the old.  James Parson’s piece explores the lessons from educationalist and psychologist, Dr Bruno Bettelheim, who, “suggests that children need dark fairy stories to deal with their inner turmoil and fears about life and death.”  Parson’s discusses why fairy tales give […]

Summer Parent Child Classes – Join Us

If you’re interested in learning more about Waldorf education or looking for an enriching toddler program this summer, check out Spring Garden’s Parent Child classes. The 2 ½ hour classes are for parents and their children ages 18 months to 4 years old. Class begins at 9am when everyone comes together in a warm classroom […]

Research about Early Elementary Education

Waldorf educators are not alone in their call for developmentally appropriate learning in early elementary education. The month of May adds another study on the pile of research supporting the benefits to delaying overzealous academics in early childhood. This report from New Zealand, covered by The Telegraph, says, “Pupils kept out of formal schooling until […]

Waldorf Summer Care

Need a summer day care solution for your little ones? Keep them here at school in a nurturing, familiar environment. Children aged 4 to 8 will enjoy enriching days together with Miss Kathy. They’ll be in good hands with Kathy Miller, SGWS parent and our Early Childhood Extended Care Lead teacher.  Kathy has worked with […]

Learning to Read in Waldorf Schools

“According to the 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 37% of fourth graders and 26% of eighth graders cannot read at the basic level; and on the 2002 NAEP 26% of twelfth graders cannot read at the basic level. That is, when reading grade appropriate text these students cannot extract the general meaning or […]