Waldorf Education for Gifted Children

If you have a young child who is advanced in academics, is an early reader, or seems ready for formal schooling at an early age, you may believe that Waldorf Education isn’t the right choice for you. You may worry that your bright child will be bored in a Waldorf classroom. However, in this article, […]

Combating the Summer Slide… Waldorf Style

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 […]

Why Waldorf Schools Teach Handwriting

by Rocky Lewis Cursive writing: Outdated mode of communication, or the latest victim of standardized testing? Advocates of cutting cursive from the curriculum say it’s time-consuming to teach and no longer useful in a keyboard world. Advocates of keeping cursive in the classroom, like Waldorf Educators, say it is more than a means to a […]

Standardized Tests at Spring Garden Waldorf

Spring Garden Waldorf School is not required to give standardized tests and does not evaluate teachers based on scores; however, SGWS does administer the IOWA Test of Basic Skills once a year to students in Grades Four through Eight. We do not test children before Grade Four. Administrative Team Leader, Tracy Edwards, explains: “As a […]

A Comparison of Waldorf and Public School

When parents are researching private schools, the myriad of options and different educational philosophies can sometimes be overwhelming. Many of our prospective parents are considering transitioning their children from public school into a Waldorf Education. And so, the question becomes, “What exactly is the difference between my child’s current experience and Waldorf?” One might generally […]

Common Core and Your Child

Opponents call it the One-Size-Fits-All education, while supporters say it’s holding children to higher, more in-depth learning standards than current achievement tests. Common Core Standards are rolling out this year and are estimated to cost school systems millions. But what does it mean for families?   Too much, too soon, too stressful Children will be […]

What Happens to Waldorf Graduates?

There is a Survey of Waldorf Graduates Phase 2, by Douglas Gerwin and David Mitchell, Full Study Here, published by The Research Institute for Waldorf Education. We recently read the 2007 study and thought our parents would find these pieces of information particularly interesting.   Profile of a Typical Waldorf Graduate Majors in arts/humanities (47%) […]

For Shame: Behavior Charts in Classrooms

Managing a classroom of young children is a monumental task. Anyone might be tempted to use a chart, a visual, to help the children see the consequences of their behavior, but these tools have become the center of a debate among many parents, educators and psychologists. In Waldorf schools, reverence for the child’s individuality applies […]

Waldorf and Nature-Based Education

There is a new trend in the U.S., especially in Early Childhood, called nature-based education. Although Waldorf is not an exclusive nature-learning environment, nature-based curriculum is a concept with which Waldorf educators are very familiar. Whether it’s hours playing in the meadow, science hikes in early elementary or a robust gardening program, Waldorf schools understand […]

The Link Between Mind and Movement

Did you know that the cerebellum processes both movement and learning? There is a growing body of research in education and neuroscience about the link between learning and movement. Much of what is reported is about the influence of regular exercise on brain functioning and development. But the research goes beyond the importance of recess […]