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Screen-Free Week is April 28-May 4, 2013.

Take the pledge and get involved in Screen-Free Week events here.

Green Meadow as a Resource for Screen-Free Week

At Green Meadow Waldorf School, our Early Childhood and Lower School students are screen-free all the time. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum introduces computer programming and Internet research in middle school, with increased screen time and special opportunities like Robotics Club in high school.

Current educational philosophies often support the belief that the sooner something is taught, the better.  However, studies show that children retain information and build skills better when information and challenges are presented at the correct developmental stage, and Waldorf education offers a developmentally appropriate, integrated curriculum that introduces electronic technology later than some other schools.  

Our media policy, which many parents see as a gift rather than a restriction, protects children from early exposure (and over-exposure) to television, films, video games, and the myriad of other screens in use in most of our daily lives: cell phones, tablets, and computers. This practice is essential to Waldorf Education and is now understood by researchers as essential to the child's developing brain. You can read more here.

Green Meadow is proud to offer our students a screen-free childhood that allows them to interact directly with the world. Last year, we hosted a Screen-Free Week Kickoff event that was open to the public and offered local parents tips on offering their children a week without screens. This year, we are polling parents in the school about their media usage in order to develop an accurate, honest picture of the degree to which families are implementing our media policy, so that we can celebrate our successes and support our community in areas we all find challenging.

Interviews available:

Vicki Larson, Director of Communications and Marketing, 845.356.2514 x311 or vlarson@gmws.org

Andrea Gambardella, Early Childhood Educator and Media Resource Group liaison, 845.356.2514 x 134 or agambardella@gmws.org

 

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