“The important thing for you is not to transmit information as such but to utilize knowledge to develop human capacities . . . Our task is to find teaching methods that continually engage the whole human being . . . The fundamental flaw so far has been the way people inhabit the world with only the head, and the rest of their being merely tails along behind.” ~ Rudolf Steiner, from Practical Advice to Teachers
Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make. On this page we provide links to articles that may be of interest to you and your family as you search for the educational approach best suited to your child’s needs. Many of these articles do not specifically discuss the Waldorf pedagogy. Rather, they independently confirm the value of core elements of a Waldorf education. These include the tremendous and underrated importance of play and the arts in child development, as well as a de-emphasis on technology.
The Waldorf curriculum is notable for its holistic approach to education. The process of learning the familiar “three Rs”–Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic–is integrated with play, music, art, movement, handwork and more, all in developmentally-appropriate ways. Children are met where they are, with the goal being infusing them with understanding, resilience, a strong sense of their own capabilities, and a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
Please check back as we continue to update this page, and feel free to contact us with questions.
The Importance of Play
“Preparing for Life” is a beautiful video prepared by Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Silicon Valley.
“Developing Self-Esteem Through Handwork” discusses handwork, the developing brain, and self-confidence, and was produced by The Waldorf School of Philadelphia.
And in case you missed the video for Bright Water Waldorf School . . .
An interesting news piece on The Waldorf School of Philadelphia and aspects of Waldorf education in general.
More to come!