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 […]

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 […]