Why Waldorf?

“Waldorf education places the development of the individual child in the focal point, convinced that the healthy individual is a
prerequisite for a healthy society.”
~ International Conference on Education of the United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural Organization

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, and so grow to be infused with understanding, resilience, a strong sense of their own capabilities, and a love of learning that will last a lifetime. They also receive an academically rigorous education in English, History, the sciences, Mathematics and more. Waldorf graduates go on to graduate from prestigious universities around the world.

Please check back as we continue to update this page, and feel free to contact us with questions.

Also, for further exploration, this link will take you to a list of FAQs about Waldorf education at WaldorEducation.org, the site of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.


The Importance of Play

Outdoor Time…Rain & Shine

The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues

Rolling Stones & Catching Beetles


6 Math Concepts Explained by Knitting and Crochet


10 Lessons Art Educators Can Learn From The Waldorf Approach

The Importance of Art in Child Development


Back To Basics: Raising Children In The Digital Age

This Is What Screen Time Really Does to Kids’ Brains

Tablets out, imagination in: the schools that shun technology

Silicon Valley Nannies Are Phone Police for Kids

A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley

Where Do Waldorf Graduates Go to College?

Bright Water Waldorf School Alumni

Standing Out Without Standing Alone: Profile of Waldorf School Graduates


Stanford University Reviews Waldorf Education

6 Waldorf-Inspired Principles Every Family Should Adopt

Teaching the Whole Child: Waldorf Schools and Exemplary Teacher Engagement

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn

Waldorf 101

What If High School Were More Like Kindergarten?

I Don’t Want My Son To Read In Kindergarten

Cursive Writing

Movement important part of a Waldorf education 


This video celebrates 100 years of Waldorf education around the world.

“Why Waldorf” is a terrific overview of the Waldorf approach produced by the Marin Waldorf School.

“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!