"Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous approach to education. They integrate the arts in all academic disciplines for children from preschool through twelfth grade to enhance and enrich learning. Waldorf education aims to inspire life-long learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities."
"Teachers in Waldorf schools are dedicated to generating an inner enthusiasm for learning within every child. This eliminates the need for competitive testing, academic placement, and rewards to motivate learning and allows motivation to arise from within. It helps engender the capacity for joyful life-long learning.
Waldorf education is independent and inclusive. It upholds the principles of freedom in education and engages independent administration locally, continentally and internationally. It is regionally appropriate education with hundreds of schools worldwide today. Waldorf education is truly Inspired Learning"
"Association of Waldorf Schools of North America is a non-profit membership organization of independent Waldorf schools and institutes in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. " The organization exists to strengthen and nurture Waldorf schools.
Read about this organization on their website: https://www.waldorfeducation.org/awsna
The Unity School aspires to be recognized as a Waldorf School
AWSNA provides support to schools and teachers through collaboration and mentorship. In our early years The Unity School will be an initiative, establishing ourselves as committed to the principles of Waldorf education.
Only a school that has been functioning for several years, has shown steady adherence to the principles of Waldorf education as defined by AWSNA, has demonstrated fiscal stability and engages in self-study and peer review may apply for Associate Membership. This is our 1st goal. Later, after being established and engaging in the path defined by AWSNA of continued self-study and peer review we aspire to become full members of the Association and will engage in the AWSNA school accreditation process.
A first step is to develop a strong early childhood program and to be recognized by Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). We are actively engaged in the process required by the Association and are pleased with our progress at this stage of the application.
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2. Rhythms of Learning: what Waldorf education offers children, parents and teachers. By Rudolf Steiner
3. You Are Your Child's First Teacher: what parents can do with and for their children from birth to age six. By Rahima Baldwin Dancy
4. Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: nurturing our children from birth to seven. By Barbara J. Patterson and Pamela Bradley
5. School Renewal: a spiritual journey for change. By Torin Finser
6. Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children. By Sharifa Oppenheimer
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10. The Story of Waldorf Education in the United States. By Steve Sagar