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Seattle Waldorf School

2728 NE 100th Street
Seattle, WA 98125

(206) 524-5320


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf

From the Director:

Waldorf Education: Waldorf education embraces the whole child: heart, hands, and mind. It is based on the understanding of the developing human being as described by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher and educator, who founded the first Waldorf school in 1919. Today, Steiner’s approach to education is the foundation for our curriculum and methods at the Seattle Waldorf School, as it is for Waldorf schools around the world. Waldorf education regards the child as an integrated being whose physical, emotional, and mental capacities need nourishment and cultivation for healthy growth. It considers art, music, and handcrafts to be as important as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Academic studies are therefore enlivened and balanced with artistic and social activities, and each lesson engages the student’s need for doing, feeling, and thinking. In addition to such core subjects as language and literature, mathematics, and the natural and social sciences, each student also learns to knit, sew, model with clay, work with wood, plant and tend a garden, play a stringed instrument, recite poetry, paint, sing, engage in plays and eurythmy, and play the recorder. Waldorf education seeks to create individuals who have a reverence for nature, a respect for others, and a love for learning. Through their experiences, Waldorf students become adults who can flourish wherever their imagination leads them. (excerpted from school website)

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity more

More Information

  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Mission Statement:
Our intention is to educate independent thinking people who will meet life with courage and respond with initiative and creativity to the needs of the world and their fellow human beings.

A Typical Day

The Seattle Waldorf School’s Marigold Preschool offers young children nourishment for their imaginations, physical challenges for their bodies and a loving, beautiful environment for their hearts.

Every morning the Marigolds enjoy being outside and inside. Splashing in puddles, marveling at the budding daffodils, or running with the winds brings a glow to their round cheeks. Indoor time gives the children time to learn to play together. Homemade snacks keep them fueled for mornings filled with movement and fun.

Daily Rhythm:

Indoor play and craft or cooking tasks
Story, songs and finger games led by the teacher
Warm snack
Free play outside

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

There are monthly parent evenings held throughout the school year. This is a time for sharing questions and resources. We explore the foundations of Waldorf early childhood education. Private annual conferences offer parents time to discuss in-depth their child’s development alone with the teacher.

(from school website)