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Spring at Waldorf

Spring at Waldorf

Spring Festival

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Roald Dahl

Spring has arrived and with it all the bubbling joy of warmer days and new growth. It is a time of exuberance, renewed energy, and, yes, even a bit of magic.

On Wednesday, Children's Garden Families enjoyed a whimsical journey through the Waldorf woods where they chanced to meet Mother Earth, Father Sun, Sister Rain and Brother Wind, each of whom presented the children with a most special gift - a seed to plant, sun and water to help it grow, and a cheerful warm wind to encourage its growth.

At the Waldorf School of Baltimore, our early childhood program is called the "Children’s Garden" to signify a protected space, carefully tended, where our earliest learners are safe and secure in their surroundings. It is an environment that is child-centered, story rich, and nature-immersed.

What a wonderful way to learn and grow.

These were just a few of the keen observations which ignited imaginations and incited exciting discussions among WSB's grade one students, seen here, on their weekly nature walk this week.

The approach to science in the early grades starts with imaginative nature walks and stories. Time in nature builds in children the sense of wonder and curiosity that is the essential foundation for the more in depth studies of botany, mineralogy, plant life, mycology, and zoology which will emerge in later elementary school.

So while this may look like just a walk in the woods, we at Waldorf know it is anything but.

What a wonderful way to learn and grow.

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