Benefits of Waldorf Education

Waldorf education formally started in India in the year 1997. With the over reliance on testing scores and technology currently consuming mainstream education; the benefits a child receives through experiences with art, movement, music, speech and drama has come to the forefront. With parents coming from the tech industry are voicing their experiences about the lifelong benefits of low-tech or rather delayed technology in Waldorf schools in educating their own children, more and more parents and educators are taking interest in Waldorf education and what it has to offer.

Waldorf Pedagogy believes that the curriculum and teaching methods should cater to the developmental stages, each unfolding with the growing child.

Early Childhood – Will directed education

Young children from birth to age 7, learn best through imitation. Waldorf early childhood teachers nurture each child, providing gentle, play-based activities that encourage the young child to explore the natural world, engage in social relationships, and expand imaginative capacities, all of these, lay meaningful foundations for intellectual and physical development that happens along in the later stages of development.

Middle Childhood – Feeling through imagination

Between the ages of 7 and 14, children respond best to lessons that touch their feelings that enliven their creative forces. The Waldorf elementary school curriculum is filled with fairy tales and fables, mythological sagas, and biographies of historical figures. Waldorf elementary teachers integrate storytelling, drama, rhythmic movement, visual arts, and music into their daily work, weaving a rich tapestry of experience that brings each subject to life in the child’s capacities of thinking, feeling, and willing

Adolescence – Ages 14 to 21 develops the child’s independent judgement of the world and the ability to discern the world abstractly. Students in Waldorf high schools now learn under the guidance of specialist teachers in their fields.

The Benefits of Waldorf Education

Children are not hastened to grow up thereby losing innocence and sense of wonder at an early age.

Visit a Waldorf school and watch the students play. They freely explore nature in all its splendour. By being free to develop according to their own natural rhythms, Waldorf children live their childhood undeterred.

Waldorf children are less intrigued by the computers or any screen for that matter. For a Waldorf child every experience lived and experienced, positively influences him/her for a lifetime. Technology is delayed rather than being introduced at an age when the young child is yet exploring his/her environment. Children develop and hone their problem solving skills through years of hands-on inquiry rather than anything they could have picked up by sitting at a screen.

With the two hour Main lesson every morning, Waldorf children experience one subject which rotates every 3-4 weeks among the academic disciplines. Students have the chance to study each subject thoroughly with their head, heart and hands thereby being totally immersed in experiencing and enjoying the subject matter.

From discovering the alphabet in the first grade to discovering the human anatomy or algebra in the eighth grade, Waldorf students take part in the learning process by creating their own textbooks—that is their main lesson books with beautifully written work, containing subject matter, stories, essays, poems, maps, illustrations, lab descriptions, and math equations. Art and creative learning is an integral part of Waldorf education. Children learn to play the recorder flute and some an instrument and sing in the chorus; they all learn handwork and take movement classes and perform in the class play. The goal in Waldorf Education is to expose children to a wide range of experiences and to develop within them many interests and capabilities. This, in turn, leads to well-balanced young people with high levels of confidence in their ability to apply the acquired skills in later life.

To understand more: please schedule for an Open Day to explore Waldorf teaching by calling the school office on any Saturday.

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Dear Parents,

We hope you and your family are safe and healthy as you read this letter.  Thank you for your patience and understanding, as we have been adjusting, like you, to the drastic changes in life and work responsibilities during the last few weeks. We are extremely appreciative of our students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators for their positivity, flexibility and resilience during these trying times. Although none of us have experienced a pandemic before, we all have to be together, understanding the situation we are in, and limiting our expectations during this challenging phase.

As we miss all of students, distance learning for Prerana Waldorf School is in full motion. We are concerned for our students’ health and well-being, as well as their families.

Our goal is to provide continuous educational opportunities and practice for students while schools are closed but also to eliminate as much stress as feasibly possible for students, parents, and teachers.
Our teachers and our staff are working long hours from home while dealing with their new, but temporary, normal.
While it is our responsibility to continue to help our children learn, we also want to compassionately take into consideration the variety of difficulties that our families and staff  are enduring during this time. We also ask for your patience and understanding as we travel this new territory, too.

Thank you for the photos, the appreciation, and the helpful feedback. Your positive responses are affirming the truly amazing work our faculty is doing to translate their teaching expertise into effective distance learning.  We appreciate you as well for doing your best to carve out space and time in your work and home life to support your children’s learning.

From 17th April 2020 for classes I to X and from 24th April 2020 for class XII scheduled summer vacation is starting, and when school resumes on 11th June for classes I to XII, and on 18th June for Nursery and Kindergarten, hopefully, life will get back to normal, eventually.
After this experience is over, our lives will include more appreciation of our blessings and our freedoms.  “This is not a time for us to panic. This is a time for us to come together.”
A huge debt of gratitude also goes to all of our doctors, nurses, hospital employees, first responders, the state Police and our state leaders for all they are doing to keep us safe and healthy.

Stay at home, stay safe!

Prerana Waldorf School