First Grade at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm

We’re not exactly Finland, but we do agree that first graders need a balanced day (see link, below). First grade at Waldorf School at Moraine Farms starts with half days for the first six weeks. Full days start after Columbus Day, but afternoons are filled with painting, gym, nature walks, and even free play. If this sounds what you’d like your child’s first grade to be like, please call Erin Milner, Admissions Director, at 978-927-1936. Link: First Grade in Finland: Every Day is a Half-Day – Taught by...

Let the Kids Learn Through Play (Op Ed by David Kohn, New York Times, May 16, 2015)

We keep reading articles that emphasize the importance of play in early childhood education.  This one stands out for being well supported and succinct.  Waldorf schools emphasize play in the early years and do not formally introduce reading until 1st grade. From the article – “Reading, in particular, can’t be rushed. It has been around for only about 6,000 years, so the ability to transform marks on paper into complex meaning is not pre-wired into the brain. It doesn’t develop “naturally,” as do other complex skills such as walking; it can be fostered, but not forced. Too often that’s what schools are trying to do now. This is not to suggest that we shouldn’t increase access to preschool, and improve early education for disadvantaged children. But the early education that kids get — whatever their socioeconomic background — should truly help their development. We must hope that those who make education policy will start paying attention to this science.” http://nyti.ms/1EOrycG...

Waldorf Community Association – Upcoming Events

From the WCA, Our School Parent Association The Waldorf Community Association (WCA) is looking forward to a full 2015.  Please take advantage of these offerings and please consider getting involved to help move the WCA into 2016 and beyond. Winter Festival Feb. 28  Yes, our first ever Winter Festival! A hot fire, warm soup, perhaps some cross-country skiing and/or a winter walk, and more. We’ll make snowmen if King Winter obliges. Please plan to join us for weekend fun here at school. Talk: Parent-Teacher Relationships at a Waldorf School Torin Finser is the chair of Waldorf teacher education program at Antioch University New England and is author of several books, including School as a Journey: The Eight-Year Odyssey of a Waldorf Teacher and His Class, and his most recent book, A Second Classroom: Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School, which was written with the help of our very own first grade teacher, Ana Reiselman. Please join us in March (date to be determined) for a presentation and discussion with Mr. Finser. Foundation Studies: Delving into Waldorf Education This is an invitation to participate in an extended inquiry into the ideas and practices of Waldorf Education. In this twice-monthly class, we will look at curriculum, try our hands at painting, music, movement, and other arts, and read some of the texts central to the Waldorf philosophy. September 2015 through June 2016 (with year II to follow). Please contact Colleen Ryan or James Kennedy today and look for more information in future Newsletters. Contact: cryan@waldorfmoraine.org and newsletter@waldorfmoraine.org. Lazure Workshop: Ensouling Your World With Color The WCA is working with artist Charles...

Winter Wonderland

Two feet of snow fell on Tuesday and Wednesday, giving the children not one, but two snow days! Here is how the campus looked on Wednesday night, all ready for a day of school on Thursday....

Frederick Law Olmsted

What does Moraine Farm have in common with Stanford University and New York City’s Central Park?  All are landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. PBS is launching a new series on Olmsted tonight — here’s a trailer: Visit Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America Website...

Saturday Doll-Making Workshop in March and April

Spots Still Available in Saturday Doll-Making Workshop Saturdays March 15 through April 5, May 10 and 17. Time: 9:30 am until 12:30 pm Fee: $100 for all materials and fees. Choice of skin color and hair colors available. Class size is limited and basic sewing skills required. Email heather@collispuro.net and return a $50...