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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 […]

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 […]

Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues



Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues

The following article was published on 10/03/2016 by the Huffington Post   When my dad was growing up he had one sweater each winter. One. Total. He remembers how vigilantly he cared for his sweater. If the elbows got holes in them my grandma patched them back together. If he lost his sweater he’d recount […]

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 […]

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 […]

Color in the Waldorf School



Color in the Waldorf School

In old Hawai’i, when a rainbow appeared in the sky, the people declared that a divine presence was near and that it was a sign of “heavenly footsteps” coming to light on the earth. Many cultures, including the Judeo-Christian tradition, see the naturally occurring spectrum of colors as a “token of the covenant between God […]

Making a Molehill out of a Mountain-simple play-Steiner Education



Making a Molehill out of a Mountain-simple play-Steiner Education

In the modern era of too much too fast, our great challenge as parents is finding ways to slow down. When my first child was a baby, it seemed so easy to control the flow of stuff. I made bold statements that we would only ever allow character-free, wood, lead-free toys in our home. We […]