Why Waldorf?

With more than 1,000 Waldorf schools in over 60 countries, Waldorf Education is truly global — not only in scope, but in its approach. Waldorf graduates are recognized for their academic strengths and intellectual curiosity, their highly developed interpersonal skills and their enthusiasm for confronting life’s opportunities and challenges.

Monadnock Waldorf School students thrive in social and classroom environments that are healthy, safe, stimulating, fun and evolving to match the development of children and adolescents.  In elementary, middle and high school, Waldorf education builds a foundation of rigorous, classic academic study, taught by teachers who know every child as an individual and understand how students learn. This academic foundation is complemented by an integrated arts curriculum that is carefully designed to enhance learning capacity, develop self-confidence and expand cultural appreciation. 

Throughout the Waldorf educational experience, the best elements of each student’s character are drawn out and nurtured. Monadnock Waldorf School provides each student with a differentiating set of in-demand skills in communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking — essential to realizing happiness and success in future academics, career and life.


Waldorf in the News

Catch up on the buzz about Waldorf education! Consistently demonstrated through educational research to be aligned with best practices, Waldorf education is based on developmental insights that address the needs of the growing child and maturing adolescent. Waldorf teachers transform education into an art, educating the whole child through the head, heart and hands.
 

PREPARING FOR LIFE

2011 / Waldorf School of the Penninsula
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.

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A silicon valley school that doesn't compute

October 22, 2011 / The New York Times
The chief technology officer of eBay sends his children to a nine-classroom school here. So do employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard. But the school’s chief teaching tools are anything but high-tech: pens and paper, knitting needles and, occasionally, mud. Not a computer to be found. No screens at all. They are not allowed in the classroom, and the school even frowns on their use at home.
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steve jobs was a low-tech parent

September 10, 2014 / The New York Times
When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Mr. Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he had finished chewing me out for something I had written about an iPad shortcoming.
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The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues

September 2, 2015 / The Washington Post
I still recall the days of preschool for my oldest daughter. I remember wanting to desperately enrich her life in any way possible – to give her an edge before she even got to formal schooling. I put her in a preschool that was academic in nature – the focus on pre-reading, writing, and math skills. At home, I bought her special puzzles, set up organized play dates with children her age, read to her every night, signed her up for music lessons, put her in dance, and drove her to local museums. My friends and I even did “enrichment classes” with our kids to practice sorting, coloring, counting, numbers, letters, and yes….even to practice sitting! We thought this would help prepare them for kindergarten.
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Teaching the Whole Child: Waldorf Schools and Exemplary Teacher Engagement

December 2, 2015 / The Huffington Post
Waldorf schools take an unconventionally nurturing approach to learning, making them a unique approach to education. Initially, some viewed the schools as emphasizing play over learning, but now a growing number recognize that the Waldorf model supports educational and personal habits which often go overlooked and under-appreciated in traditional schooling.
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Want to 'train your brain'? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

October 24, 2016 / The Guardian
While brain training games and apps may not live up to their hype, it is well established that certain other activities and lifestyle choices can have neurological benefits that promote overall brain health and may help to keep the mind sharp as we get older. One of these is musical training. Research shows that learning to play a musical instrument is beneficial for children and adults alike, and may even be helpful to patients recovering from brain injuries.
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