The Acorn School of Charleston

The Acorn School of Charleston


Eye catching headline in the Washington Post - although the article doesn’t discuss the benefits of alternatives to high pressure education like Waldorf, they did mention that researchers start seeing these stresses effecting children as young as elementary school.
Key takeaway: “Adolescents who believed that both of their parents valued character traits as much as or more than achievement exhibited better outcomes at school, greater mental health and less rule-breaking behavior than peers who believed their parents were primarily achievement-minded, the researchers found.”

Charleston SC is taking applications for its 1st Waldorf School, The Acorn School. We have a mixed age kindergarten, parent child class and 1st grade begins fall 2020

Imagine an education with open ended toys and hard wiring imagination.

Waldorf mixed aged kindergarten ages 3 to 6 and First Grade August 2020

Operating as usual

Timeline Photos 01/20/2021

The sweetness of a first grader.

The sweetness of a first grader.


The Acorn School’s unofficial mascot, Screechy, has returned to our Palmetto tree. Oh happy day.


Photos from The Acorn School of Charleston's post


The wee folk have arisen early to be sure to see the Advent Garden Ceremony this morning.


The Lantern Walk Festival lives. Our traditional potluck festival at the farm were canceled. This photo depicts a modern example of human resilience. Thanks to the teachers that made this happen.


Blue moon on Folly Beach.


First grade + Halloween = FUN


First Grade FUN.


Book time under the new pergola.


The beauty of an outdoor Kindergarten! Timely too.


Celebrating courage through puppetry! A Waldorf tradition.


Covid cannot stop our Rose Ceremony. The first graders leave their parents, walk across the bridge, and receive a rose from their new teacher. Once everyone has a Rose, Mrs Collins led them into the classroom and told them their first story. Welcome all first grade families!


Charleston County school re-opening recommendations have been announced.

🤯Stressed about school options? Worried about online classrooms, hybrid learning, or A/B schedules for your young child?⁣ ⁣

Need a solution?⁣ 💭

The Acorn School is enrolling NOW for classroom-based First Grade!⁣ 🙌

First Grade 2020 is limited to 10 students⁣ 👩‍🎓

Only 4 spaces remaining!⁣ ⏱️

Classical Education through artistic and creative learning⁣ 🎨

Spanish & German Language Lessons⁣ 🇪🇸🇩🇪

Organic/Biodynamic Gardening & Outdoor Classroom⁣ 🌄

Music Instruction, Movement/Dance Class, & Handwork Lessons⁣ 🎶👯🧶

Holistic "Head, Heart, Hands" Approach⁣ 🧠👐❤️

Celebrating 100 years of Waldorf Education⁣ 🏫

Learn more and schedule a private tour


Today is the SC Primary! 🗳️

Did you vote? ☑️

Every vote matters.
Every vote counts.

"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who don't vote." --George Jean Nathan

"Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world." --Sharon Salzberg


Talk about Racism. Books for younger children to help explain racism:

"The Colors of Us" by Karen Katz⁣

"Let’s Talk About Race" by Julius Lester⁣

"The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism" by Pat Thomas⁣

Sesame Street's "We're Different, We're the Same" by Bobbi Jane Kates⁣

"Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice" by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard⁣

"I Am Enough" by Grace Byers⁣

"Happy in Our Skin" by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia⁣

"Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement" by Carole Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes⁣

"Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America" by Jennifer Harvey⁣

"Daddy Why Am I Brown?: A healthy conversation about skin color and family" by Bedford F. Palmer⁣

"A Terrible Thing Happened" by Margaret Holmes⁣

“Antiracist Baby" by Ibram X. Kendi⁣


💭 Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. --Albert Einstein.⁣

Waldorf dolls are simple, yet beautiful. They are handmade with natural materials and intentionally without detailed faces. This encourages children to use their imaginations as the dolls have no "set" expression of emotion or preconceived actions. It is up to the child to imagine how many different ways a doll can be used as a plaything and imitate real life. ⁣

Creating a beautiful and natural environment that cultivates children's imaginations is a critical component of Waldorf kindergarten and our classroom. ⁣

Ready to see for yourself? Schedule a private tour 📲 🗓️


Happy Mother's Day 💐⁣

In honor of all the like-a-mom and moms who are the "stable bows."⁣

Kalil Gibran's On Children:⁣

Your children are not your children.⁣
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.⁣
They come through you but not from you,⁣
and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.⁣

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,⁣
For they have their own thoughts.⁣
You may house their bodies but not their souls,⁣
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.⁣
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.⁣

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.⁣
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.⁣
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far .⁣
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;⁣
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He also loves the bow that is stable. 05/08/2020

Stories — SUSAN PERROW ... Therapeutic Storyteller / Author / Consultant

Enjoy this Story called "A Little Gnome that has to Stay Home". Waldorf education is about creating smooth transitions amongst many other things like the arts, nature and play.
Check out the Acorn School- Kindergarten and 1st grade programs A story and poem for little children in this Covid 19 time - click here - you can extend it with your children by making a picture book, creating a puppet show, dancing it, making music for it, acting it out, and many other kinds of activities for ‘at home’ life 05/07/2020

Acorn School Relief Fund organized by Lee Stevens

Dear friends of the Acorn School:

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting all of our lives. We are coping with the collective grief for the losses of life, jobs, school, normalcy, and connection. Our children and children everywhere are also experiencing the impact of these losses.

Please help us ensure children can return to the protective, nurturing, and loving environment created at the Acorn School by making a contribution towards critical funds needed to help secure the school's future.

