Connecting with Nature (not the internet)
The children in a Waldorf School play outside in nature every day. First, they start their day with movement. According to research, exercise increases oxygen to the brain that may enhance the ability to learn. Movement during school day makes students focus on learning. In addition, Waldorf children have the time to explore nature independently using their senses and play with natural materials. Just imagine your child coming home and describing the bees and butterflies they saw and the spiders that made webs in the garden. Waldorf schools let the children be children. It lets them wonder and make mistakes! Everybody knows that we learn from experience! Another benefit of using materials found in nature are their flexibility plus Spending time in natural settings makes children calm and helps develop their creativity. Who could doubt that a stick and some leaves cannot transform into a house or a ship!
Every child is unique!
Childhood is not a race. The children do not develop in the same exact rhythm or way. Waldorf teachers see every child as an individual and work to meet each child’s needs, working according to the children own gifts and challenges with a clear understanding of child development. Nowadays the expectations are high, and the parents often push their children for early academic achievements. Dear parents, the truth is that you need to accept your child as he/she is and stop expecting from your kids to be what they are not. Rudolf Steiner said “Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves.”
What would we do without each other?
Waldorf Schools create a community around them, working outside of instruction hours to connect with the other part of the class which is the parents. If you are already a parent in a Waldorf school, I am sure that you know what I mean. Parents, teachers and children participate in festivals throughout the year working together in order to prepare a celebration. The “working together” atmosphere shows to the children that we are all equal and we need each other to create things. This feeling of sharing and caring gives the children a secure feeling and provides an example how much we can accomplish by choosing to work together. In other words – What would we do without each other?