French Comes Alive

Every year the entire third grade at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs performs a play entirely in French.  It is the hardest challenge for the students who have been studying the language in class since grade 1.  “In third grade the child is eager for harder work,” says Patricia Hrebenach, the French teacher for grades 1-8,  “for this play, we work from a written script but I don’t give it...
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Writing the College Essay

The hardest part about writing the college essay is picking one moment in your life that you feel captures your existence so completely that it should determine your future. The Common Application asks seventeen year olds to choose that moment, then write about it, using only 650 words. Not many high school seniors have lived through such a pivotal experience yet; I certainly haven’t. But it’s...
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Fourth Grade’s Taste of Saratoga

A Taste of Saratoga Springs – by Astrea Ravenstar   In fourth grade, the students study local geography and history. As a part of our studies, the class and I went on a walking tour to taste the mineral springs here in Saratoga. The springs combine both the geography and history of our city, while providing the students with a multi-sensory experience. We visited eight different...
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The Simpsons Love Waldorf?!?

The Simpsons gave a well-crafted, comic shout out to Waldorf Education during their Season 26 finale for 2015 — “Mathlete’s Feat”, which aired May 17, 2015. Waldorf-centric Plot Summary: After a scathing math competition defeat, tech bigwigs take pity on Springfield Elementary and outfit the school with all the latest technology. But Principal Skinner’s ineptitude leads to a server farm...
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Winter in the Forest

Now that spring is, well, “springing” I spoke to Carly Lynn, one of the lead teachers of the Forest Kindergarten about what it’s like to teach students outside everyday in the winter in upstate New York. It’s been really cold this winter. Do you all still go outside? There has never been a day we have not gone outside. Of course, if it was dangerous to the children we...
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I was an unprepared 12th grader – by Matt Kopans

I had the pleasure of sitting in on Steve Balmer’s Open Main lesson today.  I’ll attempt to describe what I saw. The class was grade 12’s “Transcendentalism” block – I hadn’t done any of the readings (because I’m not really in the class).  Moreover, I had never read Emerson, and hadn’t read Thoreau for over 20 years.  I hadn’t even...
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Blue – by Mary Roberts

      The Waldorf curriculum leads the students on a journey through the feeling life of color. Winter is a wonderful time to explore the color blue. We paint the frosty ice blue of snowy fields and icicles, the cold aquamarine of the sea, the quiet indigo expanse of the nighttime sky , and the moonlight on a frozen pond. Each color journey cultivates the child’s connection with...
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Music at Waldorf

Mr. Fron explains how Music works at the Waldorf Schools!
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Calculus – by Mrs. Lovenduski

[Ed. Note – the links are provided by me to help those who haven’t taken Mrs. Lovenduski’s class!] In Calculus, we start by hearing out and thinking upon Zeno’s Paradoxes.  Inherent within his paradoxes is the questions ” Is motion possible?  and, if so, how?”  In working with these questions we also wrestle with; how does one gauge or calculate out motion and...
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Jump Rope Success – by Mrs. Crandall

The Human Spirit in Education One of the tasks of the class teacher in the Waldorf School is to have an unshakable belief in a human being’s capacity to learn and transform him/herself. As we practice believing this, we learn to see the amazing leaps students take in their development. After a few years of experience comes the more challenging practice for the class teacher: to be vigilant of...
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4th Grade Woodworking – By Mr. Litts

As an energetic lad within these very walls, my rambunctious nature was instantly quelled when it came time for handwork, especially woodworking. My love for traditional methods of crafting has grown over the years, and I’m fortunate to be able to bring my experiences to our children. Rather than presenting a more common “shop class” type of curriculum, we’ll focus on...
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Buddies Painting Owls – By Mrs. Sabatella

Every first grade class gets a buddy in the fifth grade class.  These buddies stay together until the fifth grade leaves the lower school after 8th grade. The current 4th grade and the 8th grade have spent their buddy time over the past four years together doing a variety of activities.  A few weeks ago we gathered together to sketch an assortment of owls.  Outside the rain fell in a steady...
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Painting Genesis – by Karen Crandall

Waldorf schools are nonsectarian. Values such as respect for self and others, universal to all religious and spiritual traditions, are upheld in the classrooms. Spiritual leaders of many cultures are studied through the history of world civilizations. The question of religion is left strictly to the family.  Here is one way we present the Old Testament as literature to our 3rd graders Painting...
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Seventh Grade handwork – by Ms. Bradley

The handwork curriculum for Grade 7 brings new opportunities for linking the work of making something with one’s hands and the reality of day-to-day living.  Many handwork classes in Grade 7 at Waldorf schools focus on making clothing using hand-sewing, a skill that has been lost in recent generations in many parts of today’s world.  Sewing by hand strengthens neural pathways related...
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Waldorf Saratoga Video

In case you missed it, here’s the video we showed at the 2014 Voyage of Discovery Breakfast earlier this week  
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First Grade French – by Mme Hrebenach

I feel that language is a vital means of communication between people, as well as a gateway to understanding and accepting particular cultures, as expressed through meaningful sound.  With each language we learn, we increase our social range, and our understanding of the world in which we live. In first grade French class, we will explore French language almost exclusively in the target...
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Cross Country at the WASAREN league championships – by Jenn Hunt Dempsey

Cross Country Season Concludes with Personal Records Across the Board and a First Place Team Finish for Modified Girls! The rain stopped and we even had a few peeks of sunshine for a comfortably cool, Octobery afternoon of cross country running on Tuesday, October 21, as hundreds of WASAREN League runners took to Spa State Park to contest the league championships. Remarkably, every Waldorf...
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Thermal Physics – by Mr. Moise

We started our Thermal Physics block by practicing metric measurements in the context of a science lab. In the next three weeks we will define the concepts of temperature, thermal expansion and specific heat through experiments, discussions, and mathematical calculations. The students will continue this block by discovering and learning the meaning of some complex concepts from classical...
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Parent Study Group – by Katie Capelli

On Wednesday mornings, bright and early, a group of parents meets with faculty member Abigail Reid both to learn more about Waldorf education and to share our experiences as parents. We began with reading “A Thousand Rivers,” an article written by Carol Black. Ms. Black delves into the murky waters of our current public school system with a historical lens, a multicultural analysis and as a...
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10th Grade Odyssey Trip – by Mr. Lytle

Deciding between Charybdis’ whirlpool and Scylla’s deadly cliffs; remaining vigilant and open to inspiration in the face of the narrow-minded tunnel-vision of the cyclops, Polyphemus; drawing upon inner fortitude during a trip into the underworld; a match-up of will and intellect versus the awesome forces of nature (and the gods!); and this against the backdrop of an...
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