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Teachers we admire: Raquel Castilla

Teachers, may we know them, love them, and adequately appreciate them! Great feature on Spanish teacher Raquel Castilla of the Santa Fe Waldorf School. ​

“Inspiring youth is the only thing that feels meaningful to me as a job in the world right now. It’s very important to me that young people feel inspired about the world and inspired to change it.”

In Search of Lost Screen Time

What could you do with your time, money, and resources, if you and your family gave up your phones for a day? A week? A month? A year?

Reading: The Ultimate Superpower

Q. What is the world' s Ultimate Superpower? 

A. " It’s reading, of course. [It] gives us the ability to go to the moon, travel through time, fight harrowing battles, and live amongst royalty. With it, we can warp reality, solve complex scientific equations, build skyscrapers, cure diseases, and ultimately, change the course of our future!"

Panda Bear shares new single “Token”

Music for your weekend! ​

"Animal Collective’s Panda Bear (experimental artist and WSB Class of '92 alumni Noah Lennox) is set to return in just under a month with his new solo album, Buoys."

How to raise a child who cares

Weekend To Do list: Focus on "right now". 

"Empathy and caring are skills to be learned... The most important parenting work is done not only when we have serious, meaningful conversations with our kids, but just as often when we simply play with them, read to them, argue with them, joke with them, or hang out together."

Pasadena Waldorf Names Jena L. Hoffman New Business Administrator

Congratulations to the Pasadena Waldorf School community on the addition of their new Business Administrator Jena L. Hoffman! We wish Ms. Hoffman and our friends and colleagues at PWS many years of healthy growth and happy success. 

I’m a Developer. I Won’t Teach My Kids to Code, and Neither Should You.

Education trends come and go. However, the importance of nurturing your child's curiosity, imagination, and comfort with the unknown will never change.

"Coding is not the new literacy... There are no books that teach you how to solve a problem no one has seen before. This is why I don’t want my kids to learn syntax. I want them to learn to solve problems, to dive deep into an issue, to be creative. So how do we teach that?"

The Case for Creative Play in a Digital Age

Weekends are the perfect time to disconnect from electronics and reconnect over "low-tech" toys, books, and games. Heed the American Academy of Pediatrics word of advice and swap all those bells and whistles for sticks and nature walks in our Saturday Parent and Child class! 

Speaking to Your Baby in This Particular Way Can Help Their Language Skills

Dive into parenting topics, such as how to speak to your baby, with our weekday Parent and Child classes, starting today! ​

Q. What is "Parentese"?

A. "It’s not baby-talk or made-up speech. Instead, it’s the way you talk to your baby — the sounds your voice makes, the intonation, and how clearly you speak. To speak parentese you need to slow down, exaggerating vowels and upping intonation. Real vocabulary is more than acceptable: It’s necessary."