Waldorf-inspired Education

Waldorf education is a method that recognizes the specific developmental stages of children. Each subject is presented through numerous learning modalities and incorporates art, movement, and whole body health.  It was developed following WWI by Austrian social reformist Rudolf Steiner who envisioned an education that would create a peaceful and just society. His first school was opened in 1919, and the first Waldorf School in the U.S. opened in 1928 in NYC. The impulse behind Waldorf education is cultural renewal. In the past 20 years Waldorf has become the largest educational movement in the world, and Waldorf methods have been adopted by nearly 100 public charter and magnet schools throughout the U.S. A large body of evidence from the last 20 years of neuroscientific inquiry supports some of the most fundamental principles of Waldorf methods. The timing and organization of brain development are prime considerations in establishing the optimal sequence for learning, as is the knowledge that the brain operates optimally when all parts are equally developed, valued, and engaged. The Waldorf methods holistic approach is designed to stimulate optimal brain functioning and follow a developmentally appropriate sequence to educate the child’s whole being integrating thinking, feeling, and doing. The foundation of Waldorf education lies in providing the right experience at the right time.

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