Before the sun had risen, I heard a bluebird In the fields gaily sing.
South winds are blowing, Green grass is growing, We have come to herald the merry, merry Spring.
English Folk Song
We will be holding our annual May Faire celebration soon. The first day of spring occurs in March, but our calendar is often at odds with what we see out of our New England windows. May Faire, arriving midway between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, comes at a time when we are firmly rooted in the season of spring.
Traditionally, May Faire heralds lengthening days, fertile soil, and the promise of abundance. It also reminds us that we have persevered through the challenging, contemplative season of winter and moved into the exuberant spring. This exuberance is reflected at the Faire with joyous and colorful May pole dancing, flower garlands, music, games, and food.
Why do Waldorf schools continue to celebrate these ancient festivals? Many foundational principles of the Waldorf philosophy can be found in these celebrations.
Often, these festivals have an aspect of story, song, (and snack!) and in this way mimic the Waldorf classroom rhythm. It is an opportunity to surround the children, and ourselves, with beauty, truth and goodness. These festivals foster in all of us the qualities of wonder, reverence and gratitude.
Everyone in our community works together to make these celebrations happen: children, faculty, parents and friends. We hope that the children learn through our example how to work together to make something beautiful and meaningful. By marking the rhythm of the seasons and celebrating the natural world, it reminds us of our connection with the earth and each other, and places us in the history of humankind.
Meadowbrook Waldorf School is opening its doors wider and launching a summer camp! Come experience the magic of summer at Meadowbrook Waldorf School. Our outdoor summer camp will be held for three weeks in July–the perfect time to be outside and exploring our forest and streams. Children ages 4-8 are welcome to attend this program designed to explore the natural world while having fun together. Hiking, baking, painting, singing, climbing–all the summer essentials!
Children will arrive each morning greeted by teachers in our wooded play yard to settle in for the day. Hiking, cooking, playing, crafting, singing, and joy will fill the morning, working up an appetite for a healthy snack. Children will play with others their own age in thoughtful, creative ways. Lunch and rest will transition everyone into the afternoon hours. Staying cool with continuing creative endeavors will fill the afternoon and the end of the day will sneak up on the children.
Every day will consist of the same rhythm of events, with each event offering new fun. The week’s activities will reflect one of three themes: Magic of the Woods, Fairy Tales and Naturally Building-Homes of all kinds.
This summer camp is for CHILDREN AGES 4-8 and runs FROM JULY 11 – JULY 29 with one week sessions. CAMP HOURS are 9am to 3pm, Monday-Friday. Snack will be provided twice per day, while parents will pack a healthy lunch.
Pricing Information: The cost of summer camp is $225 per week, per child. Checks can be made payable to Meadowbrook Waldorf School. All payments are nonrefundable.
Registration Deadline: Forms and payment must be received by June 1, 2016.
To register for summer camp:
Email completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org and submit payment by mail to: Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Road, West Kingston, RI 02892
Or drop completed forms and payment to the Meadowbrook Waldorf School front desk.
QUESTIONS: Email Jocelyn at email@example.com
We welcome Jocelyn Auld back to Meadowbrook Waldorf School as our Summer Camp Director. Jocelyn holds a BS in Elementary Education & Fine Arts from the University of Rhode Island, and has worked in Early Childhood and with Grades children. She feels a deep connection to the educational practices of Waldorf Education and has worked in summer camps every summer since she was a teen. From counselor to director, Jocelyn has tried it all and loves each new adventure!
Meadowbrook Waldorf School
300 Kingstown Road,
West Kingston, RI 02892