Our Martinmas celebration: Children worked hard during the week, making their lanterns for this special night. Grade school children gathered for baked potatoes and cookies, then families joined in to share a reverent time of song and of carrying our lights, literally and figuratively
Diwali is a five-day festival of lights, which originated in India. Diwali is a shortening of the word deepavali, which means “row of lamps.” The darkest night of autumn lit with diyas – earthern lamps, candles and lanterns, makes the festival of lights particularl
The snow fell beautifully last week on Monday night, leaving us with fresh, fluffy snow and lots of tracks, tracks, tracks, we found on our weekly hike on Tuesday. Mice, cats, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, dogs (and maybe coyote?) tracks dotted our path. We celebrated mid-winter and
Fall 2014 In September we welcomed first graders with the Rose Ceremony. They were sent off with a story of strength and adventure to begin their grade school journey. The community gathered to ring in the season of Michaelmas and embrace the courage needed to bring down our dragons.
Early Childhood The circle time in early childhood is a winter movement adventure where we go on a journey “O’er mountain high and bridges low…ever onward we must go!” The children walk across a balance beam “bridge” over an icy river below. We move
Dear Parents, This time of year brings an opportunity for deepening in learning. Routine and rhythm have been established in the classrooms creating a calm and order that can allow class work to flourish. A new level of interest is active both in students and teachers. We can see thi
In some Native American cultures, a rite-of-passage event, called a Vision Quest, was used for an adolescent to seek purpose and meaning in his life. An individual was sent out alone, in nature, with only the bare essentials to survive. His time was spent in prayer and meditati
Dear Parents, If you were to look through the window of your child’s classroom, you would see students learning many subjects in a variety of ways. We’re inviting you to share in the experience through the photographs and words below. Together the teachers and students are
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
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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