Waldorf education is an international movement based on the philosophy and methods of Rudolf Steiner. The first Waldorf School was established in Germany in 1919. When Steiner was asked to create a school, he saw an opportunity to design a system of education that would nurture all dimensions of the human being – physical, emotional, intellectual, moral and spiritual — a system that could be a model for education in a new, more peaceful epoch of human history. Waldorf education is rapidly expanding both internationally and here in the US. There are now over 800 Waldorf Schools world wide, 200 of which are in North America.
Waldorf education holds the realization that an evolving free human spirit is the greatest goal of knowledge. The pedagogy is designed to teach to the whole child “head, heart and hands,” engaging the full human being and preparing children for the challenges and opportunities they will encounter in school and throughout life.
The Micha-el School covers a full spectrum of traditional academic subjects and integrates artistic activities into the academics that allow students to engage in learning at the emotional level. Painting, music, and story are integral parts of academic lessons so that art become a conduit of knowledge, not an optional add-on. Kinesthetic learning is also interwoven through movement and crafts. The Micha-el School cultivates a love of and respect for nature and the rhythms of the seasons through seasonal celebrations and daily time outdoors.
For more information on Waldorf pedagogy we recommend the AWSNA site www.whywaldorfworks.com