Developing the whole child through movement, art, and nature guided by the Core Principles of Public Waldorf education!
• Waldorf Education: Waldorf education, established in 1919, is one of the fastest growing educational philosophies in the world today. The whole-child approach meets the children’s needs as they grow and develop. Technology is de-emphasized until fifth grade in order to preserve students’ imagination, and build a foundation of learning connected to their natural attraction to the wonders of nature.
• Environmental Education: Students form a relationship with the environment as they learn to care for the earth’s plants and animals. Academic standards are infused into real-life hands-on projects like growing organic food for school lunches, as well as field experiences related to the local environment and natural resources.
• Community: Companies, local colleges, organizations and individuals partner with the school to offer opportunities and experiences that help students develop skills and community values. Students learn to look at the world from a broad, holistic perspective, as innovative, community minded, and well-rounded individuals.
Some highlights of the Charter School’s non-traditional educational model:
- Music, art, and movement are greatly employed in the learning process. Those emphasized are dance/eurhythmy/Yoga, water colors, flute/recorder and in later years violin, songs in the round, knitting and crocheting, wood carving, nature crafts, and gardening.
- Story-telling is used to awaken imagination, retain attention and teach subjects such as math, history, geography, social studies, writing and reading.
- Emphasis is put on nature and environmental stewardship. Children will spend much time outside exploring the world around them gaining a deeper understanding of science and nature studies.
- Children are taught real-life tasks such as housekeeping, cooking, fiber arts and gardening.
- Technology is de-emphasized in the early years at school and at home. Parents of enrolled children will be expected to greatly limit their children’s exposure to computers, TV, and video games.
- Spanish begins for students in first grade.
- Teachers follow their students from first grade until middle school. This allows teachers to develop a stronger relationship with their students, giving them the knowledge to create curriculum based on their students’ needs and strengths.
- Main lessons (which include all traditional subjects) are typically taught in 4 week sessions. Children gain a deep and personal relationship with the material therefore retaining it longer.
- Seasonal studies and festivals are taught and celebrated throughout the year.