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Notes for Prospective Students
The Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork is committed to providing a
safe, beautiful, and nurturing environment where children can
experience the wonder of education and learning.
The school offers
a Preschool and mixed-age Kindergarten for children from 2-1/2 to 6
years old, parent/child classes ("Peas & Carrots") and classes
of 1st through 8th graders.
During early childhood the child is
performing important physical and brain development work, so we
choose not to rush them with academic drills or abstract
Instead, the children's days are filled with both
structured and unstructured activities that exercise powers of
Our two-year Kindergarten program prepares the
children for entry into the Grades where learning and education
unfolds from within each child as they progress through the Grades.
Waldorf Education was founded by Austrian born, Rudolf Steiner, who
was a educator, scientist and philosopher.
He also created Eurythmy
and biodynamic farming, one of the earliest forms of organic
None of us can predict what information our children will
need to know twenty years from now, however we do know that to be
successful they will need the ability to think and solve problems.
Waldorf education is based on an understanding that key to
developing problem solving skills for the 21st century is an active
imagination and a commitment to pursuing one's purpose in life.
Waldorf teachers understand that children pass through distinct
stages of development and that both the subject matter and manner
in which it is taught need to be specific to the age of a growing
This understanding distinguishes Waldorf education from
other approaches to education.
Ideally, the Grades teacher moves
forward with the class each year so that an extended family is
created to help children transition through these stages in a
The development model is inspired by the thoughts
and writings of the visionary educator, scientist, and philosopher,