The Winter Garden The Winter Garden
Sunday, December 4, 2016

  Deep mid-winter is drawing near There is darkness in our garden here— One small flame yet bravely burns To show the path which ever turns. Earth, please bear us as we go, Seeking Light to send a-glow Branches green and moss and fern, Mark our path to trace each turn. All the animals, teach […]

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The Young Child’s Urgent Need for Quiet The Young Child’s Urgent Need for Quiet
Monday, October 10, 2016

The young child is an open sense organ. Everything in the environment penetrates into her very being and affects the developing nervous system. Light, sound, activity and environmental toxins all bombard the young child of today.   With the eyes, the child has a means of shutting out this bombardment. She can close her eyelids […]

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Thinking, Feeling and Willing in Waldorf Education Thinking, Feeling and Willing in Waldorf Education
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Waldorf education is an educational journey that works with and builds upon the stages of child development.  What a child needs at age 6 is entirely different from what a child needs at age 10 or 15.  Along with this comes the acknowledgement that every individual has something inherent to offer.  Often, when hearing of […]

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Cross Stitch in the Fourth Grade Cross Stitch in the Fourth Grade
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The school year is drawing to a close and our fourth graders are busy finishing up their handwork projects in time to take them home on the last day of school.  Our handwork curriculum is an unique part of our approach to education.  We value handwork because we know that students who have nimble hands, also […]

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Celebrating Spring with the Young Child Celebrating Spring with the Young Child
Friday, May 20, 2016

Spring is a time for great celebration especially at Maine Coast Waldorf school after the long, cold Maine winters.  We dance and sing around the May Pole with crowns of flowers on our heads as an official welcome to spring, but the real celebration with the youngest children is in the daily discoveries.   My […]

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Words of Waldorks! Words of Waldorks!
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

For her senior project this year, Phoebe Dolan has been compiling thoughts and reflections from Waldorf high school seniors around the world.  She has worked to make connections with Waldorf students in far flung places, adding depth and breadth to the project.  Each person’s answers to Phoebe’s questions helps to paint a picture of what a […]

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In Their Own Words—Creative Writing in the High School In Their Own Words—Creative Writing in the High School
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

One of our most important tasks as high school teachers is to teach our students how to write. In many schools, however, that writing is limited to analytical essays and research papers. Learning such skills is undeniably crucial for young people intent on higher education, but focusing solely on expository writing at this level is […]

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Literacy, Writing and Life in the Second Grade Literacy, Writing and Life in the Second Grade
Friday, April 15, 2016

Second grade is a year of polarities. Second graders are naughty and nice, compassionate and unkind, focused and distracted- all sometimes in the span of one short interaction. With this understanding of their developmental stage in mind, language arts is brought to second graders in Waldorf schools through two main literary themes: stories of saints […]

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History and Economics in the Waldorf High School History and Economics in the Waldorf High School
Monday, April 4, 2016

There are many approaches to the study of history. The lens through which one observes the past will determine the lessons one can draw from that past. For example, a Marxist approach would focus on the relationship and struggle between the economic classes. One can look primarily at cultural history or trends in the history […]

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