Students in grade 3-5 can bring a friend to school this Monday, October 13th, to experience Waldorf Education first hand. Join us and see the educational philosophy that has caught the attention of the New York Times and CNN.
Children attending bring-a-friend-to-school day, will spend the day with their sponsor friend as a typical Spring Garden Waldorf student. They will shadow their friend in the classroom and experience a regular day, including main lesson and all the day’s subjects.
Students must be registered to attend. Please call 330-666-0574 to register or email Amy Hecky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Hazel Emery M.Ed.
Tuesday will be hot lunch day at Spring Garden and students may fill out the form, sent home by teachers, by the Friday at 8:30am before hot lunch is served. The standard lunch, which includes one drink, will be $3.75 for fall 2014. Extra items may be ordered for an extra cost, as indicated on the hot lunch forms. Forms turned in late will be a assessed a $0.50 late fee, but absent students who have ordered lunch will not be charged.
Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed
The lunch program needs many hands to run smoothly. We especially need help with serving, from 11:30 to 1:00. Please come join us! The rhythm of the lunch program can be a bit hectic at times, so find a good comfort level for yourself and help as often as you can. No cooking experience is required!
Hot Lunch Forms are available HERE: http://sgws.org/sgws-parents/forms/
Wet felting is a common handwork activity in Waldorf schools. In wet felting, combed sheep’s wool (sometimes called “roving”) is soaked in warm, soapy water, then kneaded so the individual wool strands break down and combine into felt. Wet felting offers unlimited potential for creativity, as the felt can be manipulated and shaped in many different ways – for example, students in the middle and upper grades Handwork classes fashion it into book covers, hats, and three-dimensional sculptures.
Recently, our Early Childhood students helped their teacher with the preparation process of wet felting. Miss Kathy brought out a bowl of warm, soapy water scented with lavender oil and the children took turns stomping the wool in the bowl.
The purpose of wet felting with their feet is to give these young students a grounding sensory experience. On this particular day, the children had high energy levels and were having a hard time settling into creative play. But after this experience, which engaged the children’s senses of touch and smell while satisfying their need for movement, they were able to settle calmly into creative play.
The completed wet felting project will be a piece of scenery for a puppet show and story the children will be hearing during story time.
Right around or within middle school, children are taught the basics of geometry. Geometry runs the risk of being a dry, passive and abstract experience. If a teacher spends too much time writing formulas and drawing shapes on the board for observation or memorization, students can lose interest and believe geometry has “little to do” with their lives and experiences.
But this study of forms, their properties, and their relationships to one another, is far from uninspiring. In fact, geometry is at the heart of every human-made construction and is integrally tied to higher math and physics.
Waldorf does not take a passive approach to such vital and applicable mathematics. Sixth graders are at a time in their development when their complex and creative inner world can be merged with their ability to use tools and be precise.
This makes the study of geometry, at this age, ideal since teachers can help combine the practicality of angle, perimeter, area and volume with the beauty of complex, yet precise, forms that can, when applied creatively, marry math with art.
Each student is given the same task — such as the creation of a six sided polygon — but then allowed to apply color to their constructions, which allows their creativity and personality to enter into this precise mathematical uniformity.
In this way, geometry is brought to life and fully experienced by the students, who, when sixth grade is completed, will be ready to take this very concrete knowledge to a more abstract level.
Here are some examples of geometry forms, made by Spring Garden sixth graders.
Turn your child’s artwork into a cherished treasure or unique holiday gifts with the Silver Graphics Artwork Fundraiser, sponsored by Parent Council. Samples of available products will be on display next week on the glass case in the lower-grades hallway.
Artwork needs to be submitted to your Parent Council Representative by Friday, October 3! We know that’s VERY soon, but we need to send it ASAP so the products are returned before Holiday Break begins.
Click here for information about how to submit artwork. Check your mailboxes and watch your email for more information.
Small fundraisers can make a big difference. Spring Garden has three easy ways for you to shop and help the school all at the same time.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know — same products, same prices, same service. But Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to SGWS whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Click here to start shopping now!
Save those Acme receipts. The Acme Community Cashback fundraiser has begun. We receive 5% of the total Community Cashback amount at the bottom of the receipts, which counts purchases of Acme brands including Acme Fresh Market, Food Club, Top Care, Full Circle, ValuTime, Paws, World Classics, Academix, Domestix, and Electrix. We need a minimum of $1,500 in eligible purchases to qualify, so be sure to enlist the help of family and friends in saving receipts!
Each one of these earns Spring Garden 10 cents. Don’t send those dimes to the local landfill! Bring them to the office, and place them in our container on the table near the Service Hours Log.
Every time you search online, we get paid. Just go to http://www.goodsearch.com/, login with Facebook or other account, and then choose Spring Garden as your charity. Use this browser for your search once logged in and we get a check.
Every fall, rain or shine, Spring Garden Waldorf School takes students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 on an overnight camping trip at Camp Y-Noah. Although it’s great fun and inspires camaraderie, there are academic and developmental reasons we take our older students camping.
Children get to go horseback riding, canoeing, and climbing, and they participate in team building games and sports like archery. Camp counselors are professionals in their given outdoor fields and teach students purposefully, exposing our students to adult role models who are worthy of being imitated. This experience of being taught by others who are not teachers by trade is great for older children. And in the broader scope, being out in nature and camping allows us all to connect with the natural order and the world in which we live. Students gain perspective from being outdoors and also learn in new ways about scientific phenomena, sustainable living, and much more.
Students in Grade 4 are undergoing an important developmental shift – they are beginning to see themselves as individuals in the larger world. At around age 9 and 10, children separate more fully from their parents, question all they encounter, and look for “real” experiences so they can test their growing abilities. This is the perfect time to leave home, experience nature, and learn among its challenges. For many students, the Grade 4 trip represents their first time away from home with a group of peers. Outdoor education experiences that occur during the trip help children gain courage, compassion, and cooperation.