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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 […]

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 […]

Some Victorian Schools axe grades in reports



Some Victorian Schools axe grades in reports

The following article was written by Henrietta Cook for the Age, published on March 6 2016 They have graced report cards for decades, but some schools are ditching A to E grades in favour of more detailed feedback. Schools are scrapping A to E grades on student report cards following an overhaul of the long-established reporting system. […]

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 […]

No Homework – Alternative Education Programs



A very interesting story on homework in the Primary years and whether it is the best use of children’s time. http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/60minutes/stories/2015/october/homework/

The Importance of Fairy Tales – Alternative Education Australia – Steiner Education



On the Importance of Fairy Tales Should we continue to read these often frightening stories to our children? Post published by Sheila Kohler on Jun 06, 2014 in Dreaming for Freud   Fairy tales, of course, have been with us for a long time. Some of the earliest were written in a Neapolitan dialect by […]