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Red River Waldorf

 

WHAT IS STEINER EDUCATION?

 

Dr Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, scientist and educationalist, who advocated an holistic approach to education, nurturing children to become balanced, well-rounded individuals. The curriculum responds to the children’s needs as they develop their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual faculties.

In the early years, emphasis is placed on encouraging children’s natural enthusiasm and sense of wonder, allowing them time and space to mature through homely activities, creative play and self-motivated inquiry. In today's fast moving society, childhood deserves to remain unhurried.

Our Curriculum

We are a unique initiative that has developed from a Waldorf  Inspired Home Education setting. Our organisation has grown rapidly from a small parent lead group. We are now a registered charity run by trustees, qualified teachers and experienced volunteers. Red River Waldorf is non profit making and has no external funding.

 

Social and Emotional Learning

Emotional intelligence and a sense of community responsibility is important to us. Children take part in regular class discussion, relaxation, meditation and youth satsang.

Out door learning

Unless conditions are extreme, children spend time in free play and learning out of doors every day.

Music

 We use music and singing to develop movement, mindfulness, teamwork and play. Children play the recorder weekly, sing daily and can take part in violin and flute tuition.

Drama

Children of all ages at Red River take part in weekly drama classes and often share their presentations. 

Movement

Movement of the limbs is an essential part of learning. We aim to bring movement to every lesson, from maths to French verbs.

Art and Craft

The Steiner Waldorf curriculum is rich in the creative and practical Arts. Painting and drawing are integral to the learning. The children create beautiful, colourful exercise books to record their work. Craft projects and hand work also make up part of the week.

Languages

All age groups at Red River have weekly lessons in either Spanish, French or German. 

Science

During the lower school, sciences are embedded in the main lesson topics. From the age of eleven, children have weekly science classes.

 

THINKING, FEELING, WILLING - head, heart and hands.

Learning in a Waldorf setting aims to equally include all three of these elements of the human being, creating balance between logical, conceptual thought, the emotions and personal ideas and the ability to productively activate and actualise the will.

THE THREE R's 

The three Rs of the Waldorf education setting are reverence, rhythm and repetition.

REVERENCE We encourage a sense of wonder and appreciation so that children learn to recognise and love beauty, balance and respect. The festivals remind us that these things are worth making time for in our lives.

RHYTHM The learning day is balanced so that it retains freshness and does not become stale. The rhythm of the day alternates between high energy, quiet time, focused thought, free play, listening and doing, observing and creating.

REPETITION The young child thrives within the secure mantle of repetition and gains much from familiarity, secure boundaries and thoroughness. They love to hear the same story over and over! Repetition balances the speedy changes that the developing child encounters on a daily basis and gives a point of reference.