The art and science of imagination

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Why Take a Class Trip?

  The 5th/6th Grade class at Da Vinci Waldorf School just returned from its class trip to Starved Rock State Park.  The class trip in the Waldorf school has several purposes.  First, it is an opportunity for the students to understand themselves in an environment that is not thei
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Service is Part of Learning at Da Vinci Waldorf School

This year, Da Vinci Waldorf School sixth- through eighth-graders were involved in numerous service projects. They volunteered with Citizens for Conservation, based in Barrington; Walk on Farm in Barrington, which provides equine assisted therapy; and at Captain James A. Lovell Federal
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Determining a Child’s Readiness for First Grade

When is a Child Ready to Start Grade School? By Kristine Fiskum, on behalf of the DVWS faculty To answer this question we must look at a child’s natural, chronological development. Much like a pregnancy, each and every child goes through stages, and at certain points new processes occ
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What makes a “high-quality” preschool?

High Quality Preschools Should Be Grounded in Play It’s a question asked by parents of three year olds about this time every year. They’ve been told that it’s time for their child to begin preschool. Maybe they have even been counting the days.  There’s a notio
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Has Public Education Been Left Behind?

Sir Ken Robinson discusses how it is our educational paradigm itself that has been left behind, taking our children and our future with it.  More of the same will only create more of the same–rising ADHD and dropout rates, and children who are woefully unprepared for the future.
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The Art and Science of Imagination

As part of our re-branding last year, the Da Vinci Waldorf School wrote a new tag line: “The art and science of imagination.” One of the fundamentals of Waldorf education is developing a child’s imagination. From the pictures the preschool child creates in her mind when she hears a fa
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Scientific Inquiry Among the Preschool Set

Scientific Inquiry Among the Preschool Set  Still more evidence from the scientific community  that the wisdom of Waldorf is right on target. When engaged in what looks like child’s play, preschoolers are actually behaving like scientists, according to a new report in the journal Scie
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Not Only is it OK to Play, it’s a Necessity of Childhood

From Waldorf Today: Children’s play is threatened, say experts who advise that kids – from toddlers to tweens – should be relearning how to play. Roughhousing and fantasy feed development. Scientists disagree about what sort of play is most important, government is loath to regulate t
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Silicon Valley Waldorf School in National News Again

NBC News visited the Waldorf School of the Peninsula recently, to film a segment  The Waldorf Way: Silicon Valley school eschews technology. The California Waldorf school has been getting plenty of press since the publication of an article in the New York Times last month. The press h
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