Preschool Day at Spring Garden

»Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

Curious about Waldorf preschool for your 3-4 year old child? Want to come and try a sample morning with your child? Here’s the chance!

August 4th from 9 a.m.-11:00 a.m., join us to experience the rhythmic, warm, sensory-rich experience of a Waldorf Early Childhood class.

On this day, you can join your child and walk through the rhythmic, warm, sensory filled experience of a Waldorf early childhood classroom  The morning will include circle time, bread baking and story time lead by our Nursery Preschool teacher, Miss Kathy.

This unique experience is free, but registration is required due to limited space.

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As a special offer, parents who choose to apply for preschool following this experience will be discounted the application fee ($70).  Please contact admissions@sgws.org if you have questions.

Waldorf and Age Appropriate Curriculum

»Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Curriculum | 0 comments

There are many examples of how Waldorf education introduces learning material in an age-appropriate manner. Most parents are concerned about how and at what age academics are introduced, but “age-appropriateness in learning also encompasses considerations of when young minds are ready for formal music training, when children are socially able to grasp and relate to world history, or when Socratic inquiry in science can resonate within a curious adolescent.

Rich Edwards, father of two Spring Garden Waldorf alumni, says the age-appropriate curriculum was one of the most important factors in the decision to give his daughters a Waldorf education.

 

The question of age-appropriateness applies to foreign language, physical education training, even recess time. Here are some examples of age appropriate curriculum at SGWS:

  • No standardized testing for young students (SGWS begins standardized testing in Grade Four)
  • No homework for young students (homework typically begins, in small amounts, in Grade Three)
  • Lots of outdoor and active time, in both learning and free play, for all students
  • Teaching of reading and math concepts begins in Grade One (not Pre-K)
  • Foreign language begins when children are young (Grade One)
  • Music begins in Pre-K; Music training (pentatonic flute and choral) in Grade One
  • Cooperative games begin in Grade One / Competitive sports begin in Grade Five
  • Nature studies for science in Grade One / Science lab work in Grade Seven

See these resources for more information on age-appropriate curriculum:

Age Appropriate Questions Surrounding The Common Core

The Waldorf Transition to First Grade

Age Appropriate Music Education in Waldorf

Moving Through the Grades Curriculum Articles:

Class 4

Class 5

Class 6

Class 7

Class 8

Public School Teacher Chooses SGWS

»Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Curriculum, Early Childhood, Research | 0 comments

Many of our prospective parents wrestle with the decision of whether to send their children to a public school or to Spring Garden Waldorf School. There are many differences between public education and Waldorf education, though a general summary might be that Waldorf education places a high value on art, critical thinking, and creativity, and does not begin academic instruction before the age of seven. Public school, on the other hand, puts a high value on standardized and measurable academics, with a focus on math and reading starting at age five.

Watch this video to learn why one public school teacher chose to send her son to Spring Garden Waldorf School. Or for read this article more information about the differences between Waldorf and Public school.

Waldorf Education for Gifted Children

»Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Curriculum, Research | 0 comments

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, Dr. Richard House, a senior lecturer at Roehampton University’s Research Centre for Therapeutic Education, recommends delaying formal schooling for bright children. He says, “…gifted pupils from relatively affluent backgrounds suffered the most from being pushed ‘too far, too fast.’” He quoted a major U.S. study, carried out over eight decades, that demonstrated how “children’s ‘run-away intellect’ actually benefited from being slowed down in the early years, allowing them to develop naturally.”

The absence of worksheets and standardized testing in the early grades does not mean that Spring Garden does not introduce these young pupils to advanced concepts. Students in Grades One and Two are actively taught mathematical concepts along with reading and writing, nature and science, music, art and foreign language — all in a multi-sensory and engaged manner.

Joanna Caley, mother of a Spring Garden student, talks about the benefits her gifted daughter experienced when given a more balanced Waldorf education at Spring Garden.

Click to learn more about Waldorf Education:

Research about Early Elementary Education

Early Elementary Education at Spring Garden Waldorf School

Learning to Read in Waldorf Schools

 

It’s Not Too Late for 2014 Enrollment

»Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Come Experience the Waldorf Difference at our August Open Houses. Watch parent, Angica Weaver, a public school teacher, share why she chose Waldorf Education.

 

Summer Open House Tour and Q&A:

  • August 12th at 9 a.m.
  • August 14th at 7 p.m.

Register via form Below

Preschool Sampler Day:

  • August 4th at 9 a.m.

Register via form Below

 

Fill out my online form.

Monster Dash Benefiting SGWS

»Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

MDashLogoRun with the monsters, or from them, in this spirited 5K run!  Sunday, October 26 2014 Beginning at 9:15 am Lock 3 Park Downtown Akron.

Register Today and Save

  • Now through September 9 – Only $20
  • September 10 – October 23 – $25
  • October 25/26 – $30
  • The first 175 participants to register for Monster Dash will receive a event shirt!
  • Kids Fun Run is Free  – pre-registration is appreciated
  • Trick or Trot is Free — pre-registration is appreciated

 

About the Race
Participants are encouraged to dress in costume for this timed event. Monsters may be lurking in the bushes and behind bridges – so beware! The event also includes two kids events: the Kids’ Fun Run and Trick-Or-Trot, at trick-or-treating event. Both of these events take place in Lock 3 Park.

 

Schedule of Events

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  • Packet Pick-Ups and day-of registration: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Location: Lock 3 Park

Sunday, October 26

  • Packet Pick-Ups and day-of registration: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
    Location: Lock 3 Park
  • Trick-Or-Trot: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Location: Lock 3 Park
  • 5K Race: 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
    Location: Towpath Trail
  • Kids’ Fun Run: 10 a.m.
    Location: Lock 3 Park
  • Awards ceremony: 10 a.m.
    Location: Lock 3 Park

Parent Conversations at SGWS

»Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

coffeeComing up in the 2014/15 school year, Spring Garden is excited to offer Parent Education and Conversation mornings.

We are offering a school wide book club, where we choose, read and discuss Waldorf-inspired parenting and education books. Book Study will take place in the mornings on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Copies of the book will be available for borrowing.

We will also continue our ongoing Coffee and Conversation series on the last Wednesday morning of each month.This event typically features a guest speaker and is followed by questions and discussion. A few of the coffee and conversations will be offered in the evening and topic suggestions are welcome to be sent to admissions@sgws.org.

Mark Your Calendars:

Book Study -

  • Date: September 4th & 18th
  • Time: 8:45
  • Place: School Store
  • Book:  Henning Koehler – Raising Anxious, nervous and Depressed Children
    A Spiritual Perspective to Guide Parents

Mr. Koehler courageously presents parents and teachers with a practical path of schooling the thinking, heart, and will in selfless devotion to the individual destiny of each child.

Coffee & Conversation -

  • Date: September 28
  • Time: 8:45
  • Place: School Store
  • Topic: TBD

Hope to see you there!