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The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected

Interesting weekend read on the presence and use of technology in the classroom from a socioeconomic perspective.  ​

"It could happen that the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction." http://ow.ly/qit830mrGu9

See Ourselves, Understand Each Other: Celebrating Día de los Muertos

Beginning with its pronunciation (pronounced DEE-a day loss MWER-toss), Señora Pasion brings stories and poems to each grade. Grades 1 to 3 hear about the excitement of a young girl helping her family with preparations for the upcoming festivities. Grades 4 and 5 use their Spanish Main Lesson books to write about why and how the day is celebrated.

Caramel Corn Clusters

Looking for a last-minute treat that works for Halloween and beyond? Then Epicurious Senior Food Editor and fellow Waldorfian Anna Stockwell (ow.ly/yxWG30mpICk) has you covered!

Dooling: Think before adding technology to classroom

Q: "Should your kindergartener be introduced to technology? What about your first-grader or second-grader? When is the right time to make use of technology in the classroom and in what classes should it be used?"​

Help Kids Become Creators Instead Of Consumers

 

Waldorf education "eschews screens until they are no longer a limitation to children's learning and growth... foster the mastery of the tool rather than have children be subject to it." (Waldorf School of the Penninsula)

This approach ensures children fully understand the creative process, then using this information, build out an elegant solution for the future. http://ow.ly/vHJZ30mkNAD

Making and Playing Bamboo Flutes at Cardiff Steiner School

Wow! We love this program modification from the Cardiff Steiner School in Wales, UK. What a wonderful way to deepen a child's love and appreciation for music. https://vimeo.com/295805040

Strangers in Our Homes: TV and Our Children's Minds

In preparation for tonight's Baltimore Speakers Series lecture with Harvard University Neuroscientist Lisa Genova, here is an insightful (if not sobering) read on the impact of television watching on early brain development. 

Q: "What’s wrong with using television as just entertainment?"

Growing up in a house full of books is major boost to literacy and numeracy, study finds

In keeping with our commitment to the City of Baltimore, we have spent the last several years filling nearby Little Free Libraries (LFL) with gently used books from our school.

We do this because, "exposure to books is an integral part of social practices that foster long-term cognitive competencies spanning literacy, numeracy and [information communication technology] skills... Growing up with home libraries boosts adult skills in these areas beyond the benefits accrued from parental education or own educational or occupational attainment.”

The Health Benefits of Knitting

Looking for a fun way to pass a chilly fall weekend? Then ask your WSB student teach you their latest and greatest Handwork skill! 

You will come away with a greater appreciation for your favorite knitwear piece, the distinct way we teach mathematical concepts, and the depth of understanding our students have tucked into each stitch. Win-Win. http://ow.ly/yGT230mhdQ5

12 old-school skills children shouldn't lose

Thankfully at WSB, and in Waldorf schools across the globe, these 12 "life skills worth keeping around — no matter how old school they may seem," are alive and well! 
 

While seemingly insignificant, weaving competencies, such as telling time, writing cursive, household chores, into our student's lives ensure they well-rounded human beings in addition to stellar scholars and leaders. http://ow.ly/hLF130mg1ns