Author Archives: Susan Love

Social Scientists Question Corporate Influences on Our Children

In a recent  challenging New York Times Op-Ed article, Joel Bakan, a Canadian Professor of Law, has identified a serious issue,  corporate uses of the electronic media to influence children’s  buying choices; thus threatening their psychological, social, and even their physical development. Children between the ages of  2 and 7 see an average of  13,904 […]

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Change the Environment and You Change the Brain

‘Brain and environment are one, interdependent, reciprocal dynamic process. Change the environment and you change the brain.’ The human brain created Technology that changed the environment that is now changing the brain. In the mid 1800s Emerson, cautious of the industrial revolution, noted; the weaver becomes the web, writes Michael Mendizza, author and founder of […]

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There’s Wisdom Behind the Waldorf Classroom Clapping Games

Childhood clapping games aren’t just fun, they’re brain building. Research by Dr. Idit Sulkin, of the Ben-Gurion University Music Science Lab, found that young children who naturally play hand-clapping games are better spellers, have neater handwriting, and better overall writing skills. Clapping and singing, clapping and chanting. There’s a reason these activities are found across […]

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Literacy Experts: Test-Driven Education Leads to Verbal Decline

As SAT verbal scores continue to drop, researchers are saying that the drop in literacy is connected to the test-centered curriculum. “In the decades before the Great Verbal Decline, a content-rich elementary school experience evolved into a content-light, skills-based, test-centered approach.” writes literary critic E.D. Hirsch in a New York Times opinion piece. Cognitive psychologists […]

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Welcome Back Water’s Edge Families!

We’d like to wish a warm welcome to all our new and returning students as they begin the school year today!  Here is a photo of first grade students waiting to receive roses from the eighth grade students during this morning’s Rose Ceremony: Let’s all have a safe and happy school year!

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On The Web: Study on the Physical Health Risks of Television on Children

Susan Love has shared with us a message from Janni Nicol of the UK, who forwarded this study from the Early Years News in England: TV Time an Indicator of Future Health Problems In a world first study researchers have found that six-year-olds who spent the most time watching television had narrower arteries in the […]

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May Faire

Title: May Faire Location: Water’s Edge Waldorf School, 150 W. Bonner Road, Wauconda, IL 60084 Description: Bring the whole family to Water’s Edge to celebrate spring! Maypole dancing, pony rides, crafts, puppet show, live music, delicious home-cooked food and more. Start Time: 1:00 p.m. Date: 2011-05-14 End Time: 6:00 p.m.

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On The Web: “There’s a Fire on the Mountain”

As we talk about reforming our educational system, we need to make the arts an educational pillar as foundational as science and math.  Here is a great article by Mickey Hart, drummer for the Grateful Dead and board member of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, that discusses why the arts are so crucial […]

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Prairie Burn

Students were very excited on Tuesday, as the careful burning of the prairie grasses at the back of the schoolyard was performed. The burn extended beyond the end of the school day and many students remained with their parents afterward to watch the fires dwindle away. This practice is known as “prescribed burning” and helps […]

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Preschool-Kindergarten Experience

Time is running out to sign up for the last Preschool-Kindergarten Experience for this school year! This is a great way to introduce friends to the Waldorf Experience. Bring children ages 2 to 5 to experience a Waldorf preschool classroom. Children and parents will start the morning together with bread making. Children will then engage […]

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