We are celebrating Screen-Free Week by staying off Facebook, Twitter, and our blog, and interacting with screens only as needed for work. Visit the Screen-Free Week website or read this article for inspiration.
There are so many reasons...but let's start with these:
Because science begins with nature study and observation. They are learning how food is grown and harvested, while developing an intuitive and reverential respect for the earth and its processes and cycles.
Because life-long health (social, emotional, physical, spiritual, cognitive) includes being in the fresh air and sunshine, alongside friends, as we work on a cooperative project together, share opportunities to ask questions and solve problems, and build our will and our muscles.
Because life requires that we get involved. These children are being given an important chance to be engaged, helpful, and focused.
In the Arts Building Music Room, Early Childhood Educators Leslie Burchell-Fox, Andrea Gambardella, and Lisa Miccio discuss Child Development from Birth to Seven. In preparation, take a look at this piece on Kindergarten and preschool education, by Joan Almon, co-founder of the Alliance for Childhood.
In the High School English Room, John Wulsin, longtime High School English and Drama Teacher, speaks on Navigating Adolescence.
Take a look at this new study from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in Germany. A few highlights: "80% of Steiner [Waldorf] students find their learning fun (compared to 67%). 85% find the environment supportive (compared to 60%). The relationship with teachers is judged significantly better at 65% compared to 31%. [Study author Andreas] Schleicher praised the emphasis on personal responsibility and self-motivation, preparing children for the life that awaits them after graduation."
From the Go Green Committee: Our Go Green efforts at the Fall Fair were spectacular! We kept hundreds of plastic water bottles out of the waste stream, and minimized our contribution to landfill, sending most of our waste to a compost pile at the Fellowship Community, where it will be transformed into black gold (compost) and used to enrich our farm fields.