Teaching 21st Century Skills

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.

Why Young Kids Learn Through Movement

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."

This Sunday, March 13: Film Screening

Sunday's forecast is rain, so why not join us for a film screening? 2pm, Arts Building Music Room, free & open to the public.  Discussion after the screening with Wally Glickman, filmmaker and Professor of Physics at LIU Brooklyn. 


This Wednesday, March 9: Walk Through the Grades

Take a look into our classrooms, and deepen your understanding of what makes us unique! Please register with Melissa McDonagh, 845.356.2514 x302.


This Saturday, March 5: A Morning in the Nursery/Kindergarten

Join us from 9:30-11am with your child(ren) and experience a typical morning in the Early Childhood program. Please register with Barbara Mann, 845.356.2514 x326.

Tomorrow Night! Dr. Sharon Maxwell on Talking with Young People about Sex and Sexuality

Tomorrow night, don't miss our final Community Education event of the year.

Dr. Sharon Maxwell is the author of The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear from You about Sex and a well-known speaker throughout the US.

Free and open to the public, the event will run from 7:30-9pm in the Arts Building Music Room.

Meadowlark Toys and Subridge Books will also be here, selling Dr. Maxwell's book & other books designed to help parents navigate this topic. 


The Parent-Child Bond


This excerpt from The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-ups by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD, looks at the importance of unconditional, loving parental authority in children's lives. Waldorf Education has always supported the primacy of family life, and worked to nurture the bond between parents and children. 

One quote we love: 

"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."

Parent & Child toddler class begins January 8

Special opportunity!

Parent & Child toddler class (for ages 2-3, Fridays beginning January 8) opening now to younger children. Please contact Early Childhood Admissions Coordinator Barbara Mann for details: 845.356.2514 x326. More details here.

New Slideshow about the Kindergarten

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.

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