When you visit the Waldorf School of Louisville you’ll find it abuzz with activity – students and teachers actively engaged together in the learning process both in the classroom and outdoors. A great emphasis is placed on experiential learning. Teachers are able to integrate this into virtually every discipline, enlivening the learning process and providing students with skills and knowledge relevant to the world outside school. Teachers are able to tailor the material to the learning styles and needs of the students and are able to use alternative assessments that truly evaluate their work and abilities. A major advantage of Waldorf education is that the teachers remain with their classes for years – working, growing and learning together for a rigorous and joyful educational experience.
Art is not an “extra” but is integral to the Waldorf curriculum. Through art, students develop a more sensory understanding of the subject at hand. Drawing, painting, singing and beeswax modeling are part of the daily lessons. Students also create their main lesson books which feature what they have learned as well as their artistic expression of it.
Personal Relationships: Perhaps the most important characteristic of a Waldorf school is the personal relationship established between teacher and student. Children remain with their class teacher for years. The teachers get to know their students well, to understand their backgrounds, interests, abilities, and challenges. Each student can receive the personal attention he or she needs. By engaging in thoughtful and deeply felt discussions with their teachers and peers, the students are offered guidance and inspiration in pursuit of their emerging ideas.
Personal relationships among the students are also important. Strong relationships are formed and each class has a strong identity as a group. Important learning comes through the daily give and takes of sustaining a community.
Daily rhythms are an important part of the school day and provide a consistency that allows for both structure and spontaneity. Seasonal rhythms and festivals bring children closer to earth and natural cycles. Celebrations of festivals also bring us together as a community.