No one can predict what information our children will need to know twenty years from now, but we do know that to be successful they will need the ability to think and solve problems. Intellectual flexibility, independent judgment, moral courage, and the ability to work effectively in a group environment will be essential to their success as creative and responsible human beings.
To nurture these characteristics, the Waldorf curriculum carefully balances academic, artistic, and practical activities to stimulate the imagination and prepare the students as thoroughly as possible for the future. Whether they become scientists or lawyers, meteorologists or musicians, the creative and critical capacities developed through a Waldorf education will give students the foundation for success in whatever field they pursue.
How a Waldorf Education Meets the Growing Child
At the heart of the Waldorf approach is the recognition that children pass through distinct stages of development, and that both the subject matter and the way it is taught needs to be age-specific to the growing child. Rather than simply imparting intellectual information, Waldorf education seeks to engage the whole child in the learning process. The arts are integrated into every subject, using movement, music, storytelling, and rhythm to bring the material to life and endow the developing child with a lifelong sense of wonder and joy of learning.
The first Waldorf school was founded in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany, by Rudolf Steiner, the visionary Austrian educator, scientist and philosopher. Waldorf education is a worldwide independent educational movement, with over 1000 schools in 83 countries. Highland Hall is nonsectarian, and works to inspire a true morality through the development of gratitude, reverence, and appreciation for all cultures.
To learn more about Waldorf Education visit: www.whywaldorfworks.org