The art and science of imagination

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 Classroom 10-28-13

Dear Parents, Below is a peek into last week’s  goings-on in the school. There are so many things to say, but here are just a few to share. It is a joy to greet and teach your children each day! From the DVWS Faculty 1st Grade Block: Qualities of Number. Students are discovering the t

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

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

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

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

Sunflower Garden News * Summer Vacation 2009

Dear Sunflower Garden Families, Thank you for your kind words, hugs, and positive expressions of what our school year together has meant for your child and family. Your gratitude is such a gift for me as is the love I feel from your children. That is my greatest reward for this work I

Sunflower Garden News * Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dear Families, Thank you all for your support this school year. Our kindergarten children have crossed the bridge and are excited about their adventures into first grade for next year. The children staying in our garden are also very full of love and joy right not. I’ve been hug

In The Classroom: A Note From 1st Grade

In what has seemed like a snapshot in time, the first grade year has come to an end. We are finalizing our play, ” The Nixie in the Mill Pond.” The children are so excited about their upcoming performance! We have reflected on the full year, and to hear all the enjoyable m

Picture of The Week: Sunflower Garden Graduates

(click on image to view larger) Today the Sunflower Garden Early Childhood class celebrated the students who will be going to the First Grade in the fall.  Each child holds a puppet that they sewed for the puppet show they performed for their classmates and parents as part of the fest