The art and science of imagination

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

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

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 televisio

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 discu

On The Web: “Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School”

A new article in Slate Magazine talks about how teaching kids more at younger ages can backfire: http://www.slate.com/id/2288402/pagenum/all/

On The Web: Race To Nowhere gets media attention

If you had the opportunity to join us for last Tuesday’s screening of Race to Nowhere, then you understand what all the fuss is about.  The documentary is getting a lot of attention, and this article from the New York Times is no exception: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/09/educ

On The Web: Tech gets a time-out

Our thanks to Donna Brooks for forwarding this article along: http://www.sanfranmag.com/story/tech-gets-a-time-out As always, please feel free to share comments!

On The Web: Playing to Learn

Thanks to Susan Love for sharing this find with our blog community: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/02/opinion/02engel.html?emc=eta1

On The Web: Research Finds No Advantage In Learning To Read From Age Five

Great article about a study about the ages children learn to read and whether or not late readers showed any disadvantages later on: http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/research-finds-no-advantage-learning-read-age-five/5/33888 Thanks to Donna Brooks for forwarding this along.  Comments on

Article: “The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting”

This recent article has been passed around by a number of parents and teachers at our school.  We’ve decided to share it here, so it can be easily passed along to the rest of our community as well as friends and family: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1940395-1,00