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Lake Champlain Waldorf School

Po Box 250
Shelburne, VT 05482-0250

(802) 985-2827


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Waldorf

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Lake Champlain Waldorf School is part of the international, independent Waldorf School movement, committed to realizing the unique possibilities of each child.

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), the Austrian-born scientist, philosopher, artist and educator, founded the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919. Steiner conceived the curriculum to nourish children's love of learning and to develop in them the necessary strength and flexibility to meet the challenges of adulthood in a difficult time in history. Since then, Steiner's innovative, educational system has grown into a worldwide movement. Today there are more than 750 Waldorf schools in over 48 countries, each one created by its own faculty and parents. What joins these schools is the teachers' shared dedication to the Waldorf curriculum and the parents' conviction that their children are receiving the best possible education, helping them become socially responsible, clear-thinking, free individuals.

The Lake Champlain Waldorf School offers a classical education with a clearly defined curriculum that develops and balances all aspects of the student: intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual. Academics are taught in three-week blocks during which the children create their own text or 'main lesson books.' The teachers interweave their lessons with regular artistic activities such as painting, movement, drawing, recorder playing and singing. Instrumental and choral instruction play a key role in the artistic work. From first through eighth grade, the students learn two foreign languages, French and German. Physical education begins in kindergarten with games and daily periods outside. In the older grades, students participate in team sports and outdoor adventure programs. Students also learn handwork skills such as knitting and sewing, and woodworking. The spiritual aspect of the child is nourished through the teachers' shared understanding of each child as a spiritual being.

A key aspect of the Waldorf philosophy lies in Steiner's curriculum designed to complement and enhance the three major stages of childhood as he distinguished them. A Waldorf teacher appreciates the rhythms and cycles that govern the growth of the child, and introduces elements of the curriculum to match not only the children's intellectual needs but also their emotional and physical needs.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"The kindergarten and morning garden days begin with free play, a creative, unstructured time that is the heart of the children's day. Children follow their imagination and strengthen their creativity. They develop social skills, learning to listen, share, help and respect each other. A daily activity is offered such as painting, baking, drawing, beeswax modeling and craft activities.
After clean-up comes circle where the teacher leads the children in singing seasonal songs, reciting verses and poems, playing finger games and making rhythmic movements.
Quiet time follows this active time to give the children a few minutes to relax. A nourishing snack, that children have helped to prepare, follows and then they go outdoors for some rousing play. To end the morning, the teacher tells a fairy tale or a nature story, that is repeated for a week or two, allowing the children to truly absorb its images and bring it into their play."
Excerpted from the preschool's website