1408 Crozet Ave
Crozet, VA 22932-2717
" In the social and economic chaos that followed World War I, Emil Molt, a German industrialist and manager of the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory, called upon his friend, the philosopher, Rudolf Steiner, to formulate a new kind of education. Both men believed that to affect a renewal of human societies, education must change. The prevailing social mode that viewed education as the provenance of the state must be replaced by the perception of education as a "cultural deed."
Schooled in modern science and philosophy, Steiner was a spiritual thinker whose articulated philosophy is commonly called Anthroposophy. While Anthroposophy is not taught at Waldorf schools, it does inform the curriculum and methodology, which recognize the need to respect both the material and spiritual realities of all humans. Waldorf schools thus strive to educate not only the intellect, but also the child's full and essential humanity—his or her ability to feel and to do, as well as to think. The Waldorf curriculum also recognizes that our common humanity develops in clear, predictable and understandable stages, which should be honored, not rushed through.
Since the first Waldorf school opened in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1919, Waldorf education has spread throughout Europe and the United States (the first American Waldorf school opened in New York City in 1928) and now exists in 45 countries. At last count, there were nearly 1,000 schools and 1,200 kindergartens worldwide. Each school is self-administered and independent, but follows the essential curriculum designed by Steiner and utilizes his insights into human development.
Excerpted from the preschool's website