We asked Sarah and Richard Shorten why they chose Spring Garden and Waldorf Education for their son, Quinn, after they moved their family from California to Ohio. Their thoughtful answer is below.
This is a complicated time to raise a child. Parents hear about teaching empathy and fostering a passion for life-long learning, but it’s not always clear how to do that. As our son approached preschool age, my husband and I started to think about our own school experiences. I remember being bullied and under-challenged. He remembers being bored and uninspired. You start to have that fear of your child going out into the world and losing their innocence.
I had known about Spring Garden for years, but didn’t really understand Waldorf methodology. When we began to research, we were attracted to the idea of respecting the individuality of each child, of giving them plenty of time to be outside and move their bodies, of teaching the right thing at the right time, of protecting their innocence and sense of wonder at the world.
When I see the students at SGWS, they are confident, caring individuals. The teachers model compassion, and take time to help the children resolve their differences. Our son is excited to go to school every day. When he asks questions about the world, makes up fantastical stories, and holds the door for people in a store, I know we made the right choice.
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