Our commitment to the principles of Waldorf education sets the Calgary Waldorf School apart from other independent and public schools. At Calgary Waldorf, students love to learn. They thrive on the rich blend of academics, athletics and movement, plenty of time outdoors, and the arts that only a Waldorf school can offer.
Education of the whole child.
We strive to nurture the healthy, timely development of the whole being of the child: the willing or doing (hands), the feeling (heart), and the thinking (head). We impart an engaging, enlivened and balanced curriculum that challenges our students academically, artistically, and physically. It is not just what the child learns in facts and concepts that measure success, but the care, effort and thoughtfulness embedded in the learning processes and products that bring value and meaning to the child’s experiences.
The uniqueness of each child.
We aim to assist children to make the full use of their innate qualities, their skills, talents, ranges of abilities and unique potential, while empowering them to be proactive in their environment and adaptive to change. We seek to develop identifiable skills while nurturing each child’s capacity for living fully in whatever future unfolds for her or him.
The teacher as mentor, role model, and guardian.
Our teachers strive to teach with moral imagination, make use of their emergent creative skills and talents, and be active researchers and learners in the subject areas they teach. In teaching the same Class of children for longer cycles of time, our teachers have greater opportunities to become aware of and foster each child’s deepest and essential being.
Some articles that emphasize the values of Waldorf education:
More Green Time, Less Screen Time
A new collection of 186 studies show that high levels of time spent in nature are associated with positive mental health, cognitive functioning, and academic achievement benefits for children and adolescence, while high levels of screen time are associated with anxiety, stress, and poor self-regulation.
“One way to set up a child for success: Take some time every day to really see them for who they are, not for who you want them to be.”
From their book The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired, psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel and social worker Tina Payne Bryson discuss strategies for parents to help their children feel seen.
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