Waldorf Education Featured on The Simpsons Season Finale

The Simpsons gave a comic shout out to Waldorf Education during their Season 26 finale for 2015 — “Mathlete’s Feat”, which aired May 17, 2015. The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) was pleased with the level of in-depth knowledge The Simpsons writers clearly possessed about pedagogy and stereotypes associated with Waldorf Education, which made this fun caricature both lighthearted and flattering. So how did Waldorf Education end up in an episode of The Simpsons? After Springfield Elementary School is bested in a mathlete competition, a well intentioned group donates servers, laptops and smart boards to the school so that students can better compete. Shortly after this tech revolution, there’s a massive server crash and teaching is at a standstill. This is when Lisa comes up with an idea that will save the school — “Learning while Doing.” Springfield Elementary becomes a Waldorf School! From there the students learn by doing — in Simpson-esque, tongue-in-cheek fashion, of course. By the end of the episode, their new Waldorf Education helps them win a mathlete rematch.   AWSNA was honored to have been featured in such a positive light in The Simpsons Season Finale and several Waldorf schools are responding with tributes to The Simpsons. A collective of handmade hats is being created to send to The Simpsons writers. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is having students create beeswax figures of The Simpsons characters to share online and with The Simpsons execs....

2015 Screen-Free Week Activities May 4 – 8

Waldorf School at Moraine Farm invites you to participate in Screen Free Week with us. We’re offering a variety of activities that are FREE and open to the public that encourage us all to disconnect from our screens, reconnect with nature, get outside and have some fun! For more information, or to register for any of these events, please contact Erin Milner at 978-927-1936.     Our Week of FREE Activities Includes –  Monday, May 4th: Fairy House Building, 1:00 – 3:00 pm & Family Pot Luck Dinner, 5:30-7:30 pm Tuesday, May 5th: Kids’ Yoga with Kara Harris at 4 pm Wednesday, May 6th: Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting, 4:30-6:00 pm Thursday, May 7th: Nature Journaling, 10:00 am-12 pm Friday, May 8th: Invertebrate Scooping, 3:00-5:00 pm (Grade 2 and up, limit...

The Pop-Up Enchanted Caravan is Back!

There were audible “oohs” and “aahs” during a sneak peek into The Enchanted Caravan, the school’s store.  If you missed your chance to shop during the Holiday Fair, our “pop up” store is located across from the Handwork Office, just off the main hall. The store has a number of calendars, hand-made items, arts & crafts materials, books, and more.  Please stop by soon! December hours:   Monday– Friday, 8:30 – 9:45 am Saturday, Dec. 13, 9am – 1pm Friday, Dec. 19, before and after the assembly (until 1pm) Store closed over school break; January hours tba We hope to add some afternoon hours, too – please check the door for the latest.  Our thanks to Heather Collis Puro for keeping the idea of the store alive and for helping it open again.  And to Christine Garcia Akers, store manager, for her creative design and enthusiasm for this project! – Kristen...

The Spirit of Community, The Holiday Fair

In just a few days, our school will be transformed for the Annual Holiday Fair. The Holiday Fair Committee has been working tirelessly, and, as always, parents and friends have volunteered so much of their time to this amazing event. From planning meetings, to handwork gatherings, organizing donations, cooking, baking and decorating, it has been a busy season. But a true sense of community spirit carries everyone along. Just a few more days until The Wee Folk Shoppe — the heart of the Holiday Fair — is open, and the Pocket Lady roams the halls. The little ones are ready to gather up the dolls, finger puppets and beeswax candles that have been so carefully made by hand. There are few things more fun to watch than the Pocket Lady surrounded by her enthusiastic followers! “This is a very special time at this school. It is truly inspiring to see everyone give so much of themselves to make the Holiday Fair so magical for our children, our families, and our friends. And it’s wonderful to open our doors to our neighbors and invite them to join in the fun as well.”  — Heather Collis...