About Waldorf pedagogy
We are attempting to approach the child as a whole: hands, heart and head. Waldorf pedagogy trains us to take in the whole child, to see him/her as an individual who expresses that individuality through body, language, and activity. As a “child-centered” approach to education, Waldorf guides us to pay attention to each child and to provide rhythmic structure to all that they do. Our classes, in particular, use the feeling of a story or an activity to engage the child. Telling a story repetitively, predictable activities in the day, opening and closing verses and many more elements in this approach secure the child, freeing him/her to soar in imagination, to feel safe in physical endeavors, and to have enough time to play. This play-oriented curriculum allows our children to come to the “headwork” of school when they are eager for it.
A new elementary school for Columbia: City Garden School
Garden Gate Preschool has seeded and is supporting the efforts of City Garden School in order to provide families with more education that is inspired by Waldorf pedagogy. Visit their website at: www.citygardencolumbia.org
Additional resources and reading materials
- In this video Sir Ken Robinson, internationally recognized leader in the development of innovation and human resources, extols the virtues of an arts based education.
- New York Times article on the big business of technology in our schools
- A psychological journal on play [PDF]
- A review and commentary on the re-issued book by Robert Paul Smith: Where Did You Go? Out. What Did You Do? Nothing.
- An article on the historical context of the Waldorf educational movement
The Success of Waldorf
The Survey of Waldorf Graduates, Phase II indicates that
Waldorf Education is achieving the following in its graduates:
• Multiple Intelligences and Cross Disciplinary Learners
• Global Consciousness and Sustainability
• Basis for Moral Navigation
• Creative Problem Solving
• High Levels of Social Intelligence
• Environmental Stewardship
• High Levels of Emotional Intelligence
• Thinkers Who Think Outside the Box
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