Welcome to Monadnock waldorf school
Monadnock Waldorf School is an independent school rooted in the international learning philosophy of Waldorf education. We provide a rich and challenging environment that inspires students to reach their highest potential in academic, artistic and physical achievement. Through the integration of these pursuits, we nurture the unique capacities within each student, providing a deep and broad education that develops a lifelong love of learning and sense of compassion that benefits them, their communities and the world at large.
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Let Kids Play: Pediatricians Advocate for Play-Based Learning
August 20, 2018 | New York Times
Active engagement and joyful discovery are pillars of the Waldorf curriculum at all levels. The importance of playful learning is increasingly supported by developmental and neurological research. “Kids develop 21st century skills through play,” argues Dr. Michael Yogman of the American Academy of Pediatrics. These skills include social maturity, collaboration, and innovation—and they are rooted in children’s intrinsic motivation to discover the world through play. Read more about why pediatricians are prescribing play!
What Knitting Can Teach You about Math
July 16, 2018 | Smithsonian Magazine
One college professor ditched calculators in favor of knitting needles to teach his students advanced maths. His students develop the problem solving, planning, and critical thinking skills they need to master abstract algebra and geometry through knitting. Waldorf teachers can vouch for this approach! Every first grade Waldorf student learns to knit. Such handwork engages the eye and hand in a way that encourages the development of neural pathways. It allows students to plan, calculate and problem-solve as they tackle projects suited to their developmental stage. Read more about how knitting benefits the brain.
Voted Best Local Private School Grades 6–12
May 24, 2018 / Keene Sentinel
MWS was voted Best Local Private School Grades 6–12 in the Keene Sentinel Reader's Choice Awards. Thank you to all who supported us! View 2018 Winners >
Preparing for Life
2011 / Waldorf School of the Peninsula
The New York Times sparked national media coverage with its front page story on why Silicon Valley parents are turning to Waldorf education. This film picks up where that story left off. "Preparing for Life" takes viewers inside the Waldorf School of the Peninsula where the focus is on developing the capacities for creativity, resilience, innovative thinking, and social and emotional intelligence over rote learning. More Waldorf in the News >