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Movement Is Our Method! From Eurythmy Teacher Laura Radefeld

Green Meadow Waldorf School does not supplement our curriculum with movement: our curriculum IS movement. Starting with the youngest children in the Early Childhood section, our pedagogical approach recognizes that healthy, self-initiated movement is the best foundation for physical and cognitive development at every age. The Waldorf School’s curriculum and method of teaching recognizes that nimble, imaginative, full-body movement in the youngest child becomes nimble dexterity in thought after puberty, and that the capacities of free and responsible action in young adulthood are developed through an artistic, holistic education based on movement.

Waldorf Schools throughout the world are grounded in a commitment to movement and are being recognized as leaders in cutting-edge learning techniques, though Waldorf Schools have been working this way since their founding in 1919.

Every subject in the Waldorf School develops foundational skills through movement. A subject unique to Waldorf Schools is eurythmy, a movement art that integrates language, music, geometry, and spatial awareness in lively weekly classes from Early Childhood through High School. Artistically, students learn to use their whole body to listen, speak, sing, perceive, and think. In First Grade, students learn eurythmy movement through the rich language of fairy tales, Sixth Graders learn by moving complex geometric forms collaboratively with classmates, and High School students learn to perceive and express the inner nature of poetry, music, and themes from the curriculum through expressive choreography and gesture. Being in touch with the expressive capacities of the body is to be in touch with a way of intuitive understanding. As students’ capacities for higher cognition develop through thinking, eurythmy supports students healthy thinking through highly conscious movement.

Posted by vlarson on Friday April 19, 2013 at 10:14AM
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Check Out Clips from Recent Parent Education Talks!

Every few weeks, we are posting new clips from our Parent Education talks.

Up now: Kim John Payne's talk from last year, Elizabeth Hall introduces the Lower School, and our Early Childhood teachers on child development from birth to seven and First Grade Readiness.

Coming soon: Farmer and author Joel Salatin, Anna Silber on Literacy the Waldorf Way and Renate Kurth on Teaching Science.

Take a look at

Posted by vlarson on Friday March 8, 2013 at 01:48PM
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Are AP Classes Beneficial or Detrimental?

From the Washington Post, February 9, 2013: "For more than a decade now, we have heard that the high-stakes testing obsession in K-12 education that began with the enactment of No Child Left Behind 11 years ago has resulted in high school graduates who don’t think as analytically or as broadly as they should because so much emphasis has been placed on passing standardized tests. [In the article linked to below], an award-winning high school teacher who just retired, Kenneth Bernstein, warns college professors what they are up against. Bernstein, who lives near Washington, D.C. serves as a peer reviewer for educational journals and publishers, and he is nationally known as the blogger “teacherken.” His e-mail address is This appeared in Academe, the journal of the American Association of University Professors."

Read the full article.

Posted by vlarson on Friday February 15, 2013 at 10:03AM
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Distraction-Free Education

From WTOP radio, Washington, DC, 1/7/2013: another article on the benefits of a Waldorf Education.

Posted by vlarson on Tuesday January 15, 2013 at 10:50AM
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As Waldorf teaches students, parents are taught patience

A good article from Boulder County Business Report.

Posted by vlarson on Tuesday January 8, 2013 at 08:12PM
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Let Them Play!

More support for the importance of unstructured play here, from TIME magazine.

Posted by vlarson on Thursday January 3, 2013 at 10:58AM
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Holiday Slideshow 2012

Happy Holidays! Click here.

Posted by vlarson on Thursday December 20, 2012 at 02:54PM
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Parenting: The Movie

We are excited about a new documentary in progress from Ana Joanes, the director of the film Fresh.

Watch a clip from her newest endeavor: it's called Taking Our Places, featuring another favorite around GMWS, Joel Salatin (who spoke here last year and is the author of Folks, This Ain't Normal).

You can also read a post about education, which mentions Waldorf Education, from the Taking Our Places website blog here.

Plus: we'll have a clip up very soon (at of Joel Salatin speaking at GMWS last year. Prepare to be inspired!

Posted by vlarson on Tuesday December 11, 2012 at 08:59AM
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Our Hands Belong to Levity

We encourage you to read this excellent article!

Our Hands Belong to Levity

Ingun Schneider is the director of the Remedial Education Program at Rudolf Steiner College.

Posted by vlarson on Tuesday December 4, 2012 at 01:31PM
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Education Toward Freedom

"Education Toward Freedom" was once a Green Meadow tagline: the idea being that we capacitate children to become anyone they want to become. By giving them skills, experience, knowledge, confidence, and community, we help them freely choose their future.

Part of the way we do that is by giving them freedom throughout their education: to play, explore, fail and try again, persevere, question, ponder. This article from Psychology Today confirms the wisdom of our approach.


Posted by vlarson on Monday November 19, 2012 at 11:43AM
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