Seventh Grade China Projects & the Waldorf Approach to Studying History: A Conversation with Seventh-Grade Teacher Mia Fioravanti

Posted by: Chris Nelson   -   Posted in: history, Middle School, News, Pedagogy/Educational Methods and Philosophies- Jun 06, 2018 Comments Off on Seventh Grade China Projects & the Waldorf Approach to Studying History: A Conversation with Seventh-Grade Teacher Mia Fioravanti

The Study of History in Waldorf Middle School We recently sat down with Bright Water Waldorf School seventh-grade teacher Mia Fioravanti to talk about the class’ China projects, which lined the wall opposite the seventh-grade classroom. The large poster-board presentations covered an array of topics: China’s climate, history, art and more, as you can see […]

Eurythmy Program: See What I Say, Feel What You Learn

Posted by: Chris Nelson   -   Posted in: Child Development, Community Spotlights, Early Grades, Extracurriculars, Middle School, News, Pedagogy/Educational Methods and Philosophies- Feb 25, 2017 Comments Off on Eurythmy Program: See What I Say, Feel What You Learn

by Bright Water Eurthmy Teacher Melissa McCall Eurythmy plays an essential role in Waldorf education, and here at Bright Water, the Eurythmy program has grown steadily along with our school. There are Eurythmy classes for the kindergartens and all the grades, the opportunity for our community to attend professional performances, the fifth grade “Eurythmy jam,” […]

Martin Luther King Jr Assembly

Posted by: Chris Nelson   -   Posted in: Community Spotlights, Diversity, Early Grades, News, Pedagogy/Educational Methods and Philosophies, School Culture- Jan 18, 2017 Comments Off on Martin Luther King Jr Assembly

  “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.” “Everybody can be great . . . because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You […]

Educating the Whole Child: The Head, the Heart, and the Hands

Posted by: David Bergler   -   Posted in: Pedagogy/Educational Methods and Philosophies- Apr 20, 2015 Comments Off on Educating the Whole Child: The Head, the Heart, and the Hands

By Flora McEachern, Early Childhood Educator and Pedagogical Assistant The sun streams through the windows. The smell of lavender and beeswax mingle to create a warm, welcoming environment. Walls are painted with colors that are lively yet soft. Everything is prepared with intention and there is not a single wall, chalkboard, bookshelf, or counter that […]

Main Lesson Learning: Grade Seven & Physiology

Posted by: David Bergler   -   Posted in: Pedagogy/Educational Methods and Philosophies- Mar 13, 2015 Comments Off on Main Lesson Learning: Grade Seven & Physiology

This intermittent blog series is intended to experience and reflect on the daily learning occurring inside of our classrooms. Merriam-Webster defines physiology as “a branch of biology that deals with the functions and activities of life or of living matter (as organs, tissues, or cells) and of the physical and chemical phenomena involved.” Ms. Kerr’s […]

Main Lesson Learning: Grade Six & Medieval Europe

Posted by: David Bergler   -   Posted in: Pedagogy/Educational Methods and Philosophies- Feb 11, 2015 Comments Off on Main Lesson Learning: Grade Six & Medieval Europe

This intermittent blog series is intended to experience and reflect on the daily learning occurring inside of our classrooms. Ms. D’Souza and the sixth grade class are currently moving through a block about Medieval Europe. On the particular day that I visited them, they began with their morning verse as a familiar anchor point. After […]

How to Put on Your Hat, and Other Things Executives Need to Know

Posted by: Laura Crandall   -   Posted in: Child Development, News, Pedagogy/Educational Methods and Philosophies- Jan 21, 2014 Comments Off on How to Put on Your Hat, and Other Things Executives Need to Know

Andi Galliher sat on the tiny bench, each of her hands placed gently around those of her preschool student.  The boy had his hat on his head, not quite yet pulled down, and held the strings of the hat loosely in his hands.  “And now you pull your hat on,” Andi said as she gently pulled […]

There is a ‘ME’ in Team

Posted by: Laura Crandall   -   Posted in: Pedagogy/Educational Methods and Philosophies, School Culture- Oct 09, 2013 2 Comments

This year, our middle school students are taking part in the Seattle Kids Marathon.  Many students in other grades are participating in a personal marathon challenge to log 26.2 miles by November 29th through walking, running, or playing.  By participating in this event, students are raising funds for their school, and are thus taking an […]

Fairy Tales: The Pedagogical Stories That Keep On Giving

Posted by: Laura Crandall   -   Posted in: Pedagogy/Educational Methods and Philosophies, School Culture- Sep 24, 2013 Comments Off on Fairy Tales: The Pedagogical Stories That Keep On Giving

Growing up, possibly only a lucky few of us escaped the Disney version of Snow White.  I know it was a favorite of mine, though I did find the evil queen scary.  To my six-year-old self, Snow White was a story of a pretty girl, a mean lady,  a gaggle of happy gentlemen, and some amazing […]

When Reading Isn’t as Easy as A-B-C

Posted by: Laura Crandall   -   Posted in: Pedagogy/Educational Methods and Philosophies, Professional Development- Feb 27, 2013 Comments Off on When Reading Isn’t as Easy as A-B-C

How does Bright Water School teach reading? What is Bright Water School’s approach with students with learning disabilities? These are just two of the questions that came up in our recent parent survey regarding adult education topics. I often answer questions that have a universal appeal on the blog. I find this is a better […]