The art and science of imagination

Holiday Faire

Saturday December 3rd, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You’re invited to an afternoon of shopping and merriment, just in time for the holidays! There will be a large variety of hand-crafted, fine artisan creations and gently used books for sale. While you shop, the little ones will

Harvard Newsletter Considers Waldorf as Solution to Public School Reform

By Claudia Lenart When I first wrote about Waldorf in public schools for Conscious Choice, some 12 years ago, examples were few and far between. There was Urban Waldorf in Milwaukee and a handful of charter schools in California and Arizona. The number of Waldorf-inspired public schoo

AAP Says Screen Time Has No Benefits for Kids Under 2

The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) is once again urging parents that children under 2 should not be watching TV or spending time with screen media, while acknowledging that most parents ignore this advice. This is the first time the AAP has updated its policy on screen time

Silicon Valley CEOs Send Children to Computer-Free Waldorf Schools

The New York Times published an article that looks at why many Silicon Valley tech wizards send their children to Waldorf schools, where children do not use computers. Technology experts say they believe technology has it’s time and place. Here is a clip from the article: LOS AL

Social Scientists Question Corporate Influences on Our Children

In a recent  challenging New York Times Op-Ed article, Joel Bakan, a Canadian Professor of Law, has identified a serious issue,  corporate uses of the electronic media to influence children’s  buying choices; thus threatening their psychological, social, and even their physical develo

Change the Environment and You Change the Brain

‘Brain and environment are one, interdependent, reciprocal dynamic process. Change the environment and you change the brain.’ The human brain created Technology that changed the environment that is now changing the brain. In the mid 1800s Emerson, cautious of the industrial revo

There’s Wisdom Behind the Waldorf Classroom Clapping Games

Childhood clapping games aren’t just fun, they’re brain building. Research by Dr. Idit Sulkin, of the Ben-Gurion University Music Science Lab, found that young children who naturally play hand-clapping games are better spellers, have neater handwriting, and better overall writing skil

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

Leo Klein To Visit Water’s Edge

Leo Klein, renowned Dutch artist and Waldorf educator will visit Water’s Edge the week of March 7-11.   As he did when he visited last year, Mr. Klein will mentor our teachers and offer his unique and rich experience with Waldorf education, art,  and Anthroposophy to our parent

“Race To Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture” Documentary

Title: “Race To Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture” DocumentaryLocation: Countryside Unitarian Church, 1025 North Smith Street, Palatine, ILLink out: Click hereDescription: Brilliant Parenting Discussion Group & Water’s Edge School Pre