Watch this video through to the end (15 well-spent minutes). At about minute 13.5, Lichtman shares three principles for schools: Teach into the Unknown, Develop Self-Evolving Learners, and Be a Self-Evolving Organization. These three principles align perfectly with Green Meadow's mission, and it's exciting to see alignment between mainstream thinking and the wisdom of Waldorf.
Different language, similar ideas At GMWS, we understand that Waldorf Education prepares students not for the world of today but for the world they will enter when they graduate, the world of tomorrow (Lichtman's "teaching into the unknown").
In our materials, we have used the phrase "lifelong learners" (akin to Lichtman's "self-evolving learners").
And we are committed, through faculty training and regular self-reflection and accreditation processes, to being an evolving organization that changes to meet the needs of the students in our care.
This is a terrific article from The Atlantic. One of our favorite quotes: "Research has shown time and again that children need opportunities to move in class. Memory and movement are linked, and the body is a tool of learning, not a roadblock to or a detour away from it."
"Consider an acorn. Its strong shell prevents it from growing until the time is right. If you break open the shell too early, you don’t stimulate the growth of a new tree. You just have a dead acorn. As with the acorn, the key to healthy child development is to do the right thing at the right time. Neufeld makes a strong case that the wrong attachment style in childhood and adolescence results in the wrong attachment style in early adulthood. Throughout childhood and adolescence, the primary attachment of a child should be to the parent. If a child has a strong primary attachment to a parent from infancy through adolescence, then when the child becomes an adult, that bond will break naturally, as an acorn breaks open naturally at the right time so that a new tree can grow. Such a child, once she becomes an adult, is ready to head out confidently into the world as an independent young adult."
Take a look!Green Meadow’s Early Childhood programs foster the foundations of academic excellence. Our Early Childhood teachers provide the young child with a warm, beautiful, loving, home-like environment, which is protective and secure, where the day unfolds in a predictable, regular way. The children are given a range of activities and the structure they need to prepare for the next phase of school life.
Sheep to Slippers: children make their own beautiful wool slippers
Weeks of July 27 and August 3 (two-week program)
9:00am to 2:00pm
Support your child’s creativity through this two-week summer offering! Children will explore the magical nature of wool, our gift from the sheep, as they design and felt their very own wool slippers. Days will be spent washing and carding wool, collecting flowers and cutting vegetables to create dye baths, and observing the transformation of the fibers into a beautiful rainbow of natural hues. Each child will design and fashion an individual pair of felted wool slippers, and by the end of the two weeks everyone will have their own pair, hand-made to fit their own feet.
In addition, there will be ample time for circle, story, and puppet plays, as well as walks along our many acres of beautiful wooded trails and romps through the sprinkler in the play yard.
Children will enjoy healthy organic snacks made at Green Meadow and bring a picnic lunch from home each day.
This offering is led by Early Childhood Educator Nell Rowland and takes place at the Green Meadow Waldorf School Kindergarten Building. For more information or to register, please email Mrs. Rowland at firstname.lastname@example.org. $750 for two-week program, includes snacks and all materials.