The art and science of imagination


  Diwali is a five-day festival of lights, which originated in India. Diwali is a shortening of the word deepavali, which means “row of lamps.” The darkest night of autumn lit with diyas – earthern lamps, candles and lanterns, makes the festival of lights particularl

El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

November 2 is known as Day of the Dead, or El Dia de los Muertos, a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. Although it seems like it might be spooky, because it coincides with Halloween, Day of the Dead is, indeed, spirit-filled, but is celebratory, rather than spooky. On this day, fam

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Preschool Outdoor Activities: Winter Marshmallow Roast!

The snow fell beautifully last week on Monday night, leaving us with fresh, fluffy snow and lots of tracks, tracks, tracks, we found on our weekly hike on Tuesday. Mice, cats, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, dogs (and maybe coyote?) tracks dotted our path. We  celebrated mid-winter and

Sunflower Garden News, 1-23-15

Our weekly hike last week took us to the mountaintop! We played on, slid down, jumped off of, dug into, and built upon a big snow mountain we found on our hike. It was arduous play. I wonder  how well the kids sleep on Tuesday nights after all our time outside full of fresh air and ex

In the Da Vinci Waldorf Classroom: Fall, 2014

Fall 2014 In September we welcomed first graders with the Rose Ceremony. They were sent off with a story of strength and adventure to begin their grade school journey. The community gathered to ring in the season of Michaelmas and embrace the courage needed to bring down our dragons.

A Story in the Sunflower Garden

  In story time, we have been gifted with a puppet show by Miss Sarah. It is a story of an evergreen tree in the woods that gives shelter and food to animals who come to it in need. Will it remain beautiful enough to be chosen as the Christmas tree by the queen? As I listen to Mi

In the Da Vinci Waldorf classroom: End of a great year!

Summer is drawing us outside into its splendor. The last weeks of school have been filled with many adventures and final curriculum blocks. The May Faire was a wonderful celebration of community life and the glory of color, song, and dance. The year culminated with a kindergarten cere

The Best School: A Student’s Perspective

WBEZ radio in Chicago wondered what a “high quality education” means to students themselves. They asked asked students to: Imagine the best school in the world. Describe what it would be like. How does that compare with the school you go to or went to? Da Vinci Waldorf (formerly Water

Children and Cell Phones

Recently, a local paper, the Northwest Herald, published an article entitled “How young is too young to get a cellphone?” in which preschool and day care teachers touted the benefits of cell phones for children as young as 4 or 5. Da Vinci Waldorf School early childhood te