Choosing the right school for your child is a huge decision!
If you’re a Tacoma area parent, and you don’t feel like you’ve found that, “Right fit,” yet, you might want to consider a Waldorf Education. You particularly owe it to yourself to visit Tacoma Waldorf if you feel like your child would be bored or held back from her full potential in a more traditional school setting, or if you have a child you would describe as sensitive or more empathetic than others her age (that’s all good stuff in the right place)!
You’ve likely heard of Waldorf, but if you haven’t been to a Waldorf school, you probably don’t know what makes it unique or how it differs from other approaches.
Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf education is based on a developmental approach that addresses the needs of the growing child and maturing adolescent. Waldorf teachers believe it’s as important to educate a child’s heart and hands as it is to fill his mind.
What does that look like in a school day? Well, Waldorf students are much more likely than students in a, “Regular,” school to be engaged in creative and artistic activities. These aren’t seen as, “Extras,” but as important parts of every day.
Rather than just accumulating facts, Waldorf students are taught to think, reason, examine, and question, while an equally high value is placed on creativity and imagination.
Children learn to read, write, and do math; they study history, geography, and the sciences. However, they also ALL learn to sing, play a musical instrument, draw, paint, model clay, work with wood, speak clearly, act, and work harmoniously and respectfully with others.
At Waldorf the teacher moves up each grade with his/her students, and the class becomes a true family.
If all of this sounds too good to be true, or if it sounds great, but you’re having a hard time imagining it in action, have I got an idea for you!
Tacoma Waldorf is hosting summer camps! They’re open to ALL, they’re a great deal (Seriously!), and they’ll give you a window into the Waldorf experience. Great idea, right?
Camp sessions are affordable and include wholesome snacks, daily art activities, and much more. They also offer a drop-in option, one of the ONLY ones I know about in the Tacoma area. Your kiddo will love his time there.
You can read more about their summer programming here, or here in our more detailed post.
For more information about their school, or to sign up for a tour, you can head here. I also think you’ll want to check out their Facebook page. You can see lots of great pictures and get a sense of the families who have chosen Tacoma Waldorf.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. When you get in touch with our friends at Tacoma Waldorf School, please thank them for their support of Sounds Fun Mom!