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

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.

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

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.

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!

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:

May the eye of God be upon you.

An Ojo de Dios (Spanish for the Eye of God) symbolizes the ability to see and understand the unseen. The four points represent earth, air, water, and fire. Ojo de Dios have significant historical and cultural meaning for the Huichol Indians of Mexico, the Aymara Indians of what is now Bolivia, and for Navajo Native Americans.

"Handwork is an important element in Waldorf Education, being understood as critical to the intellectual, emotional, and volitional development of the child. "

Children at the Acorn School lovingly weaved Ojo de Dios for their families. Making an Ojo de Dios is sometimes viewed as an expression of prayer from the giver for the recipient to be watched over and protected.

Our Acorn and Elderberry students are busy planting their gardens! We can't wait to tend to our school gardens again where we plant, harvest, and then prepare veggies for our soups and healthy snacks! 🥬🥒🥔🥦🍅🥕

Rooted in the work of Rudolph Steiner, Biodynamics is a "holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition" which integrates "scientific understanding with a recognition of spirit in nature." @biodynamicsbda

⭐💫"There is little value in knowing plants, animals, and minerals, unless, one can find the stars working in everyone of them." ⭐💫
--Rudolf Steiner

Explore how our mixed-age Kindergarten and First Grade program will help your child grow in mind, body, and spirit. Start the conversation today
and email [email protected]

Tonight's "pink moon" is the largest supermoon of 2020! The best viewing time in Charleston, SC is 10:35 pm.

May be let the kids stay up late (just this once 😉) to marvel at the beauty that exists in our world even in times of uncertainty! 🌕🌎♥️

Goetheanum | The Corona Virus

Corona Virus- learn how to prepare your body For veterinarians, corona viruses are part of daily life, but now the corona virus SARS-CoV 2 has crossed the barrier to humans. What is a virus, how does it attack the human organism, and how can we respond?

For more than 100 years, students 1st through 4th grade in Waldorf Schools around the world begin each morning reciting this verse with their classmates and teacher.

Education at our schools integrates a Head, Heart, and Hand learning philosophy of thinking, feeling, doing.

Want to learn if Acorn School is right for your child? Explore our website to find out why Waldorf is the fastest growing independent educational movement in the world.

Children learn to write to read at Waldorf Schools because it offers a "holistic, active and creative approach based on the foundations of the children's rich spoken language development. The child discovers their own voice through movement, form drawing, and storytelling. The magic of the alphabet is invoked in sound, story, and image. Children tell stories and then write them down, which leads organically to reading." --Writing to Reading the Steiner Waldorf Way

In case you need to hear this. You are not homeschooling. You are crisis schooling. Be forgiving and show yourself some grace.

Image credit: KristinLeeHagerArt

Our kindergarten teachers work with the young children by creating a warm, beautiful and loving home-like environment, which is protective and secure and where things happen in a predictable, regular manner.

Please contact us today to explore how our program can serve as an oasis for your family in today’s stressful society. Beginning Fall 2020, we will offer First Grade. If you would like to be a part of this amazing journey, contact us today to schedule your tour! 📲 Our approach has deep respect for the childhood years and understands the psychology and science behind the importance of play for young children 🏀

The Waldorf early childhood teacher strives for a comprehensive understanding of the human being through all stages of development as well as an understanding of each child, arrived at through conscious and careful study.

If you are interested in a Waldorf-inspired learning area, schedule a visit with us! Our website explains more of what we’re about and the play-based learning approach, and you can schedule a tour 📲

Children at the Acorn School and in Waldorf Schools around the world learn to sew beginning in Kindergarten.

There are many reasons why this enriching life skill is taught. Never did we imagine this skill would be so valuable to directly help the front lines of a pandemic.

Waldorf alumni are rising to the call to action and sewing masks for the medical community. Get crafty and learn how you can help by following the video tutorial in the comments.

*Photo and super sewing skills credited to Sharon Bratten, Washington Waldorf School Alumna.

We call Thursdays our “Cinderella Days” because we sweep and tidy up our classroom. Our children and teachers all lend a helping hand.

In our natural, loving and creative environment, our students are given a range of activities and the structure that help prepare them for the next phase of school life.

If you are interested in a Waldorf-inspired learning area, our website explains more of what we’re about and the play-based learning approach📲

Our main teacher Sigrid makes a birthday doll for the five year olds. I’m essence this is how the birthday table at school would look like. Happy birthday to our dear 5 yo kindergarten friend today!

We don’t have homework in kindergarten but with some extra time on our hands skills like these are fun to learn!

It may be 10am but we are making good use of our firewood on this chilly morning. Learning how to make a fire and reflecting on life.

In these times of uncertainty, we are comforted by the timeless words of Rudolf Steiner's Verse for America which speaks of the "inner unity of human beings and of support from the spiritual world for our efforts:"

May our feeling penetrate
into the center of our heart,
and seek, in love, to unite itself
with the human beings seeking the same goal,
with the spirit beings who — bearing grace,
strengthening us from realms of light,
and illuminating our love —
are gazing down upon
our earnest, heartfelt striving.

⁠The Acorn School is holding our children and community close to our hearts.

Happy Friday! It’s Apple Crisp Day. Our students always end the week enjoying a sweet treat. They have so much fun cutting and peeling their own apples and making apple crisp to eat for their snack.

In our natural, loving and creative environment, our students are given a range of activities and the structure that help prepare them for the next phase of school life.

If you are interested in a Waldorf-inspired learning area, schedule a visit with us! Our website explains more of what we’re about and the play-based learning approach, and you can schedule a tour 📲

Our Story

Waldorf mixed aged kindergarten ages 3 to 6

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

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The Acorn School Classroom




95 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC

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Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
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