“The heart of the Waldorf method is the conviction that education is an art — it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and will must be reached as well as his mind.” Rudolf Steiner
Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm has been teaching students through the Waldorf method for 45 years. Waldorf education got its start 100 years ago by Austrian philosopher and social scientist, Rudolf Steiner, who founded the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart Germany on September 19, 1919.
Today, over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in 80 countries exist around the globe — all united in the missions to engage student’s head, heart, and hands as they develop a love for lifelong learning. This is done by making learning relevant through multidisciplinary curriculum that integrates academics with arts, social learning and practical skills.
Throughout the world, schools have been honoring the upcoming centennial in a variety of ways through social projects and celebrations that honor human values in 21st century education and strengthen our relationship with one another and the earth.
Some of these initiatives include the GreenBee Wildlife Web Projects, the Worldwide Postcard Exchange, The Waldorf Chronicles, Windows Into Waldorf Instagram Campaign, and sharing an amazing series of Waldorf100 Films.
We are planning to hold showings of the four Waldorf 100 films created by Summerfield parent, Paul Zehrer, and a Bee Symposium in the spring of 2020 to bring appreciation and awareness of our beloved bees.
We are very proud to be part of this fast-growing, global, independent school movement. We have no doubt it will celebrate, in another 100 years time, educating our children to be inspiring and effective leaders in our communities and our world.