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Meadowbrook Waldorf School

300 Kingstown Rd
West Kingston, RI 02892

Phone:
(401) 491-9570
ext228

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Meadowbrook Waldorf School is an elementary school for children in Early Childhood through grade 8. We also offer parenting and adult education classes. We are an Independent School licensed by the state of RI, a member of the Independent Schools Association of RI (ISARI), and a voting member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). Our campus has 28 acres of woods, streams, magical glades and enticing hills on Route 138 in Richmond, RI. We enjoy showing off our school so contact us for a tour.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Waldorf

From the Director:

Free, imaginative play is the heart of the Early Childhood program, developing capacities for creative thinking, problem solving and social skills. Simple, natural materials encourage children to form their own stories and games. Balancing free play with structured activities, the children engage in movement, water color painting, handwork and seasonal crafts. Hearing stories told aloud and watching puppet plays cultivate the imagination and strengthen the ability to listen and concentrate. Songs and nursery rhymes inspire a love of language and music. Baking bread, eating together, and cleaning up afterwards encourage cooperation, a sense of responsibility and lay the foundations for organizational skills and academic readiness. All these activities enrich the early childhood experience in daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms that create a bridge from home to school.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

The Early Childhood teacher in a Waldorf school works with the young child first by creating a warm, beautiful and loving home-like environment, which is protective and secure and where things happen in a predictable, regular manner. Here the teacher responds to the child in two basic ways. First, the teacher engages in domestic, practical and artistic activities which the children can readily imitate (for example, baking, painting, gardening, and handicrafts), adapting the work to the changing seasons and festivals of the year. Second, the teacher nurtures the children's power of imagination particular to the age. He/she does so by telling carefully selected stories and by encouraging free play. This free and fantasy play, in which children act out scenarios of their own creation, helps them to experience many aspects of life more deeply. When toys are used, they are made of natural materials. Pine cones, wood, cotton, silk, shells, stones and other objects from nature that the children themselves have collected are used in play and to beautify the room.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Mission of the Meadowbrook Waldorf School is educating children from Early Childhood through 8th Grade, and supporting the development of a high school and a learning community of children and adults. Through the education offered at this school, children are supported in unfolding their individual capacities for living in the modern world, so that as free human beings, they may take up their life's tasks. This classical academic education embraces the child through movement, practical work, artistic training, and through entering thoughtfully into the story of humankind. The origin of this education lives in the understanding of the whole human being as body, soul and spirit; the pedagogy is based upon the work of Rudolf Steiner, and has grown into the worldwide Waldorf school movement.
Meadowbrook Waldorf School strives to offer this education to those who seek it here and invites a community which reflects the breadth and diversity of humanity. This school endeavors to nurture living organizational structures which cultivate respect, trust and love for the developing human being.
The members of the Meadowbrook Waldorf School community support the mission of this school and contribute their activities so that the ideals of Waldorf education may have a certain and secure future in Rhode Island."

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school