Maine Coast Waldorf SchoolMaine Coast Waldorf School
Thursday, August 27, 2015

In two weeks our new school year will begin.  This summer has been full of exciting changes and new projects.  The most visible of these is our name change from Merriconeag Waldorf School to Maine Coast Waldorf School.   Our marketing committee worked long and hard to include as many voices and opinions as possible and […]

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The Gift of Nature: a Musical MomentThe Gift of Nature: a Musical Moment
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I am blessed to teach music to students at Merriconeag Waldorf School in grades two through twelve. What amazes me the most is that there really isn’t such a thing as a “typical day” for me. The incredible variety in my work, the love I have for the children and the passion for my subject […]

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Agricultural Arts at MerriconeagAgricultural Arts at Merriconeag
Friday, June 5, 2015

Now that spring is finally here in full force, Merriconeag’s new agricultural arts program is getting underway. We are planning and planting, readying ourselves to start full force in the new school year in September.  I have been working with various grades to plan and build the gardens that will become the foundation of this […]

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Fifth Grade Pentathlon Celebration FestivalFifth Grade Pentathlon Celebration Festival
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

This May we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Maine Pentathlon Festival. It is a truly great event and milestone. The organizers would like to thank Paula Runge and Cynthia Taliaferro for planting the seeds, Jaimen McMillan and Thom Schaefer for bringing this impulse into Waldorf Schools and the Spacial Dynamic Institute for their […]

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Elevating the Word: The Power of Poetry in the High SchoolElevating the Word: The Power of Poetry in the High School
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

“Poems build our capacity for imaginative thinking, create a tolerance for ambiguity, and foster an appreciation for the role of the unknown in human life.” Tony Hoagland, Author of Twenty Little Poems that Could Save America Three years ago, then Merriconeag senior Tyler O’Brien earned the title of Maine state champion in the nationwide Poetry Out Loud […]

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Why So Much Time Outside?Why So Much Time Outside?
Friday, April 17, 2015

This week, we would like to share a few links to articles that explore some of the reasons that we feel time in nature is so essential to children’s healthy development.  We make sure all of our classes get plenty of outdoor time- including time in the woods- because we know that even though society […]

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Geography: Earth’s StoriesGeography: Earth’s Stories
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Yesterday, the fifth grade was discussing why a tale like Paul Bunyan came to be. A man taller than a house? A blue ox nearly as tall? There were several musings. “Well, maybe there was a big baby and over time, as the tale was told, people described him as bigger and bigger.” Or, “Everything […]

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Parenting: Balancing Ideals with RealitiesParenting: Balancing Ideals with Realities
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We all have in our minds an idea about what it means to be a good parent.  We think of other parents we know, of our own parents and of moments we have witnessed between parents and their children, and all of these things influence the ideals we set for ourselves.  Ideals are important inspirations […]

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Games We Used to PlayGames We Used to Play
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

At a recent parent evening, I was asked about homework in the younger grades and what parents could be doing at home to help their children. I responded that they should not “drill” their kids with math facts, but should play lots of games together as I assumed they were already doing. I was met […]

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