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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.


About this episode:

I had so much fun in this interview with Sarah Lee! We discovered that our families have so much in common and it was a total joy getting to know her.

In the beginning of this episode Sarah first explains how she found Waldorf education for her family. She talks about aspects of the Waldorf community that she enjoyed coming into as a parent and then moves on to discuss how she started Sarah’s Silks.

One of the things I enjoyed most about my discussion with Sarah is her honesty. Sarah talks about how different each of her children are and how their Waldorf education met their needs as they went through their Waldorf journey. She had one son who came to reading later, and as Sarah tells me, “It was a little nerve racking.” She says she trusted her son’s teacher who said he’d be just fine, and he was. He was reading above grade level by 6th grade. To contrast this experience, Sarah has another son who was reading in first grade and as he went through the grades became quite advanced at math. Sarah mentions how she loved how this son’s class teacher creatively met her students needs. Not only did this class teacher bring in the high school math teacher to insure her advanced students were challenged, but she also had them learning advanced knitting patterns to complement their math learning.

Sarah goes on to talk about her company Sarah’s Silks and the benefits of open ended play.


  • Jennifer Longstreet

    Love the podcast! I am sending my son to a Waldorf school in September and enjoying learning more about The philosophy behind the practice. Am I too late to enter to win the gift certificate to Sarah’s Silks?

    • waldorfy

      So glad to hear that you’re loving Waldorfy. Yes our giveaway is closed now, but we will probably run another one at some point in season 2. Stay tuned.