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Sophia Mundi hosts the Yarra/Darebin Wellbeing Network Meeting



Sophia Mundi hosts the Yarra/Darebin Wellbeing Network Meeting

In late March, Sophia Mundi hosted the inaugural Yarra/Darebin Wellbeing Network Meeting initiated to focus youth engagement and capacity building for professionals working with youth who live, work, or play in our municipalities. This networking is facilitated by School Focused Youth Service, Berry Street, and myself (representing Sophia Mundi Steiner School). Representatives at this symposium included: Wellbeing […]

Steiner schools rising in popularity Australia-wide



Steiner schools rising in popularity Australia-wide

The following Article was written by Samantha Turnbull for ABC on October 7 Steiner schools are rising in popularity across Australia with three new schools built in as many years, lengthy waiting lists, and the introduction of a degree in Steiner education at a Queensland university. Australia’s first Steiner, also known as Waldorf, school opened […]

Class 8 Play – Sophia Mundi Steiner School Presents: The Tempest



Class 8 Play – Sophia Mundi Steiner School Presents: The Tempest

Class 8 students by day, Thespians by night!  After weeks of rehearsal, on Thursday evening we were treated to the much anticipated Sophia Mundi Class 8 performance of Shakespeare’s, The Tempest. Families, friends and staff gathered in our newly landscaped school courtyard on what was a perfect Spring evening, the sky overhead full of stars […]

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework



Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

The following article was written by Heather Shumaker for Salon.com Published on March 6 2015. Homework does have an impact on young students — but it’s not a good on. “There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.” This statement, by homework research guru Harris Cooper, of […]

The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues



The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues

The following article was written by Angela Hanscom for The Washington Post, Published on September 1 2015 I still recall the days of preschool for my oldest daughter. I remember wanting to desperately enrich her life in any way possible – to give her an edge before she even got to formal schooling. I put […]

Risk is Essential to Childhood



Risk is Essential to Childhood

The following article was written by Kate Blincoe for The Guardian, published Thursday 15 October 2015. Children need to be exposed to risky play. For ‘helicopter parents’, this might be difficult – but kids need to learn to manage danger themselves Following yesterday’s all-party parliamentary group report on a fit and healthy childhood, diligent parents […]

5 Unique Benefits of Waldorf Education – Alternative School Melbourne



The following article has been taken from rootparenting.org Many parents I know too quickly dismiss Waldorf education for their children before investing any significant amount of time to understand it. The debate between public and private systems is a highly divisive issue.  Often the decision is an economic one, but I’ve found that like anything […]

The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland – Steiner Education



The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland – Steiner Education

The following Article has been taken from The Atlantic, Written by Tim Walker, October 1, 2015. Forget the Common Core, Finland’s youngsters are in charge of determining what happens in the classroom. “The changes to kindergarten make me sick,” a veteran teacher in Arkansas recently admitted to me. “Think about what you did in first […]

American Students: Smartphone Experts Who Struggle in Reading and Math



American Students: Smartphone Experts Who Struggle in Reading and Math

This article was taken from Waldorf Today. Written by Richard Freed American teens’ increasing access to smartphones is driving a meteoric rise in their entertainment tech use. The recently released Common Sense media report shows that teens now spend an incredible 6 hours and 40 minutes each day using video games, online videos, social media, […]

Strength Based Learning in Waldorf Schools



Strength Based Learning in Waldorf Schools

When your child struggles with math, but excels at violin, do you interrupt the extra long violin practice to drill through a math worksheet? The question of whether to focus on gifts or work on deficits is not just a question for parents. It is also a daily concern of teachers. The dominant paradigm in education […]