Prairie Burn

Students were very excited on Tuesday, as the careful burning of the prairie grasses at the back of the schoolyard was performed. The burn extended beyond the end of the school day and many students remained with their parents afterward to watch the fires dwindle away. This practice is known as “prescribed burning” and helps our prairie grasses thrive. More information on prescribed burning can be found at at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources here.

Prairie Burn, April 2011

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Preschool-Kindergarten Experience

Time is running out to sign up for the last Preschool-Kindergarten Experience for this school year! This is a great way to introduce friends to the Waldorf Experience.

Bring children ages 2 to 5 to experience a Waldorf preschool classroom. Children and parents will start the morning together with bread making. Children will then engage in free play, story time and circle as parents tour the school, learn more about Waldorf education and talk with other parents. Refreshments will be served.

When: Friday, April 1 , 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Water’s Edge Waldorf School, 150 W. Bonner Rd., Wauconda, IL 60084
Please register: (847)526-1372

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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:

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Magical Musical Evening Approaches!!!

Have you heard about this year’s exciting Fundraiser Event? A Magical Musical Evening is on our calendar for Saturday, March 26th!  Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

This year we are excited to present you with this exclusive opportunity to view the private home and amazing mechanical antique collection of Jasper and Marian Sanfilippo and to share a professional concert on the largest theater pipe organ in existence anywhere.

3:30 pm (V.I.P.s and Sponsors only)


4:00 pm


5:30 pm


8:00 pm

DINNER PARTY at Chessie’s 111 Grille, 200 Applebee Street Barrington IL

Featuring Dinner, Raffle Prizes, and Cocktails in the train car.

For more information and to register, click here: The Magical Musical Evening

Don’t miss out on the funcall (847) 526-1372 TODAY to reserve your tickets for this magical evening of Music and Fun!

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Talking About Waldorf Education

Parents!  Don’t forget that Wednesday, February 8th and 9th we have an opportunity for enrolled families to join us and learn more about what is unique about Waldorf education and how to better explain it to others.  Wednesday we begin at 8:45 am and Thursday begins at 9:00 am, just after the weekly Bountiful Bagel Breakfast!

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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 community.

Leo Klein began painting professionally after more than 40 years of teaching at Waldorf schools in the Netherlands. He is a self-taught artist with work displayed in private collections in many countries, as well as 150 pieces on loan in Europe, circulating through Dutch Waldorf schools. Klein also has experience working sculpturally with wood, wax and clay, and graphically with oil crayons. “Art connects our thinking and our deeds,” according to Klein. “It is an important part of our education, providing food for our feelings–it gives me pleasure to share my work with students and teachers of Waldorf schools.” For the past 17 years, Mr. Klein has visited schools and training centers in Canada, The United States and the Czech Republic where he works with teachers and parents to deepen their understanding of children and appropriate education.  Klein, now in his 80’s, lives in Rotterdam with his wife, Ada, who also works with sculpture and painting  and is a retired Waldorf teacher. Klein diligently creates new masterpieces during the summer months to showcase throughout the Netherlands and North America during the remainder of the year. “It is the task of art to change the world,” commented Klein. “With every artwork, we create something in the world that does not get lost.”

Some examples of Leo Klein’s paintings can be seen at





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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:

Don’t forget, next Wednesday, December 15th, is the follow-up discussion with the Brilliant Parenting group at Water’s Edge School.  Come join us for further discussion on ways to take charge of your child’s education, get involved, and work with teachers to ensure your child is getting the most out of their classes without inviting potentially dangerous levels of stress.

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

Title: “Race To Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture” Documentary
Location: Countryside Unitarian Church, 1025 North Smith Street, Palatine, IL
Link out: Click here
Description: Brilliant Parenting Discussion Group & Water’s Edge School Presents: “Race To Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture” Documentary

Film Synopsis: A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children’s lives. Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Race to Nowhere is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. For more information about the film, visit

Cost: $10 in advance or $15 at the door
When: Tuesday, December 7, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Countryside Unitarian Church, 1025 North Smith Street, Palatine, IL
Please register: Tickets may be purchased online at
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2010-12-07

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Kids Haven’t Changed–Kindergarten Has

This study by the well-respected Gesell Institute confirms that introducing academics at younger and younger ages does not speed up learning. The developmental phases of learning have their own rhythms, as we know! This study offers strong support for play-based, child development-based kindergarten.

Read the article in the Harvard Education Letter here

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Discovering Waldorf – ‘Waldorf from a Neuroscientific Perspective’

Discovering Waldorf – ‘Waldorf from a Neuroscientific Perspective’

Why Waldorf works has more to do with how the brain develops and functions optimally than Rudolf Steiner ever could have known. Sure, the educator and founder of Waldorf Education theorized convincingly about how children learn best, but until MRIs and other sophisticated measures of the brain were developed, we had no way to prove or disprove any of Steiner’s theories, not with the kind of precision and accuracy we can now. An overwhelming body of evidence from the last 20 years of neuroscientific inquiry supports Steiner’s theories, including some of the most fundamental foci of Waldorf Education.  Read more about it here:

Dr. Regalena “Reggie” Melrose is a licensed clinical and credentialed school psychologist with nearly 20 years experience working with children and adolescents in schools, clinical settings, and private practice. She is the author of several books including, “You Can Heal Your Child: A Guide for Parents of Misdiagnosed, Stressed, Traumatized, and Otherwise Misunderstood Children,” and the groundbreaking, “Why Students Underachieve: What Educators and Parents Can Do about It.” Dr. Melrose is an international speaker on the effects of stress and trauma on the brain, learning, and behavior and maintains a private practice healing the effects of stress and trauma in children, adolescents, and adults, in Long Beach, CA.

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