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.
In story time, we have been gifted with a puppet show by Miss Sarah. It is a story of an evergreen tree in the woods that gives shelter and food to animals who come to it in need. Will it remain beautiful enough to be chosen as the Christmas tree by the queen? As I listen to Mi
Scientific Inquiry Among the Preschool Set Still more evidence from the scientific community that the wisdom of Waldorf is right on target. When engaged in what looks like child’s play, preschoolers are actually behaving like scientists, according to a new report in the journal Scie
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
Dear Sunflower Garden Families, Thank you for your kind words, hugs, and positive expressions of what our school year together has meant for your child and family. Your gratitude is such a gift for me as is the love I feel from your children. That is my greatest reward for this work I
(click on image to view larger) Today the Sunflower Garden Early Childhood class celebrated the students who will be going to the First Grade in the fall. Each child holds a puppet that they sewed for the puppet show they performed for their classmates and parents as part of the fest
Dear Families, Next week concludes our time together. Please make sure to double check your child’s bag and belongings going home. If you can send in a paper shopping bag on Monday or Tuesday, that will help us with our packing. There will be laundry needs and ironing projects s
Dear Families, Miss Nicole and I are continuing the marionette puppet show of “Queen Bee” we shared at the May Faire. If you missed it that day, know that your child will have several opportunities to receive this story. I know some were unable to enter once the story was
(click image to view larger) Early Childhood Teacher Donna Brooks and Teacher’s Assistant Nicole Griffith perform the May Faire puppet show in the Sunflower Garden classroom. The beautiful story was featured twice during the event and was enjoyed by both children and parents ali
Thank you to Claudia for finding this week’s link to a NY Times article about homework cramming at Kindergarten. It mentions a study of New York and Los Angeles kindergartens spending 2-3 hours per day on math/reading instruction and testing. How different our Waldorf kindergart
"We can build optimism by validating children’s efforts, even in the face of failure. Look for what went right and point it out to your child. Also, do not focus solely on the outcome, but help your child examine the steps. " ...