Discover the difference of a Waldorf Kindergarten

DSC_0210The teaching method in a Waldorf kindergarten is quite different from most other mainstream education approaches in the United States. Like other Waldorf schools, our early childhood program at Madison Waldorf School is focused on the developmental needs  of our students, and designed to encourage purposeful joy.

DSC_0225Imaginative play, artistic expression and extended contact with the natural world are at the center of our Early Childhood Program. Our program is structured around daily, weekly, and seasonal rhythms that encourage the child’s social, emotional, and intellectual development, laying the foundation for inspired lifelong learning. Our kindergarten teachers create a warm, naturally beautiful environment in a home-like setting.

DSC_0299Days allow ample time for indoor and outdoor play. Children benefit from participating in purposeful tasks throughout their daily schedule, such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, washing, and more. Circle time allows young children to participate in seasonal verses, songs, stories, and games. Our kindergarten students grow and develop through exposure to artistic offerings, such as puppet plays, live music, drawing, watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, and simple handwork. This daily schedule encourages the development of balance, coordination, and important gross and fine-motor skills,  while supporting the child’s imagination, sense of wonder for the world, and reverence for life.

We offer tours of our school Monday through Friday, please call our office at (608) 270-9005 to set up a time to visit, and discover the difference of a Waldorf kindergarten.

Let the bidding begin!

onlineauctionMWS’s 2nd Annual Online Auction is OPEN and will be until 11pm April 26th. Be sure to check it out daily as new and very awesome items will be uploaded each and everyday. This is one of our school’s most successful fundraisers, and we have so many awesome items for you to bid on!

Go here to our live Online Auction!

To Celebrate Spring our auction sponsor, Michael Fields Institute has donated 4 spaces for:
Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture
April 20th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Inspired by Rudolf Steiner, hands-on activities include preparation-making, plant observations, and applications to compost and fields.
Course level: Beginner
Instructor(s):  Jim Favreau, Singing Fawn Gardens
and Brian Wickert, Biodynamic Farmer & Viroqua Biodynamic Group member.
This is a $60 value that is yours for only $45 (lunch included)
To reserve your spot, please email ngutknecht@madisonwaldorf.org, or call 354-9706

Join us for one of our Eurythmy Workshops!

Eurythmy is an expressive art movement developed by Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf School movement. Eurhythmy is a physical exercise which connects language with movement and music, encouraging confidence, emotional maturity and a deeper appreciation for the world around us.

Professionally trained euthrythmist Lynn Stull will be leading workshops in eurythmy for interested adults at the Madison Waldorf School on the following dates:

Saturday, November 10th, 9 – 10:15 AM, $15
Eurythmy for Adults Workshop: Beauty
Learn how to practice and carry the soul qualities of beauty into our everyday lives.

For this event, please REGISTER HERE

Saturday, December 15th, 9 – 10:15 AM, $15
Eurythmy for Adults Workshop: Stress Reduction
Learn how to use eurythmy to reduce stress and keep a sense of humor during the holiday season.

For this event, please  REGISTER HERE

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 at the links above.

Screening of “The Greenhorns” tonight!

Madison Waldorf School is co-hosting a film screening of “The Greehorns: The New Farmers in America” 7 pm at the Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road in Fitchburg.

“The Greenhorns: New Farmers in America,” is a new film by Severine von Tscharner Fleming. It will be shown free of charge, and after the film Roger Cohee, the chair of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee of the City of Fitchburg, will give a brief explanation of their new program matching would-be farmers with landowners who will rent land to them. There will also be small group discussions led by representatives from all the groups sponsoring this event, (MACSAC: Madison Area Community Supported Agriculure Coalition, Madison Waldorf School, Sustain Dane, Trautman Family Farm, and Voss Organics) to give you a chance to explore the topics that the film brings up. The program will end by 8:50 p.m.


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!

Tuesday Morning (10/18) Coffee & Tea

Join us after drop off  Tuesday morning (October 18th) to needlefelt 3-D pumpkins or apples just in time for the Fall harvest.  You can purchase felting supplies in the school store (minimal start-up cost $3-$5 ) and we’ll get you on your way.  Folks will be around to teach you the technique,  as well as show you how to work with your grades-age child (2-D) and your kindergartner (wet felting).  If you know your way around a felting needle,  bring your supplies and join us for some tea and conversation in the resource room.  Email Jill Stevenson (jillbean70@yahoo.com)  If you are interested and cannot make the date/time.

