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Join us @ Our Next Open House 2/8/14!

DSC_0210Madison Waldorf School Open House
Saturday, February 8, 10 AM – 12 PM
6510 Schroeder Road, Madison, WI, 53711

Madison Waldorf School invites you to discover the difference of a Waldorf education Saturday, February 8 at our open house. We will be offering tours of the school, and faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions about our early childhood and grades programs.

The Waldorf educational philosophy is committed to nurturing the whole human. Our curriculum integrates arts and movement with an intellectually rigorous academic education to foster artistic expression, critical thinking, problem solving, athletic judgment, and sound intellectual reasoning. Waldorf graduates are creative and ethically aware young people intellectually prepared for the most demanding colleges, and eager to engage with the world around them. Waldorf pedagogy nurtures healthy emotional development by conveying knowledge experientially as well as academically.

Come and find out how Waldorf education inspires a lifelong love of learning!


Eurythmy for Adults Tomorrow!

eurythmyOur next Eurythmy for Adults workshop is tomorrow!

Professionally trained eurythmist Lynn Stull is leading several eurythmy workshops in for interested adults at the Madison Waldorf School, focusing specifically on the underlying question, “How do I open my heart to receiving strength from the spiritual world in today’s busy and stressful culture, both in personal and group endeavors?” The next workshop is Saturday, January 25, at 9 AM, and we hope you will join us.

Eurythmy shoes will be provided, as will other materials. No experience necessary, beginners welcome.

Cost: $15 per workshop, drop-ins welcome, however space is limited – please register in advance to reserve a spot by calling our office at (608) 270-9005.

Click here for more information on eurythmy, and the full schedule of 2013-14 Eurythmy for Adults Workshops at Madison Waldorf School.


January Waldorf Wed Tomorrow

kidsplayingSaving Our Children: A Mindful Approach to One Planet Thriving
Wednesday, January 22 at 7 PM
Join us tomorrow evening when psychologist Dr. Donal MacCoon will discuss how to maximize sustainable well-being and ensure mental and physical health amidst the unpredictable changes of a complex world. MacCoon describes some of psychological principles involved in this approach to well-being, and draws on solutions ranging from a scientific and cultural project called “Open Source Life Design,” to solutions being modeled by pioneering communities throughout the world to promote a greater understanding  of life design with the goal of thriving on one planet’s worth of resources.
See you tomorrow!


Open House Saturday, January 18th

Grades6Madison Waldorf School Open House
Saturday, January 18, 10 AM – 12 PM
6510 Schroeder Road, Madison, WI, 53711

Madison Waldorf School invites you to discover the difference of a Waldorf education this Saturday at our open house. We will be offering tours of the school, and faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions about our early childhood and grades programs.

The Waldorf educational philosophy is committed to nurturing the whole human. Our curriculum integrates arts and movement with an intellectually rigorous academic education to foster artistic expression, critical thinking, problem solving, athletic judgment, and sound intellectual reasoning. Waldorf graduates are creative and ethically aware young people intellectually prepared for the most demanding colleges, and eager to engage with the world around them. Waldorf pedagogy nurtures healthy emotional development by conveying knowledge experientially as well as academically.

Come and find out how Waldorf education inspires a lifelong love of learning!


Open House Saturday, November 16

Grades6Madison Waldorf School Open House
Saturday, November 16th, 10 AM – 12 PM
6510 Schroeder Road, Madison, WI, 53711

Madison Waldorf School invites you to discover the difference of a Waldorf education this Saturday at our open house. We will be offering tours of the school, and faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions about our early childhood and grades programs.

The Waldorf educational philosophy is committed to nurturing the whole human. Our curriculum integrates arts and movement with an intellectually rigorous academic education to foster artistic expression, critical thinking, problem solving, athletic judgment, and sound intellectual reasoning. Waldorf graduates are creative and ethically aware young people intellectually prepared for the most demanding colleges, and eager to engage with the world around them. Waldorf pedagogy nurtures healthy emotional development by conveying knowledge experientially as well as academically.

Come and find out how Waldorf education inspires a lifelong love of learning!


Documentary Screening @ Tomorrow’s Waldorf Wednesday!

Grades6Considering Waldorf, a documentary film screening
Wednesday,
October 23 @ 7 PM

We are beginning our monthly Waldorf Wednesday lecture and film series tomorrow with a screening of the film Considering Waldorf.  This is the first true documentary ever filmed about Waldorf education. It is significant as Waldorf education approaches its 100th anniversary, and its schools and methodologies are more widely known and practiced than ever. Waldorf methods are practiced not only in the independent schools in which they originated, but also in public school and home school settings. This film examines its successes and its achievements, but also look squarely at the controversies that swirl around Waldorf schools.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night, please consider bringing a friend who is curious about Waldorf Education!


