A Different Way of Teaching: The Essence of Waldorf Education
Some of what used to be unique to Waldorf schools is now cutting-edge pedagogy in public and independent schools: block-style learning, teacher looping, multi-disciplinary instruction (and its impact on neurological development), character education, a recognition of the importance of play and movement throughout the day (and throughout life), and teaching that engages different learning styles.
The essence of Waldorf Education is this: it is founded on the understanding that every child goes through three distinct phases of development. The phases include Infancy and Early Childhood (0-7), Middle Childhood (7-14), and Adolescence (14-21). Each of these stages requires a different approach: by facilitating self-initiated exploration and learning through play during Early Childhood; engaging the vivid imaginative nature of the child in the Lower School; and delivering a curriculum that answers a different life question each year in the High School, Waldorf schools strive to meet our students deeply, where they are in their development.
At Green Meadow, students’ capacities for learning are awakened and enriched by a different way of teaching, and an education brought to life through experience: in storytelling, movement, recitation, observation, dramatic acting, music, drawing, and painting. An emphasis on oral expression in all subjects enables our students to develop into confident, self-aware adults, and a focus on hands-on learning and discovery nurtures their lifelong love of learning.
The Waldorf Curriculum Lays the Foundation for Academic Excellence
Our carefully constructed curriculum, developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919 and made new every day by our inspired teachers, includes a comprehensive humanities program based on the great literature and the history and culture of world civilizations. Green Meadow’s excellent math program builds proficiency in arithmetic, computer programming, geometry, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Science offerings in biology, earth sciences, chemistry, and physics contain a strong empirical component, allowing students to learn scientific principles through first-hand experience and observation.