CNN Feature Segment on Waldorf Education

The Waldorf private school system has piqued the interest of  National Public Radio, the New York Times, and CNN. The New York Times calls Waldorf education, “a teaching philosophy focused on physical activity and learning through creative, hands-on tasks.” CNN says, “It’s true that most people learn by doing. That’s the innovative approach of a Waldorf education.” Come […]

Children and the Importance of Routine

In Waldorf education, especially in a Waldorf Early Childhood classroom, each day is enriched by ritual and routine. While many parents appreciate how this helps children feel secure, structure is also essential for social and academic development. Why is it so key to the development of children both behaviorally and neurologically? A recent study of infants, as […]

Waldorf Education Fosters Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner, American developmental psychologist and professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, developed the theory of multiple intelligences and revolutionized the way educators think about learning. In his book, Frames of Mind, he outlines the types of intelligences, claiming that people process information in several different, independent ways. For […]

Moving Through the Grades – Class 4

Moving on in our series of class by class curriculum, we review the Fourth Grade curriculum section from the Moving through the Grades chapter in the book Waldorf Education: A Family Guide by Fenner and Rivers, © Michaelmas Press. This chapter was written by Karen Rivers, editor and author of Chanticleer, a former quarterly publication for Waldorf […]

Waldorf Educator Speaks on TedX

This latest TedX video circulating around on education is a must see. The talk is by Jack Petrash, founder and director of the Nova Institute, which, according to his TedX bio, “seeks to build a bridge between Waldorf Education and contemporary educators to encourage dialogue and a sense of common purpose.” Petrash is also the author […]

The Pentathlon – Class 5

The mind and the body are not separate; they function as one. Waldorf Educators believe that, for children, learning without movement can be difficult. Waldorf educators also deeply know and study the mind body connection in regards to learning. Nothing represents this Waldorf culmination of physical and intellectual togetherness quite like the Fifth grade Pentathlon. […]

Screen Free Week Starts Monday

As Waldorf parents, you know the value of screen-limited living. Now, help spread the word and encourage the people you know and love to take part in Screen Free Week this upcoming Monday, 4/29 through Sunday 5/5. Screen Free Week is organized by The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood. Here are some great resources […]

My Child Will Learn to Knit?

Knitting and handwork is a subject in Waldorf of equal importance to Music and Spanish and the other special subjects. Wonder why? Learn to knit! It requires counting, fine motor skills, spatial awareness and multilateral thinking. Best of all, unlike a math worksheet, this math lesson, a pattern of weaving and intertwining multiple rows, layers, […]

Playing Music Increases Intelligence

Music is beautiful and enriching to our lives. Children who learn music gain confidence in their ability to master a complex skill. But research also shows music does so much more for our brains. Below, we have posted some music and intelligence research to go with this lovely video of our 7th and 8th grade […]

FaceBook Internet Privacy

Many of our parents are online and share pictures of family and friends and sometimes school information online in social media sites. FaceBook is, by far, the most popular. Did you know that FaceBook often updates its website and when this happens many privacy settings reset to default settings, which make information like pictures and […]