The art and science of imagination

Early Childhood Moment

Early Childhood Moment Early childhood to students played (acted out) the story of “Grandfather New Year and His Four Children.” Here are the Seasons’ Four!

Early Childhood Moment

Early Childhood Moment Imagination in Action Free and imaginative play in one of our early childhood classrooms. A whole group of children playing together with a unified focus and goal of creating a bus!

Mighty Oaks Obstacle Course

Mighty Oaks Obstacle Course Aiming, crawling, balance, rolling and motor planning all in one!

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

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