The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship of the United Kingdom commissioned this short film about Steiner schools also known as Waldorf schools. It looks at some of the key features of Waldorf education including:
the Waldorf approach to spiritual development
the role of artistic and practical work
the importance of quiet contemplation in the school day
nurturing joy in learning as a way of life
the qualities and prospects of the Waldorf graduate
Waldorf education is the fastest growing, secular school movement in the world today. Meadowbrook has grown exponentially since its incorporation in 1979 and we look forward to welcoming many more new families as word of this wonderful education continues to spread.
I originally wrote this piece for Of Dragons and Angels. The children have pseudonyms because this is not their story; it is my story of being a parent. This the sixth year of my journey as a Meadowbrook parent and I am continually delighted by, and grateful for my fellow travelers. A heartfelt ‘Thank You ‘to all who share this path. Beth Riungu.
On opening day of 3rd grade with her teacher.
On a golden, play-filled, end of summer day my daughter turned nine. Packing the picnic things ready for home I became aware of her running at the edge of the park. A game of hide and seek I think, her lengthening shadow flitting between the trees. The still green leaves seem to hold their breath, reminded by early evening’s crimson tones that a change of season is at hand. I feel it too.
Parents at Waldorf schools hear much about the Nine Year Change; a distinct developmental phase characterized by the child’s more realistic or critical outlook as he begins to move away from the dreamy world of early childhood. Class teachers prepare us to recognize the child’s growing consciousness of his individuality; of being part of the family and the world yet separate from both. We are given notice of the unsettling new realities both we and our child will experience with this realization of Self and the ambivalent yearning for independence it may provoke.