Eurythmy for Adults this Saturday!

Join us for our next Eurythmy for Adults workshop Saturday! Eurythmy is an expressive art movement that connects language with movement and music, and encourages confidence, emotional maturity and a deeper appreciation for the world around us. Saturday we will explore the elements of eurythmy while developing the theme: “How do I open my heart to receiving strength from the spiritual world in today’s busy and stressful culture, both in personal and group endeavors?” This workshop is lead by trained eurythmist Lynn Stull.

Cost: $15 per workshop, drop-ins welcome, however space is limited – please register in advance to reserve a spot by calling our office at (608) 270-9005.

What we will provide: *eurythmy shoes (most sizes) *eurythmy copper rods *spheres

Click here for more information on eurythmy, and the full schedule of 2013-14 Eurythmy for Adults Workshops at Madison Waldorf School.


Open House Tomorrow!

Grades6Open House Tomorrow @ 10 AM
Prospective families and curious parties are warmly invited to attend our open house this Saturday. We will be offering tours of the school, and faculty and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have about our early childhood and grade programs.

The Waldorf Way, education as an art…
Founded in Germany in 1919 by philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the Waldorf curriculum has endured as one of the richest education methods in the world. Every lesson at Madison Waldorf is guided by a dynamic relationship between teacher and student. Our curriculum integrates art and movement with a rigorous academic education in order to foster artistic expression, athletic ability, and problem solving. Whether it be in science or math, language, history, sports or art, our aim is to inspire mastery, compassion, and self-confidence. This approach ensures our students carry a lifelong love of learning throughout their lives.


Open House Saturday!

Madison Waldorf School Open House
Saturday, January 19th, 10 AM – 12 PM
6510 Schroeder Road, Madison, WI, 53711

Madison Waldorf School invites you to discover the difference of a Waldorf education this Saturday at our open house. We will be offering tours of the school, and faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions about our early childhood and grades programs.

The Waldorf educational philosophy is committed to nurturing the whole human. Our curriculum integrates arts and movement with an intellectually rigorous academic education to foster artistic expression, critical thinking, problem solving, athletic judgment, and sound intellectual reasoning. Waldorf graduates are creative and ethically aware young people intellectually prepared for the most demanding colleges, and eager to engage with the world around them. Waldorf pedagogy nurtures healthy emotional development by conveying knowledge experientially as well as academically.

Come and find out how Waldorf education inspires a lifelong love of learning!

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -W.B. Yeats


Winter Festival Photos

Check out this slide show from our awesome Winter Festival yesterday

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A Wholesome, Magical Winter Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come celebrate the magic of the winter season at Madison Waldorf School’s Annual Winter Festival, Saturday, Dec. 8th from  11 AM – 4 PM. This is one of our most beloved events, and every year we welcome members of the general public to join us for traditional Waldorf puppet plays, crafts for and activities for both young and older children, our wonderful Winter Magic Room – a kid-only holiday shopping environment – the Black Forest Dragon Maze,local artisan vendors, wholesome hot food, delicious desserts, live music, and more.  If you have not attended Madison Waldorf School’s Winter Festival, be sure to stop by and see why this become a favorite tradition for families in Madison!

More information, including the most up-to-date performance schedule, can be found here on our Web site.


OPEN HOUSE: Window in to the Waldorf Grades Curriculum

JOIN US FOR AN OPEN HOUSE
A Window into the Waldorf Grades Curriculum
Thursday, October 4th, from 7 – 8:30 PM

This is an opportunity to find out about Waldorf education in the grades program here at Madison Waldorf. Our grade school is rooted in the belief that the needs of childhood must be preserved and honored, and in keeping with the Waldorf education philosophy, our curriculum is structured to compliment the student’s developmental stages. It is an approach to education that honors every student’s enthusiasm for initiative, creativity and social responsibility. Lessons balance cognitive and emotional intelligence, and physical activity, and each academic subject receives intense focus over the course of a year, and integrates academic work with practical and fine arts.


Open House March 3!

Madison Waldorf School invites you to come find out how Waldorf education inspires a lifelong love of learning

Saturday, March 3
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Madison Waldorf School is hosting our final open house on Saturday, March 3rd,  from 10 am – 12 pm. Prospective families and curious parties are warmly invited to attend. We will be offering tours of the school, and faculty and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have about our early childhood and grade programs.

