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Coffee & Conversation

»Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

BGardenThis month’s Coffee and Conversation is “Beauty, Reverence, and Truth: The Higher Purpose of Gardening through the Grades.” Teacher, Edward Grimes, will lead the conversation on Wednesday, October 28 – 9:00 a.m.

We are increasingly in a two-dimensional worldview. Gardening through the grades reveals the simple truth that everything on earth is in relationship and that separation is an illusion. The subject of gardening provides for the student an understanding beyond a “me vs. it/them” worldview. It seeks to cultivate a deeper understanding of the relationships and relatedness in the physical world, the feeling world, and the human heart. As Goethe tells us, “we must love nature. It is in our capacity to love (nature) that she will reveal her secrets.” All the earth and all within it is nature.     

Join us as SGWS teacher Edward Grimes discusses the role of gardening in the Waldorf curriculum.

This event is free and open to the public.  Click here to register.


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Painting through the Grades Workshop

»Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

unnamed (2)On October 22, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., join Cate Hunko, M.Ed., as she shares why painting is an important support piece to the overall curriculum in Waldorf Education. This workshop will focus specifically on Grades One through Three. 

Cate Hunko, M.Ed., Ms. Hunko has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and print-making and a master’s degree in Waldorf Education. Cate has taken two classes through the cycle of Grades 1 through 8 at Spring Garden Waldorf School.

In this workshop, Ms. Hunko will discuss the evolution of painting in the lower grades, beginning with color study, intensity, quality and use of materials; then moving into depicting imagery in Grade 3. Each participant will have an opportunity to experience wet-on-wet water color painting with Ms. Hunko along with a discussion about child development and painting as it relates to Waldorf education.

The cost is $15 per person and space is limited, and the registration deadline is October 18. Click here to register. We hope you can join us!


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Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts

»Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Research, School News | 0 comments

Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts: Year I & II – 2016-2017

cfa-v10-170A new two-year, part-time program of Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts will take place January 2016 – April 2017. Register at

This program of studies is an invitation to learn more about Waldorf education and participate in research in all fields of human knowledge – please join us for this special course which is offered as a starting point for future work as parents, Waldorf teachers, alumni and others.

The course sessions will offer an opportunity to study, discuss, and participate together in transformative artistic activities.  It will also focus on Anthroposophy — the philosophy out of which cultural activities such as Waldorf education arose — which  links the spiritual in every human being with the spiritual in the universe.  

The full Certificate Program consists of 128 hours. The faculty will be a mixture of experienced anthroposophists and artists from our local area and from the wider Waldorf community.

Click HERE to Learn More. 


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Fall Tours at Spring Garden Waldorf School

»Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

Class 2atWorkAll are welcome to the Spring Garden Waldorf Open House and Walk Through Days this October and November.

  • October 14th at 9 am – In-Session Class Tour
  • November 8th at 1 pm – Open House
  • November 11th at 9 am – In-Session Class Tour

Spring Garden is part of the long­standing Waldorf tradition, drawing attention for what the New York Times calls, “a teaching philosophy focused on physical activity and learning through creative, hands­ on tasks. Waldorf educators strive to implement the right thing at the right time and follow a multi­disciplinary approach to teaching, which is supported by modern­ day scientific research about successful learning.”

PreschoolImage2Nothing shows the power of this type of education like seeing it in action. Our In Session Class Tours, also known as Walk Through the Grades, provide parents a unique opportunity to see how our teachers employ this innovative approach to education, which gives children the opportunity to learn through a wide variety of experiences, increasing depth of understanding as well as intersecting with individual learning styles.

Our Open House allows for interaction with our faculty, staff and current parents to answer questions both about our school and Waldorf’s approach to education.


CLICK HERE to Register or Learn More or contact Amy Hecky at 




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Coffee & Conversation: Public Welcome

»Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

CCThroughout the school year, Spring Garden offers an education series, Coffee and Conversation, on the last Wednesday of each month. Topics relating to Waldorf education will be presented by experienced faculty, with time for Q & A at the end of each presentation. Session times will vary between morning and evening to accommodate our community’s needs. We hope you can join us for one or all!

Our upcoming presentation is Science in Waldorf Education, September 30th at 7 pm. Michael Gannon, M.Ed. will discuss Waldorf Education’s careful, reverent approach to the study of science. Join Mr. Gannon as he shares how Waldorf education, through the years, trains the senses through careful observation and artistic experiences to allow for the development complex problem-solving skills and intuition as the children discover the possibilities of science.

In the meantime, enjoy this Coffee and Conversation presentation, also by Michael Gannon, about the whys behind Waldorf’s approach to at-home and in-school media use in elementary students.

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Michaelmas in The Waldorf Tradition

»Posted by on Sep 13, 2015 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

Raffaello_Sanzio_-_St_Michael_and_the_Dragon_-_WGA18633In Waldorf education, we celebrate Michaelmas — a traditional Christian celebration of the Archangel St. Michael — observed in the Northern Hemisphere since Roman times on September 29th and typically honored by a feast. Michaelmas is also held around the equinox and has been associated with the beginning of fall and the darker, colder days to come when all of mankind will need strength to survive.

St. Michael is a symbolic leader of the force of good over evil, courage over cowardice, and of watchfulness of languor.   The celebration of Michaelmas teaches the importance of overcoming fear and strengthening resolve.

Spring Garden, and many other Waldorf schools, celebrate Michaelmas by performing a play in the saint’s honor. Our performance’s is a story of King George and how with St. Michael’s help he is able to save the town from an evil dragon. We also fly kites with dragons on them to symbolize taming the dragon and overcoming fear during this “festival of courage.”

The exact story of the play we perform for Michaelmas is not told the same way in biblical or legendary tradition, but it is a variation on a theme of Michael being a warrior saint. The Archangel St. Michael does fight a dragon, in heaven and not on earth, in Revelation 12: 7-9:


“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels”

There is an earthly legend, however, of a dragon fighting saint, but it is the story of St. George. St. George was a Roman Soldier tortured and beheaded for his faith in 304 and declared a Saint in 494.  He has had many fanciful stories told about him, but the most popular tells of St. George saving a village by slaying a dragon that makes ongoing demands for sheep and maidens.

But it is not the literal story that represents the importance of the day, but the idea behind the story of good triumphing over evil and light triumphing over darkness. Humankind has many battles over darkness to attend too, many dragons to slay, and this is an essential lesson for our students.

Each student must face their own difficulties in life, both internal and external, and Michaelmas both educates and empowers the children to find the courage to take on and defeat their personal dragons. And so, we celebrate Michaelmas in the Waldorf tradition to remind ourselves of the strength we need in the coming season and in our personal lives to defeat darkness and let hope prevail.


534444_10151054967267539_412040424_nStudent Roles:

  • First Grade: Gnomes

  • Second Grade: Meteors

  • Third Grade: Peasants and Farmers.

  • Fourth Grade: Knights

  • Fifth Grade:  Chorus, Voices for Meteors

  • Sixth Grade:   Chorus

  • Seventh Grade:   Chorus, Voices for Gnomes, Ringing of the Irons

  • Eighth Grade: The Dragon


Parents, families, and friends are welcome to join us for kite flying! Weather permitting, the play will be performed on the outside stage; otherwise it will be performed in the gym.


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