By Hazel Emery, M.Ed.
Our school is supported by the time and talents of many volunteers. The volunteer efforts of our community help to reduce costs, accomplish projects more quickly, and support the festival life of the school. Service hours also help us to demonstrate to foundations and other funders the level of support coming from our parents and friends. Volunteers have supported the maintenance of the building and grounds, the development of the roof project, the hallway lighting project, the Monster Dash, the Children’s Festival, the Mardi Gras Bash, Annual Giving, the Spring Auction, the School Store, and the hot lunch program – just to name a few.
Many parents far exceed the minimum volunteer hours required in the yearly contract. Thank you to the following SGWS families that completed more than 100 volunteers hours last year.
At Waldorf we do outdoor play every day! What does this mean? It means school supply lists are less about the right markers and more about outdoor gear. Sometimes, big box stores don’t have rain pants, boots and rain jackets this time of year.
Many parents go to thrift shops or swap with other Waldorf Families. Others order these items online. If you’re planning this approach, it’s a little more than 2 weeks before school begins, so NOW is the time for online ordering if you’d like to do standard shipping.
Here are some retailers who sell outdoor rain gear all year long:
You’ve joined your library’s reading challenge and bought a workbook for math facts, but here are some Waldorf-inspired ways to help your children get the most out of summer and stay sharp.
- Take a Hike
Not only is hiking fun for the whole family, but according to this University of Michigan study, it boosts cognitive performance.
- Work in a Garden
Did you know? Sage College Scientists found that “ingesting or breathing in a common soil bacterium found in nature reduces anxiety and improves learning.” Don’t have a garden? Work in ours! Find Work Dates HERE.
- Send Them Outside
The National Wildlife Federation has filled a PDF with all the latest research about the benefits of unstructured outdoor play, proving that “nature may indeed be the best kind of nurture…”
- Let Them Get Bored
As this BBC news article states right in the title: Children should be allowed to get bored. Dr. Teresa Belton said, “Cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination.”That means they don’t have to be entertained while you need to work. This article from Parenting Science explores over a decade of studies about the benefits of unstructured play time. The author is careful to note that free play does not mean physical education classes or sports or summer camps. Free play is unstructured play time, which has been proven to help math skills, language development, and creative problem solving.
- Read a Fairy Tale
“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 EinsteinThis fabulous article on ImaginationSoup.net perfectly encapsulates the importance of reading fairy tales to children.
So, put away the flashcards and go enjoy a smart summer!
SGWS alumni, Kelly Brown, will be teaching a cob oven workshop in Akron May 3 and 4. The two day workshop introduces participants to natural building. In two days, they will construct a cob (traditional earthen, wood fired) oven from beginning to end with each participant leaving with the confidence to build their own backyard oven.
Kelly Brown is an artist who combines many different mediums of expression through inspiring photography, videography, design, fiber arts, and fine finishes. Since joining the Dream Weavers Collective, she has honed her skills in natural building with a special interest in design and plasters.
Bring your curiosity, questions, excitement and work clothes! Location will be given at the time of registration.
Register HERE: http://www.dreamweaverscollective.org/contact/
Each year local and national businesses generously donate their services and products to our school community for our silent and live auction. This year, we wanted to share some of the cool experience donations we have received — donations that entitle winning bidders to unique life adventures. Here are just a few of these wonderful contributions:
Kirpalu Center for Yoga and Health – 2 Night Retreat
A complimentary 2-night Retreat and Renewal stay for one person at the Kirpalu Center for Yoga and Health in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit at one of the largest yoga retreat centers in the world.
91.3 The Summit – Life and Lyrics with Bill Hall
The certificate gives the winner an opportunity to record a ½-hour session with our great on-air personality, Bill Hall, which will include the winner’s 5-6 best loved songs interspersed with a (very relaxed) interview. The whole thing is recorded, and once the show airs (on a later date), the winner will receive a commemorative CD of the Life & Lyrics with Bill Hall session.
One Week of Summer Camp
- Kroka Expeditions — Spend a week in of summer in the wilderness. THE KROKA EXPEDITIONS DIFFERENCE: Immersion, Freedom and Responsibility At Kroka Expeditions, kids are given a great deal of freedom. In return for that freedom, they are asked to take on a significant amount of responsibility for themselves and their group.
- YMCA Camp Y-Noah — A tradition of excellence since 1930, Camp Y-Noah programs and the professional staff instill a sense of belonging into thousands of youth and adults each year. The 290-acre wooded facility offers many activity areas, hiking trails, a 22-acre private lake and several types of accommodation, all within a secure, social environment.
Akron Rubber Ducks VIP Passes
Four lucky baseball fans will be VIP at a Rubber Ducks Baseball Game. These Four tickets to a Rubber Ducks baseball game at Canal Park in Downtown Akron include a behind the scenes tour of Canal Park and one ceremonial first pitch.
And So Much More
Plus there are a variety of fabulous tickets to performances from The Akron Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Weathervane Theater, Great Lakes Theater, Blossom and more!
We cannot wait to everyone on Saturday March 22nd!