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SEPTEMBER 2013

Prairie Moon Waldorf School is a developing member  
of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.

 

LOOKING FOR: LONG TERM SUBSTITUTE EARLY CHILDHOOD AFTERNOON TEACHER

Long term substitute Early Childhood Aftercare Assistant: The primary responsibility of the Aftercare Assistant is to make sure that the experience is positive for the children who attend and the activities follow the pedagogy of the school, ensuring the supervision and safety of all the children ages 3 to 6 yrs-old.The substitution dates are for November 2013 through January 2014 with the possibility of becoming permanent with more enrollment.

 

For details:

http://prairiemoon.org/about-2/career-opportunities/

 

 

DAY OF PLAY

Do your children love to play, use their imagination and creativity to have fun?  Join the Lawrence Kids Calendar for the 2013 Day of Play, part of Caine's Arcade Global Cardboard Challenge.

 

Prairie Moon is one of the many sponsors for Lawrence's first Day of Play.  If you attend, you will receive a goody bag with treats from a variety of organizations, and a very special gift from Prairie Moon.

 

October 5, 2013

Watson Train Park

10am-2pm

 

Free, but registration is helpful for materials:

http://lawrencekids.net/playday/

 

 

NEW GALLERY
 
 

We have been spending some time updating our website.  We have uploaded and will continue to do so, a variety of pictures in our online gallery.

 

Take a peek here:

http://prairiemoon.org/curriculum/gallery-of-student-work/

 

LINKS TO OUR CHALKBOARD DRAWINGS

 

We post many of our chalkboard drawings on Facebook. For thos of you do not have an account, you are able to view them here.

 

FRACTIONS

 

MULTIPLICATION

 

THE APPROACH OF AUTUMN

 

BOTANY

 

PETER PAN

 

 

Students from our graduating class have moved on to a variety of schools, three private schools and two public schools. Here is a testimonial from one parent, Amy Stevenson, whose child is attending Bishop Seabury Academy (BSA) and how he has adjusted, as that is a common question parents have.

"Our son is thriving at BSA, likes his classes, teachers and new friends very much. He willingly completes his nightly homework and I sense in him a certain excitement about his life. He has easily adapted to textbooks, tests, homework, grades, uniform, and no recesses. I believe that his experience at Prairie Moon prepared him for this in that he had many years at PM to become grounded in himself, comfortable with himself in the world, so that he has been able to transition into a vastly different environment and enjoy it eagerly. His father and I couldn't be more relieved and grateful.

I'm not surprised that someone from BSA is interested in visiting Prairie Moon classes and school. They are quite enjoying him and [another student from PM], and are naturally interested to see what learning environment they came from. Plus I shared with them his main lesson books he made while at Prairie Moon so they got to see the beautiful work that children create in their Waldorf education."

 

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

 

 
"True reading readiness (as opposed to forced reading “readiness") is a biological phenomenon and requires that a child has passed a number of benchmarks of sensor-motor integration which is an aspect of healthy brain development."
 
A research based article on the concept of "successful children:
"These '“authoritative parents”' appear to hit the sweet spot of parental involvement and generally raise children who do better academically, psychologically and socially than children whose parents are either permissive and less involved, or controlling and more involved."
 
A mother describes her experience in sending a child to a Waldorf school in Israel, where they live.
 
"The decline in opportunity to play has also been accompanied by a decline in empathy and a rise in narcissism, both of which have been assessed since the late 1970s with standard questionnaires given to normative samples of college students… A decline of empathy and a rise in narcissism are exactly what we would expect to see in children who have little opportunity to play socially." At Prairie Moon, children have unstructured time to play. Even though we live in a technology-heavy society, as a species we haven't changed that much. Play continues to be vital to emotional, mental and physical health.
 
The Art of Staying Focused in a Distracting World:
Another article in The Atlantic supports the ideas that are at the heart of Waldorf early childhood education
the value of self-directed play, learning through imitation, and an emphasis on interpersonal relationships over screen time.
 
"As both parents and teachers, we are surrounded by societal expectations around the social capacities of our children. How do we prepare the children for the world in which they live, giving them age appropriate guidance that meets their needs? How do we develop the virtues of generosity and compassion that make us fully human? How do we meet conflict healthily in our both conflict ridden and conflict averse world?"
 
An honest, heartfelt piece written by a parent who wanted to explain to the world why she ended up choosing Waldorf education for her children. Originally published in Huffington Post.
 
An employer survey released this year by the Association of American Colleges and Universities suggests that employers want recent college graduates to be broadly educated. Ninety-three percent said that a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than a job candidate's undergraduate degree. Waldorf graduates demonstrate high levels of these three capacities.
 

 

1853 E. 1600 Road  ˜      Lawrence KS 66044   ˜      785.841.8800   ˜      www.prairiemoon.org
Prairie Moon Waldorf School is a 501(c)3
and a developing member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America