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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.

 

 

The Waldorf Way: Silicon Valley school eschews technology

 

 

 

 

 

The Waldorf Way: Silicon Valley school eschews technology.

MSNBC explores the Waldorf way in this segment which gives great insight into the way Waldorf education promotes a healthy relationship with technology, and so much more!

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!