The Waldorf educational philosophy is committed to nurturing the whole human. Our curriculum integrates arts and movement with a rigorous academic education to foster artistic expression, critical thinking, problem solving, athletic judgment, and sound reasoning. Waldorf graduates are creative and ethically aware young people intellectually prepared for the most demanding colleges, and eager to engage with the world around them. Waldorf pedagogy nurtures healthy emotional development by conveying knowledge experientially as well as academically.

 


Madison Waldorf Open House 2/11

Madison Waldorf School invites you to come find out how Waldorf education inspires a lifelong love of learning

Saturday, February 11th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Madison Waldorf School
6510 Schroeder Road
Madison, WI 53704

Madison Waldorf School is hosting a monthly open house on Saturday, February 11th, from 10 am – 12 pm. Prospective families and curious parties are warmly invited to attend. We will be offering tours of the school, and faculty and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have about our early childhood and grade programs.

The Waldorf educational philosophy is committed to nurturing the whole human. Our curriculum integrates arts and movement with a rigorous academic education to foster artistic expression, critical thinking, problem solving, athletic judgment, and sound reasoning. Waldorf graduates are creative and ethically aware young people intellectually prepared for the most demanding colleges, and eager to engage with the world around them. Waldorf pedagogy nurtures healthy emotional development by conveying knowledge experientially as well as academically.

For more information, call or email (608) 270-9005 or info@madisonwaldorf.org.


Open House Tomorrow (1/21)

Saturday, Jan. 21
Monthly Open House @ Madison Waldorf School
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Madison Waldorf School is hosting the first of our monthly open houses tomorrow, Saturday, January 21st from 10 am – 12 pm. Prospective families and curious parties are warmly invited to attend one of our monthly open houses. We will be offering tours of the school, and faculty and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have about our early childhood and grade programs.

The Waldorf educational philosophy is committed to nurturing the whole human. Our curriculum integrates arts and movement with an intellectually rigorous academic education to foster artistic expression, critical thinking, problem solving, athletic judgment, and sound intellectual reasoning. Waldorf graduates are creative and ethically aware young people intellectually prepared for the most demanding colleges, and eager to engage with the world around them. Waldorf pedagogy nurtures healthy emotional development by conveying knowledge experientially as well as academically.

Come and find out how Waldorf education inspires a lifelong love of learning!

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -W.B. Yeats



The Journey of Childhood – Thursday, 1/12

Thursday, January 12
Informative Presentation @ 7pm
The Journey of Childhood: Meeting the Needs of our Children through the Stages of Development

Madison Waldorf School
6510 Schroeder Road
Madison, WI 53711

Waldorf schools provide a detailed, richly artistic curriculum that responds to and enhances the child’s developmental phases, from early childhood through high school.  However, what are the phases of childhood?  How can the needs of the child be addressed by parents and educators alike?  Join us at the Madison Waldorf School on Thursday, January 12 at 7pm, for an informative talk with Corinne Lorian on the developing child. Corinne Lorian is a master Waldorf teacher, with experience in both the early childhood and grade school.  Currently a grades teacher at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Corinne was also a founding teacher at Tamarack Waldorf School.  She has also taught at The Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor and other schools.


Shingebiss Puppet Show 1/14

Shingebiss, an Ojibwa Native American Puppet Show
Saturday, January 14
Barnes & Noble West Towne @ 10:30 & 11:30
Free admission

The Madison Waldorf School presents our Waldorf-inspired puppet show rendition of Shingebiss. It is the traditional Ojibwa story about a little duck who defies the cold, harsh winter while others around him cower in fear. This story exemplifies the strength of the underdog and the virtue of perseverance and fortitude. A portion of all book purchases at Barnes & Noble during and after the puppet show will benefit the Madison Waldorf School’s tuition assistance program.

 

 


Waldorf Winter Festival Saturday 12/10

Waldorf Winter Festival Is Coming to Town Saturday, December 10th!

Our second annual Waldorf Winter Festival which will be held Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Madison Waldorf School. This event is open to our community, as well as the larger Madison community. This year’s festival will include:

  • Puppet Show & Storytelling
  • Musical Performances
  • Craft Making & Children’s Activities
  • Handmade Gifts & Wreath Sale
  • Wholesome Food & Desserts
  • Warm Drinks & a Bonfire

We hope to see you there!

Please contact Christa Bruhn if you have any questions.


