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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    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…

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    Daily Rhythm

    It was such a joy to have Meagan Wilson of Whole Family Rhythms as a guest on this episode. Meagan is the founder and educator behind Whole Family Rhythms. She is mother to four children and loving wife to Brad. After living ten years in Sydney Australia, they have recently put down new roots in the Canadian countryside just outside of Toronto. After the birth of her first child, Meagan developed an interest in play-based learning, natural parenting and Waldorf Education and went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College. In 2017, under the direction of Kim John Payne and Davina Muse, she…

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    Media & Screen Time: What’s the Waldorf Approach

    What is the Waldorf approach to media and screen exposure? It is, and has been for many years, a strong view that media and screen time should be limited to nothing for very young children and minimal for children in primary school. Although many Waldorf schools are understanding of the difficulty in creating such a limit in today’s world, this viewpoint has stayed fairly consistent. In this episode my fantastic guest, David Sewell McCann and I explore this topic. As a story teller and former Waldorf teacher, David recognizes that early on it’s important to develop an image rich life. Through life experiences, hearing stories, and looking at picture books,…

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    Waldorf in the Home ~TRAILER FOR SEASON 2~

    In this trailer for the second season of Waldorfy, you'll get to hear from a special guest, my husband Tobin! Tobin is a Waldorf alum, he attended a Waldorf school from kindergarten up through grade 12. In this trailer episode he speaks a little about his Waldorf experience and how it has shaped who he is. Also announced in this trailer is our theme for season 2 which is: WALDORF IN THE HOME! We give a little sneak peak into some of the topics and guests of this upcoming season as well as discuss upcoming things going on for Waldorfy. The first episode of season 2, episode 201, will be…

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    Waldorf Public Schools

    In this episode I learn about Waldorf public schools. I speak with guest Mary Goral, Ph.D. all about this growing movement allowing more and more families to experience the Waldorf approach. Mary Barr Goral, Ph.D., began her career in education over 30 years ago. After teaching in the public schools in Bloomington, IN for 11 years, she received both her masters and doctorate in curriculum studies and math education from Indiana University. Dr. Goral taught in higher education for 12 years and works with Public Waldorf schools, coaching and training teachers through her educational organization, Transformational Teaching. Currently, Dr. Goral works as the Waldorf Professional Development Coach for Seaside Community Charter Schools in…

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    How Waldorf Works

    In this episdoe I speak with guest Sarah Lee. Sarah is the mother of three adult children all of whom went to a Waldorf School all the way up through grade 12. Sarah is also the founder of Sarah's Silks. Sarah’s Silks is a family owned company specializing in Waldorf inspired sustainable toys for children. They supply playsilks, capes, fairy dresses, streamers and other toys to Steiner schools, boutique toy shops and families in the USA, Europe, Australia, Japan and many other countries. Below is a really nice video from the Sarah's Silks site introducing Sarah Lee. SUBSCRIBE TO THE WALDORFY PODCAST Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher About this episode: I had…

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    Reading, Writing, and Testing in Waldorf Education

    In this episode I bring Helen Ann Ireland on the show to talk about how reading and writing are taught in the Waldorf approach. We also get into the topic of testing, why there aren’t tests in the early grades, and how students are assessed academically throughout Waldorf education. I loved having Helen Ann on the podcast. She is articulate, super educated on the topics we discussed, and has loads of experience in the Waldorf classroom. In the first part of the episode we cover the topic of reading and how it’s introduced in the Waldorf approach. Helen Ann describes how direct instruction in reading isn’t introduced until  first grade,…