The Waldorf Approach

Exploring the unique aspects of the Waldorf education. Particularly the Waldorf approach to different subjects in the Waldorf curriculum

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    Seventh Grade and the Seventh Grader

    Returning guest Anne Clair Goodman speaks with me in this episode all about seventh grade and the seventh grader. Similar to the other episodes in this season, we spend most of our discussion focused on how the curriculum of the seventh grade meets the twelve and thirteen year old where they're at. We also continued our discussion on media and screen time that we begun in our conversation about the sixth grade. Subscribe to the Waldorfy podcast Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher     Special thanks to Waldorfy podcast supporter Palumba! Support Waldorfy on Patreon Patreon Follow Waldorfy on Socail Media TwitterFacebookInstagram

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    Sixth Grade and the Sixth Grader

    Subscribe to the Waldorfy PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher For this episode I was so fortunate to get to speak with incredible guest, Anne Clair Goodman all about sixth grade and the sixth grader. The experience for the sixth grader is so different than any age or grade we've talked about this season. The twelve year change, which we discuss in this episode, is a challenging developmental shift that may be just beginning in the sixth grade but generally continues into the teenage years. In addition to speaking about the blocks in the sixth grade curriculum we also speak about media and screen time as that can also be an interesting component…

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    Fifth Grade and the Fifth Grader

    In this episode experienced Waldorf teacher Jen Kershaw and I explore fifth grade within a Waldorf school. We discuss the Waldorf fifth grade curriculum, how it uniquely meets the fifth grader where they're at, and much more! Subscribe to the Waldorf PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher More about Jen Kershaw... Jen Kershaw has a B.A. in Acting/Theater Performance from the University of South Florida, a Masters of Science in Education from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch University New England. In the theater world, she performed with Metro Theater Company from St. Louis, Missouri, performing and teaching workshops across the United States. Jen has been teaching…

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    Fourth Grade and the Fourth Grader

    What happens after the nine year change? Guest Angela Lindstrom and I are discussing what the nine/ten year old is going through developmentally during the fourth grade year. We talk about the changes that the fourth grader is experiencing at this age, how the adults in their lives can be supporting guides in their lives, as well as how the Waldorf fourth grade curriculum works to engage the fourth grader where they're at developmentally. Subscribe to the Waldorfy PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher More about Angela Lindstrom... Angela grew up in a little house in the big woods of Ohio, playing beside the gently flowing waters of the Little Miami River. The…

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    Second Grade and the Second Grader

    In this episode I’m speaking with experienced Waldorf teacher Michael Gannon all about “Second Grade and the Second Grader”. Subscribe to the Waldorfy Podcast Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher Michael has been working at the Spring Garden Waldorf School, near Akron, Ohio, for the past 17 years. Though he didn’t know anything about Waldorf education or anthroposophy when he first interviewed for his position, the deep consciousness about why things were done quickly drew him in. The thoughtful study of the development of the human being, and a living interest in helping students to grow toward freedom, has been a welcome source of challenge to Michael every day. Michael has been grateful…

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    First Grade and the First Grader

    How do you know a child is ready for first grade at a Waldorf school? What happens on the first day of first grade in a Waldorf school? What does a Waldorf student learn in first grade? These are all things we dive into in this episode featuring my guest, experienced Waldorf teacher, Lori Kran. Subscribe to the Waldorf PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher Lori Kran, PhD, US History, Waldorf certification from WTDA, Ann Arbor, MI. Lori has been a class teacher at the Cincinnati Waldorf School since 1995, she has taken two cycles through the grades, and is currently teaching in her third cycle. Additionally, Lori teaches US History and Civics…

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    Season 5 Trailer Introducing “Waldorf Through the Grades”

    In this special trailer episode I'm introducing the theme for the fifth season of the show: "Waldorf Through the Grades". Throughout this season I'll be hosting seasoned Waldorf teachers to talk with me about each grade on it's own starting with grade one continuing through grade eight. We'll be discussing the different developmental stages of the child as they pass through each grade and dive deeper into the curriculum and how it works to meet the needs of the developing child. Also in this trailer I brought my husband, Tobin, back on the show. We talk about his Waldorf experience, and how it often was quite different than mine, as…

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    Waldorf Walls: Color and the Lazure Technique

    Check Out Our Incredible Waldorfy Supporter! Palumba believes that imaginative, open-ended play with simple toys, crafted from beautiful, natural material offers children warmth and a sense of well-being when discovering their world. Growing up attending a Waldorf school, one of the things I would look forward to most at the end of the year was the excitement of getting to move into a new classroom the following year. The next grade always felt so much more cool, and moving to a new classroom meant moving into a room of a new color! If you've attended a Waldorf school, or have had a child attend one, you may…

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    Anthroposophy ~TRAILER FOR SEASON 3~

    This trailer was so fun to create and so different than any episode I've done before. I am most excited to announce the theme for season 3 which is.... Anthroposophy! It's a huge topic, but something I've really wanted to do a deep dive in for a while. To give you a quick explanation of the relationship between anthroposophy and Waldorf education, I make a comparison  of anthroposophy being like a tree. Waldorf education is like a branch of that tree. Then there are other things that the founder of Waldorf education Rudolf Steiner had developed views on as well. Things like biodynamic farming, social finance, medicine, and these are…

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    Waldorf At Home

    Check Out Our Incredible Waldorfy Supporter! Palumba believes that imaginative, open-ended play with simple toys, crafted from beautiful, natural material offers children warmth and a sense of well-being when discovering their world. In this episode I speak with Rahima Baldwin Dancy author of, “You Are Your Child’s First Teacher”. I felt so honored that Rahima accepted my invitation to speak on the show. She had so much wisdom to share. Rahima is internationally known as the author of You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, based on the indications of Rudolf Steiner for early childhood (birth to age six).  The book came out in a new US edition in 2012…