2013-02-14 17:23:27 - Join Green Meadow Waldorf School to learn how reading is taught in a Waldorf School with a talk by Anna Silber
CHESTNUT RIDGE, NY – Green Meadow Waldorf School hosts Anna Silber on February 27 at 7:30 pm for a discussion on how reading is taught in a Waldorf school. Silber will focus on the way that Waldorf Schools build a foundation for literacy in pre-school, with a rich oral tradition, and on the unique way that Waldorf teachers nurture a lifelong love of reading in their students.
Silber is an experienced Waldorf educator. Currently Director of Education at Sunbridge Institute, she is a former classroom teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School, where she also served as a mentor on the Teacher Development Committee.
Current educational philosophies often support the belief that the sooner something is taught, the better. However, studies show
that children retain information and build skills better when information and challenges are presented at the correct developmental stage, and Waldorf education offers a developmentally appropriate, integrated curriculum.
Silber breaks down literacy into three sections: decoding and writing, understanding meaning and context, and the ability to pay attention and follow stories. Waldorf Education strengthens each area throughout the grades, and develops strong literacy in the lower grades that translates into deep comprehension and strong written and oral skills in later grades
“As a Waldorf School, we are unique in how and when we teach reading,” said Vicki Larson, Director of Communications and Marketing at Green Meadow Waldorf School. “But we know our curriculum meets the unfolding and developing child, who learns to read deeply and leaves school with a love of language.”
For more information on Anna Silber’s talk Literacy the Waldorf Way, visit www.gmws.org/page.cfm?p=530
Nearly 350 students from 13 counties and almost 90 towns attend the independent Green Meadow Waldorf School. Located about 20 miles north of New York City, Green Meadow serves students from nursery school through grade 12.
Waldorf education is the fastest-growing independent school movement worldwide, with 300 schools in the U.S. and nearly 1,000 around the world. The curriculum is based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, who founded the first Waldorf School in Germany in 1919. Green Meadow offers developmentally based, challenging academic coursework infused with the arts. Students are exposed to diverse disciplines and can choose traditional classes such as modern languages and sciences while also learning practical arts, such as knitting, blacksmithing, and woodworking. The school also limits the use of technology and media for younger students, a practice essential to Waldorf Education that is also now understood by researchers as essential to the child's developing brain.
About Green Meadow School and the Waldorf education: Founded in Germany in 1919 by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf Education now includes schools on every continent. Green Meadow Waldorf School is an accredited full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), an association that strengthens and supports Waldorf schools and informs the public of the benefits of Waldorf education. Green Meadow is also an accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), a voluntary association of more than 140 independent schools in the state of New York.
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