Thank you for considering a donation or sharing our GoFundMe campaign. Why we're asking for your helpChildren across the globe are suffering the absence of their school… Lee Stevens needs your support for Acorn School Relief Fund


Childhood Unplugged 🏞️⁣

We believe play is the work of childhood and the best play is mixed with nature.⁣

Is your family ready for a different kind of education? ⁣

Now enrolling for Kindergarten and First grade 2020. ⁣

Schedule a virtual tour of our indoor and outdoor classrooms


At Acorn School, we believe that it's important to connect with nature and nurture it. We plant a seed and receive its beauty in abundance. Then we get to share it with our friends and eat delicious snacks.
Check us out for our 3-6 year old program and 1st Grade Fall 2020


Here We Go Round the May Pole High 🎶

The children received wonderful "make-at-home" kits delivered by their teacher to create beautiful woven crowns with fresh flowers to wear as they dance around their own May poles that symbolize the tree of life. 🌸👑

Happy May Day!


Do you seek a creative play-based education where the whole child is supported and nurtured. Check out Acorn School of Charleston.

For fun we pick mint from our herb garden and make sun tea. pick, muddle and set in the sun. Drink warm or over ice with honey and lemon. 04/29/2020

Why (and how) to make space for play

The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood presents "Why and How to Make Space of Play"


Endless Possibilities💭⁣⁣
Imaginative play is at the heart of Waldorf Kindergarten education and is believed to be the key to creative thinking later in life. ⁣⁣
Cardboard boxes are amazing props to fuel imagination. These boxes have been transformed into "slug terrariums," mini-cities with "dream homes," and even a solar-powered oven! ⁣⁣
Children at the Acorn School are given ample time daily for unstructured play where they are inspired to make sense of the world through active and creative thinking. ⁣⁣
So, let them play. You might be surprised at what happens when adults step out of the way and let children's imaginations run wild! ⁣⁣
Find out if the Acorn School is right for your child. Now accepting applications for Fall 2020.


Yummm, fresh baked bread! 🍞

Baking bread is a long-standing tradition and ritual as part of a loving rhythm in Waldorf Kindergartens. It is a time of gathering around the table to share songs, stories, and food in the joy and spirit of community. ⁣

We've been seeing a lot of folks inspired to try baking bread at home. If you're not ready take on the quarantine sourdough starter and bread challenge (whoa, harder than you might think) try our much easier and delicious recipe for Acorn School bread rolls! ⁣

This is an engaging activity for all ages! ⁣

Waldorf students: baking bread since forever.


The Windflower Fairy
By Cicely Mary Barker

While human-folk slumber,
The fairies espy
Stars without number
Sprinkling the sky.
The Winter’s long sleeping,
Like night-time, is done;
But day-stars are leaping
To welcome the sun.
Star-like they sprinkle
The wildwood with light;
Countless they twinkle—
The Windflowers white!


Happy Earth Day 2020! 🌎🌱❤️

Today we mark 50 years of Earth Day by honoring Mother Earth with this traditional Waldorf verse.

Children in our kindergarten cultivate a deep reverence for nature and honor our interconnectedness to the world through play-based experiential learning.

The Acorn School's outdoor classroom is truly one-of-a-kind in Charleston. Limited space available for Fall 2020. Visit our website to learn more! 04/20/2020

The Importance of Productive Solitude

From AWSNA ~ As many of us are engaging in social distancing, we offer this blog on the virtues of solitude. Somewhere in the 20th century, the idea of solitude became confused with loneliness, but virtues of solitude have been extolled for centuries.
Learning to be alone in productive and comfortable ways, is important for our children, adolescents and selves. We must give children opportunities to be alone, and even restless, with their thoughts and imaginations, so they learn to become comfortable with themselves and learn to make genuine connections with others.


Have fun with sweet little finger plays and learn how they can enhance your relationship with your child! Simple play is what we do in the early years in our mixed age kindergarten. By the way our first grade begins this Fall.

Click here to learn more:
By Lifeways


Happy Child, Happy Home

Family fun games presented by a waldorf teacher for children

I know we are all home - listen to me speak about 7 fun family games (which require nothing) that the whole family can enjoy to bring a little laughter to Easter at home - and memories for children. Enjoy!

Choose some to play over the next few days and share if I can help inspire and support others ❤️

Lou Harvey-Zahra - author of ‘Happy Child, Happy Home’; ‘Creative Discipline, Connected Family’ and ‘Growing Children, Thriving Children’ 🙏 Availsble everywhere online ❤️
All book available on Shop Now button on this page!


Waldorf education follows a daily rhythm that holds a safe space for the children for they can expect what happens next. This creates great security for the child. Check out Acorn School
Here are some ideas by Life Ways for your days at home:

Our Story

Waldorf mixed aged kindergarten ages 3 to 6

August 2020 we will have a 1st grade the start to our elementary school!

Videos (show all)

Every Thursday we bake our own bread rolls 🍞 Our students knead the dough, and while we’re waiting for the bread to cook...
Jumping for joy since it’s FriYAY!
What is your favorite jump rope rhyme? Our students love utilizing outdoor time to get active! Our program is inspired b...
Our teachers are dedicated to fostering a genuine love of learning in each child 👩‍🏫 Our school is inspired by Waldorf e...
Jumping and balancing!
The Acorn School Classroom



private school, Waldorf education, mixed-aged kindergarten, future 1 st grade and grade school



95 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC

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Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
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