If you've ever listened to a Waldorf teacher during main lesson, you'll know that careful speech is an important part of the Waldorf curriculum. Kim Snyder-Vine, a Waldorf-trained speech expert, is spending a week at Pine Hill this fall. She will be spending time with the faculty as part of our professional development, and she is offering an evening event for parents and anyone interested in learning more about speech in the Waldorf schools. This is an event not to be missed!
Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 9 a.m.
Pine Hill's annual Michaelmas Pageant is held outside on the upper field, beneath the balcony. This autumnal festival is an opportunity to experess our gratitude and connection with all of life. Saint Michael calls upon us to support one another in courageous actions for the benefit of our community and the earth. Similarly, as the trees begin to shed their leaves, we, too, can begin to shed those habits that no longer serve us.
How can we prepare our children for a world we can’t envision? Jack Petrash makes the case that the best way to do that is to educate our children to develop three essential capacities: a capacity for vibrant and vigorous activity, a capacity for a sensitive and yet resilient emotional life, and a capacity for clear, focused, original, thinking.
A new study finds that classrooms with fewer wall decorations helps young children focus. Children in a busily decorated classroom were more distracted and more likely to wander off task. Read the full article in the New York Times: Rethinking the Colorful Kindergarten Classroom
Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics reported students behaved better with a 15-minute break.