Teach Children to Seek Significance Over Success

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people …

In Praise of Kindergarten

“The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art – it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.” – Rudolf …

First Grade Readiness

At the Eugene Waldorf School, like all Waldorf schools around the world, we understand that first grade readiness encompasses so much more than a birth date. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia recently wrote an article identifying both the specifics and …

The Unexpected Effects of Knitting

PBS has offered comprehensive entertaining video insight into the many benefits of knitting. Knitting is a regular part of Waldorf school curricula. All students learn in first grade and continue with knitting projects at least through fifth grade. The video …

Want happier, calmer kids? Simplify their world.

“Too much” is overwhelming and stressful, whether it’s too much stuff, too much information, too many activities, too many choices, or too much speed – always hurrying from one task to the next, never a moment to relax or play. …

A Case for Deferring Electronic Media in the Classroom

“We need students who can innovate and learn ANY skill quickly. We need students that can connect parts to whole thinking, properly deduce and problem solve, understand mathematical and algebraic concepts. And there are a plethora of superior, proven, offline …

No Excuses Needed

“Students in kindergarten through fourth grade, for the most part, go home without any homework assignments. And that helps them retain what they’ve heard, Waldorf educators say. “They’ve absorbed so much after a full day of learning, and we need …

“One Human Family” by the Dalai Lama

Recently the Dalai Lama shared this article with the media, Why I’m Hopeful About the World’s Future. He says, “There are solutions to many of the problems we face, new mechanisms for dialogue need to be created, along with systems …