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Waldorf's Otero announces plans to play college basketball

Congrats to Liam Otero of the Sante Fe Waldorf School on signing with Concordia University Chicago's NCAA Division III basketball team! We trust your Waldorf education, especially your Eurythmy classes, helped you cultivate the skills and confidence to make this happen. 

"Last season, Otero helped lead Waldorf to the Class 1A State Tournament and is trying to repeat the achievement in Class 2A with the Desert Academy/Santa Fe Waldorf Wild Wolves."  http://ow.ly/hdER30n6b1O

The Gift of a Lifetime

"Waldorf education is a gift your children will never outgrow and never grow tired of." -- Pat Whitehead, Waldorf School of Baltimore Executive Director​

Looking for a one of a kind gift of a lifetime? Then give your child the gift of Waldorf education! Begin your journey with our Winter Parent & Child classes, starting Thursday, January 10th. These structured play sessions serve as a sweet first stepping stone away from home for your child and parent education and bonding tool for you. http://ow.ly/UFRS30mWN6b

What Straight-A Students Get Wrong

This holiday season resist the urge to compare and contrast your child to others, especially on temporary markers such as grades and test scores.  

"Yes, straight-A students master cramming information and regurgitating it on exams. But career success is rarely about finding the right solution to a problem — it’s more about finding the right problem to solve... If you’re willing to tolerate the occasional B, you can learn... You gain experience coping with failures and setbacks, which builds resilience." http://ow.ly/GjoH30mWThW

The beautiful math of coral

Yesterday we posted a link to handwork templates as a means of entertaining your children, yes, but also as a way to keep their math skills sharp.  

Knit Bluebird of Happiness

Kitty, Cowls, and Bluebirds, oh my Socks!  ​

Looking for fun ways to keep your Waldorf students engaged during the colder months inside and our upcoming holiday break? Then check out these beautiful, free crochet, sewing, and knitting patterns and tutorials. http://ow.ly/2WsC30mU3H4

Parents of Young Children: Put Down Your Smartphones

The importance of having a warm, welcoming, and nourishing early childhood experience cannot be overstated. "In the first three years of life, 80% of a child's brain development occurs. This development is fed through consistent verbal and nonverbal interactions between parents and children."  ​

12 Secrets to Teaching Your Child How to Manage Their Emotions

The holiday season can be a joyous time spent with family and friends. However, sometimes the gift zigs instead of zags, the promised turn to play the new game does not come, and the car trip home is filled with congestion and detours.

Toddlers Want to Help and We Should Let Them

'Tis the season for end-of-year holiday preparation. Instead of finding shortcuts and distractions to keep children from getting "underfoot", let us design meaningful ways for them to contribute. 

The Controversy Over Parents Who Eat Lunch With Their Children at School

Interesting weekend read on the presence and purpose of parents in the school environment, specifically at mealtime.  

"The grade-school lunchroom has long acted as a microcosm of social life. It’s where kids choose whom to sit with, develop friendships, and resolve conflicts. And lunch is one of the few less-supervised periods in most kids’ school days. Over the past several years, however, some school cafeterias have become invaded by a new group: parents." http://ow.ly/Z8Jd30mQsc7

The Beginning of the End of Snow Days

Q: Is this the last generation that will look forward to Snow Days?!