“Receive the children in reverence; educate them in love; let them go forth in freedom.”
– Rudolf Steiner
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Waldorf Education?
Waldorf Education is a holistic teaching approach founded by Rudolf Steiner. It emphasizes the overall development of the child—intellectual, artistic, social, and physical—based on developmental stages.
Why is there a strong emphasis on art in the curriculum?
Art is seen as a crucial tool for self-expression and understanding the world. Waldorf education believes that integrating arts into the curriculum enhances learning, fosters creativity, and aids in the development of the whole child.
Is Waldorf similar to Montessori?
Waldorf and Montessori education share a focus on child-centered learning but differ in their teaching methods. Waldorf integrates arts and creativity, while Montessori emphasizes self-directed learning with structured materials. For more information, please read on here.
At what age do children begin reading in Waldorf schools?
In Waldorf schools, formal reading instruction generally starts around age 7, in first grade. This approach is based on the belief that children should be developmentally ready for the reading process, and that preparation for reading is supported by activities such as movement and imaginary play.
How do Waldorf schools view technology and screen time?
Waldorf schools typically emphasize hands-on, sensory experiences over screen time, especially in the early years. Electronic media is introduced thoughtfully and at older ages, based on the belief that direct experiences foster deeper understanding and connections. Technology is incorporated in class for middle school and high school students as a tool for learning.
What’s the structure of a typical Waldorf school day?
A Waldorf school day often begins with a “Main Lesson”, an extended block where a specific subject or theme is explored in depth for several weeks. The day also includes subject-specific classes, artistic activities, and movement.
Why do teachers “loop” with their students in Waldorf schools?
“Looping” allows teachers to deepen their understanding of each student’s learning style, strengths, and needs. This continuity can foster a strong teacher-student relationship and provide a consistent learning environment.
What is eurythmy and why is it taught?
Eurythmy is a movement art unique to Waldorf schools. It links movement with speech sounds and music. It supports children’s spatial awareness, coordination, concentration, and an understanding of language and music’s underlying essence.
How do Waldorf schools approach assessment and grading?
Waldorf schools typically prioritize descriptive feedback over traditional grades in the younger years. Narrative reports and teacher observations provide insight into a child’s development. Letter and numerical grades are gradually introduced. High school students graduate with traditional transcripts with letter grades beginning in 9th grade.
Are Waldorf schools religious?
Waldorf schools are non-sectarian and non-denominational. They educate all children, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds. Waldorf schools are not part of any church. They espouse no particular religious doctrine but are based on a belief that there is a spiritual dimension to the human being and to all of life. Waldorf families come from a broad spectrum of religious traditions and interests. (AWSNA)
Does KWS offer special education?
KWS does not offer special education services and has limited support beyond what is offered to all students within the instructional model. The program requirements include students having a level of self-regulation and independence as well as academic skills that are close to, on, or exceeding grade level.
“Every school day, we hug our child good-bye at the door and share one final wave when he hits the top of the stairs. He slips out of sight, and we know beyond doubt that his ( and our) KWS community will meet him right where he’s at on that given day, and that feels magical.”Kimberton Waldorf School Parent