MWS Night @ Umami Tonight (10/17)

Tonight, October 17, is Madison Waldorf Night at Umami Ramen & Dumpling Bar. Umami is donating 10% of the evening’s proceeds from event guests to Madison Waldorf School. Space is  limited, and this event is adult only to accommodate as many guests as possible. The response has already been great, we have a number of reservations, but a few spaces are still available  – email Randy Ng, at ingrand5@gmail.com,  asap to ensure a spot. Please be sure to make a reservation for one of the seating windows, seatings are between 5 – 6 and between 6 – 7.   Can’t eat a sit down meal out tonight? Umami will also donate proceeds from take-out customers, be sure to tell your server or cashier that you are with Madison Waldorf School.

See you there!

Join us for Michaelmas tomorrow!

We invite parents, grandparents and caregivers to join us for a Michaelmas celebration on Tuesday, September 27th at 2:30 Our Dragon Play, featuring a noble Saint George, will take place on the hill behind the school. This year, the ferocious dragon will be accompanied by 5th/6th Grade African drumming. Refeshments will be provided after the play.

A friendly reminder: children will be dismissed to their parents when the play concludes.

What is Michaelmas?
The celebration of Michaelmas at the Madison Waldorf School and at many Waldorf schools world-wide commemorates the archangel Michael, and the archetype Michael represents. Stories and images that have arisen out of many cultures and traditions contribute to the richness of this classic autumn festival. Historical and mythological perspectives come from the Old Testament, the Book of Revelations, ancient Oriental writings, the Bhagavad-Gita, Greek Mythology, as well as stories of the English St. George and the American legend of John Henry, to name a few.  A central images which arises when we celebrate Michaelmas is how the spirit of man is called by the Archangel Michael to act in freedom and with moral courage.  This imagination presents a couple of different qualities:  the courageous warrior with his fiery sword held high, subduing the dragon underfoot, and the contemplative spirit holding a balance. Michael gives us strength and courage to struggle with the dragons in our lives, those within ourselves and in the world around us. On the other hand, Michaelmas is celebrated very near the midpoint between the Summer and Winter Solstices, the balance point of daylight and darkness in the year.  At the height of the harvest season, as the fruits of nature have ripened, the days grow shorter and the plant world seems to die, we gather together as a community.  In celebration, we seek strength to kindle our inner fire and the “iron will” to transform ourselves and our communities through our own brave and heart-felt deeds. We express gratefulness for the harvest, and the fruits and gifts that we bring to one another, as children and as adults. We rededicate ourselves to finding balance and clarity of thought as we strive for new beginnings.

We hope to see you at this celebration!



Photos from Labor Day Yard Sale

Our Annual Labor Day Yard Sale has been doing great so far, and we want to thank everyone who volunteered to for making it a success. A special thank you to Mike & Nancy Guktnecht for use of their house, coordinating volunteers, and, of course, supplying those volunteers with delicious sandwiches. Checkout the slideshow below for photos from the yard sale.


Meet the newest faculty hires!

The faculty of The Madison Waldorf School is pleased to announce the hiring of our Grade 5/6, Grade 4, and Grade 3 teachers for the 2011-2012 school year.

Mr. Mark Lajiness has been selected and accepted the position as Grade 5/6 instructor. Mark brings strengths of an experienced Waldorf teacher to the classroom and to the faculty.  His lessons to the class when he interviewed for the position were received by the students with excitement and interest.  Mark has already connected with several members of the MWS community, and is committed to teaching the upper grades curriculum in a manner that will serve the children through 8th grade.  Mark has sixteen years of teaching experience which includes teaching 10 years in the Waldorf upper grades.  He will be moving to Madison this summer, and looks forward to getting to know the 5th and 6th grade families better.

Ms. Esperanza Lantro is the new Grade 4 teacher.  Some of you may already have had the opportunity to meet her during her visit this spring.  She comes to us from the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School, where she has been the Spanish specialty teacher for the last two years.  Ms. Lantro has twenty years of experience and involvement with Waldorf education, and we gratefully welcome her talents and commitment to our school.

Lastly, Ms. Elizabeth Arth has been selected and accepted the position of Grade 3 teacher for the 2011-2012 school year. She is very well known in our community as a founding board member, as our handwork teacher and our administrator. She has also substituted in all the grades in recent years, particularly in the grade 4/5 classroom, working closely with Jacqueline Beecher. In these capacities we have seen her enthusiasm, skill and devotion to our children.  It has been her desire to pursue teaching a grades class and we welcome her in this new capacity.

Our hiring committee put a lot of work into searching and selecting these three outstanding new faculty members, please join us in welcoming them to our community.