The first Waldorf school began in Germany in 1919 when industrialist, Emil Molt, asked Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian philosopher, scientist, artist, and educator, to develop a school for he children of the workers in his factory. Dr. Steiner gave indications for a curriculum that would prepare young people to meet the challenges of the future. Steiner taught teachers how to observe children physically, emotionally, and spiritually and to create meaningful lessons filled with living pictures that would deeply touch the students in their hearts, minds, and bodies. Today there are over 800 Waldorf schools worldwide with over 100 in North America.
The integration of the arts and academic subjects is a unique feature of Waldorf schools. Art matures the soul of the adult as well as the child. Art can awaken the human being to the secrets of life. Every person, even those who feel they have no artistic ability, has the possibility of awaking a sleeping creative artist within! Throughout the four years, classes are given in painting, drawing, music, speech, drama, spatial dynamics, and Eurythmy.
The Waldorf School
Waldorf education places as much emphasis on creatively as it does on academic content. Indications given by Steiner serve as a catalyst for teachers to begin to develop a deeper understanding of the subject to be taught and to work in freedom out of one’s own creativity to develop their lessons. The teacher training course will explore the Waldorf curriculum in kindergarten, lower school, and high school and will strive to awaken a reverence for beauty and a sense for truth in the teacher.