Lantern Walk Tomorrow, Nov. 11

Lantern Walk
4 pm @ Madison Waldorf School

Madison Waldorf School would like to invite all our students and their families to join us for our annual Lantern Walk at the school tomorrow at 4 pm.  The grade 5/6 children will have some herbal tea and homemade breadsticks for you to snack on while your grade school children gather in their classrooms for a few minutes to prepare for the celebration.  All families and EC children are invited to socialize in the front parking lot around the fire. The grades children and teachers will then join you around the fire for singing and flute playing. As darkness falls, we will light our lanterns and venture out into the night walking along the sidewalk on Schroeder Road to a path in the Spectrum Conservancy carefully carrying our lanterns in a mood of quiet reverence and singing.

Each November we have a Lantern Walk to celebrate Martinmas, a festival of inner light in the outer darkness of the approaching winter. St. Martin was a soldier in Rome in the 4th century. Legend says that one wintry night he met a poor beggar, half-naked and freezing. Martin removed the heavy military cloak from his shoulders and, drawing his sword, cut it in two, and gave half to the beggar. Celebrating Martinmas at MWS serves as a reminder that each of us has a divine spark that we must carry out into the world and share with others. Our lantern walk symbolically reminds us of a deeper truth, in the words of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism (563-483 B.C.): “There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”  After our lantern walk is finished, we ask that you preserve the reverence and beauty of this event on your way home to enjoy your dinner together.  Also, we ask that you take “pictures with your mind” of this beautiful sight rather than with your camera.

See you there!


Alfie Kohn talk “Performance vs. Learning” 11/9

Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. Kohn has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” His criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of educators — as well as parents and managers — across the country and abroad. Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, including the “Today” show and two appearances on “Oprah.”

Mr. Kohn is in Madison next Thursday, November 9th, join educators and education administrators for this thought-provoking session on Performance vs. Learning. Alfie Kohn will present his thoughts and research findings, followed by a moderated question & answer session. Details below:

Date: November 9, 2011
Check-In: 6:15pm
Time: 7-9pm
Location: UW-Madison Union South, Varsity Hall II
1308 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53715
Cost: FREE!
Registration Deadline: November 2, 2011

For more info:

https://www.ohrd.wisc.edu/OHRDCatalogPortal/Default.aspx?tabid=29&CourseKey=36566


Magical Halloween Walk Friday (10/28)

The Madison Waldorf School invites you to attend our Annual Halloween Walk this Friday, October 28th. This is a magical and inspiring event is created for young children in Pre- K through to Grade 2. This memorable treat begins as young children and their parents embark on an enchanting journey that unfolds along a lantern lit pathway with fairy tale characters from timeless treasured stories offering vignettes and Halloween treats. Our walk ends with a warm dinner gathering of friends and firelight. We look forward to seeing all students and families in our Early Childhood program through Grade 2. The schedule is as follows:

Walk from 4:30 – 5:30
Dinner from 5:30 – 6:00

See you there!


PTCC Meeting Tonight @ 6:30

Please come to the first PTCC Meeting of the school year on Monday, September 19, 6:30-8:00 pm at the school.

PTCC is the Parent-Teacher Community Council at Madison Waldorf School composed of Parent Representatives of each classroom, parent and faculty co-chairs, sub-committee chairs and anyone and everyone who wants to get involved to support our school!

Have an idea for our school? Have a concern? PTCC is your one-stop shop for plugging into volunteering, getting your voice heard, and being connected with school leadership.

Our parents are the school’s most valuable resource, and we rely upon parent volunteers (like you) to make sure the school gets the support it needs.

So bring your ideas and enthusiasm to our first PTCC meeting! Whether you want to help out with a specific task, or lead a new initiative, PTCC is the place to be to support our school!

If you cannot attend the meeting, we still want to hear from you so please share your ideas by email before the meeting. Please contact Christa Bruhn with comments or questions at christa.bruhn@gmail.com or call 608.332.2001.


Food For Thought Saturday, 9/17

Come help us celebrate local food at the Food For Thought Festival this Saturday on MLK Blvd. from 8:00-1:30!  Learn new food tips and tricks from the experts, have fun with the kids and taste great local food!

MWS will be hosting an information and crafts table, we hope to see you there!
For more info on the event, check out:  http://www.reapfoodgroup.org/programs-events/food-for-thought-festival


Photos from All School Orientation Night

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The movement room was crowded as new and returning parents and caregivers came to All School Orientation last Thursday, September 8th. Faculty members addressed the entire parent body, before opening up their classrooms for a school tour and class meetings. Walking around the beautiful new Practical Crafts Room with Grade 5/6 teacher Mark Lajiness, flipping through main lesson books, and chatting with other parents, members of our community laughed and joined together with excitement for the 2011-2012 school year at Madison Waldorf School.