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
This year, Da Vinci Waldorf School sixth- through eighth-graders were involved in numerous service projects. They volunteered with Citizens for Conservation, based in Barrington; Walk on Farm in Barrington, which provides equine assisted therapy; and at Captain James A. Lovell Federal
Sir Ken Robinson discusses how it is our educational paradigm itself that has been left behind, taking our children and our future with it. More of the same will only create more of the same–rising ADHD and dropout rates, and children who are woefully unprepared for the future.
As part of our re-branding last year, the Da Vinci Waldorf School wrote a new tag line: “The art and science of imagination.” One of the fundamentals of Waldorf education is developing a child’s imagination. From the pictures the preschool child creates in her mind when she hears a fa
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
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
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
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