GMWS Blog

On Handwork

Renate Hiller, a Green Meadow alumni parent and co-Director of The Fiber Craft Studio on Hungry Hollow Road, is featured in this wonderful short film on the importance of direct experience, educating our hands, interaction with nature, and natural materials for our children.

This summer, why not do some handwork with your child(ren)?

Profile of a Waldorf Graduate

Take a look at this short overview of characteristics common to Waldorf graduates, from the 2007 Survey of Waldorf Graduates, Phase II, which studied more than 60 years of grads from Canada and the US.

Farm Dance Memories

As the Third Grade returns today from their Farm Trip, we thought you would enjoy this short video of their very successful Farm Dance earlier this month.

Open Saturdays Tutoring Programs Gets RSF Grant

We are thrilled to announce that our Open Saturdays tutoring program has received a small seed fund grant from RSF Social Finance. The program, which ran from mid-January through early May of this year and will continue in 2014-15, serves students in Grades 7-12 in the struggling East Ramapo school district, in which Green Meadow is located.

We are so grateful to the students, teachers, parents, alumni parents, and friends who served as tutors, and we were proud to get to know the dedicated students who came to us each week to strengthen their academic work.

Here are some quotes from the students we served:

"Overall, this was a great experience and I would recommend it to anybody."

"My grades went up and my homework was completed more efficiently."

"I met new people and learned new things here."

"Thanks to the teachers and students who took time out to help me improve."

To volunteer your time next year, contact Diversity Committee Chair and Director of Communications and Marketing Vicki Larson.

Thank you to GMWS parent and Diversity Committee member Fernando Lopez-Diaz for these photos of our program.

 

 

 

 

Screen-Free Week: May 5-11

The amazing Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (whose founder, Dr. Susan Linn, spoke at Green Meadow last week), started Screen-Free Week in 1994, as "TV-Free America".

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.

See you on May 12!

Why Are These Kindergarten Children Harvesting Potatoes?

(Photo from October 2012)

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.  

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