The Acorn School of Charleston

Charleston SC is taking applications for its 1st Waldorf School, The Acorn School. Imagine an education with open ended toys and hard wiring imagination

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

Every Thursday we bake our own bread rolls 🍞 Our students knead the dough, and while we’re waiting for the bread to cook, they enjoy quite time in the classroom 🤫

We sing a few songs 🎶 wash our hands 🧼 and then it’s time to eat 🍴

Our students serve each other by delivering bowls of bread and filling up each other’s water cups 🚰

We value the development of the whole child: mind, body and spirit 💫

Please contact us today to explore how our program can serve as an oasis for your family in today’s stressful society. Our preschool kindergarten program is one of a kind in the Charleston area 📲

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/contact-us/

We have our own little dandelion here today 🌼

Tuesdays are our “Cinderella” Days, meaning these are our days for cleaning, ironing, and sometimes even sewing!

We value the development of the whole child: mind, body and spirit.

Please contact us today to explore how our program can serve as an oasis for your family in today’s stressful society. Our preschool kindergarten program is one of a kind in the Charleston area 📲

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/contact-us/

Jumping for joy since it’s FriYAY!

We are looking to hire a Lead Kindergarten Teacher, a Kindergarten Assistant and a First Grade Teacher. If you are interested, please email your cover letter and resume to [email protected].

It’s not all outdoor play at a Waldorf Kindergarten. The day is rhythmically balanced to include circle time with oral stories and songs, practical activities like making and cleaning up after snack and handwork as seen here.

Look at the concentration as our children make a soft doll. Activities of “doing” where we create something is a KEY TO BUILDING CONFIDENCE in the child.

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 🏀

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/contact-us/

We celebrate love every day at The Acorn School.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Check out this super cool owl 🦉 that we’ve seen hanging out in a Palm Tree 🌴 on our playground! And just in time for SEWE!

What should we name him? Drop your suggestions in the comments!

Every Wednesday, our students enjoy painting as their daily activity. This is a great way to bring out their inner artist and express their creativity. We value the development of the whole child: mind, body and spirit.

Please contact us today to explore how our program can serve as an oasis for your family in today’s stressful society. Our preschool kindergarten program is one of a kind in the Charleston area 📲

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/contact-us/

Our Parent-Child Class Begins Thursday March 12th! RSVP as class size is limited.

When Acorn School owners, Lee and Alecia, moved here in May 2014, they discovered there was no Waldorf school in the entire state. They both value education and since South Carolina ranks at the bottom, what better place to open a school than in Charleston?

In September of 2016, The Acorn School of Charleston opened with only 3 students. Today, we have a magnificent teacher who specializes in outdoor classrooms, a wait list, and plans to add a second Kindergarten class and a First-Grade class next fall.

A simple idea just five years old has come to life and is now carried by beautiful families, Lee, Sigrid and Katie. Don’t be too quick to toss aside your next idea. It might just have wings.

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! 📲

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/

Every Monday, our students start their day chopping vegetables, which they will later enjoy during snack time. They learn by imitation via the teaches, and this teaches them practical working skills. We value the development of the whole child: mind, body and spirit.

Please contact us today to explore how our program can serve as an oasis for your family in today’s stressful society. Our preschool kindergarten program is one of a kind in the Charleston area 📲

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/contact-us/

edition.cnn.com

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: The 1st medical doctor playing in the NFL is in Super Bowl LIV

Via Association of Waldorf Schools of North America:

Congratulations to Waldorf Alum, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, for his Super Bowl LIV win! Laurent is a starting Offensive Lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs and played wonderfully last night. He is also a doctor and a great example of the well-rounded people that emerge from Waldorf education. He is an alum of Ecole Rudolf Steiner de Montréal.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/28/sport/chiefs-laurent-duvernay-tardif-spt-intl/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2cfqPdmRgdqM_fZKiRB1wlB5GgVpptkNKj7UtydB5n_BrsheeVbcUIpq8

edition.cnn.com This doctor has one of the most important jobs in Super Bowl LIV, but he's not part of the team's medical staff.

We are looking to hire a Lead Kindergarten Teacher, a Kindergarten Assistant and a First Grade Teacher. If you are interested, please email your cover letter and resume to [email protected].

We’ve had an amazing morning baking and tasting our homemade bread!

time.com

Why You Should Teach Your Kids to Cook

The Waldorf curriculum supports cooking, especially in early childhood and the earlier elementary grades! We make bread, soup, and all sorts of scrumptious foods.
https://time.com/5744409/teach-kids-to-cook/

time.com Molly Birnbaum on how cooking can teach kids vital skills

Waldorf Today

According to Sanford Health, Children who play outdoors regularly are more curious, self-directed and likely to stay with a task longer. And, if your child has ADHD, there were studies that found that spending significant time outdoors exhibited fewer symptoms.

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 📲

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/

Our outdoor time is filled with creative, self-initiated play. Learning topics include caring for the outdoor environment, gardening and wood working.

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 📲

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/

theguardian.com

‘Schools are killing curiosity’: why we need to stop telling children to shut up and learn

Is your child encouraged to be curious?

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/jan/28/schools-killing-curiosity-learn?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1580213243

theguardian.com Pupils who ask lots of questions get better results, especially those from poorer homes

"Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom."
- Rudolf Steiner

Here’s a fun little throwback from when we recently visited Folly Beach 🏖 This great group of kids enjoyed learning about marine biology 🌊 the wildlife we have in our backyard 🦀🐠 and enjoyed being on the beach for the day!

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 📲

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/

Even though most Charleston locals look at rain as a burden, our children love to play in the puddles during their outdoor time!

Please contact us today to explore how our program can serve as an oasis for your family in today’s stressful society. Our preschool kindergarten program is one of a kind in the Charleston area.

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/contact-us/

iaswece.org

What is Waldorf Early Childhood Education? - IASWECE

What is Waldorf Education?
https://www.iaswece.org/waldorf-education/what-is-waldorf-education/?fbclid=IwAR0mGcATVi2h-8LL6EmaL_WHiHdvmksd3b5Qq_BtSa2tE0XxBSIcN8cTIwo

iaswece.org Essential Characteristics of Steiner/Waldorf Education for the Child from Birth to Seven The future development of each individual child and of humanity as a whole depends on health-giving experiences in the first seven years of life. An atmosphere of loving warmth and guidance that promotes joy, wo...

According to Sanford Health, children who play outside regularly have better distance vision than children who are always indoors. These children utilize their sense of sight, smell, touch, hearing and tasting, whereas children that constantly use electronic devises only use their hearing and sight.

Please contact us today to explore how our program can serve as an oasis for your family in today’s stressful society. Our preschool kindergarten program is one of a kind in the Charleston area.

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/contact-us/

Join us for our Family Friendly Open House, this Saturday, January 25! Learn about our Kindergarten and First Grade classes.

We will have a puppet show at 10:10, followed by bread baking as a child parent activity. While the bread is baking, we will visit the outdoor classroom where the children can play while the adults chat. Siblings are welcome!

Let us know if you will be attending by RSVPing to our Facebook event via the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/events/609776512923660/

From Waldorf Today Newsletter
The Purpose of Education
By Martin Luther King, Jr.

Written when Dr. King was 19 years old at Morehouse College in 1948. He entered Morehouse at the age of 15 after graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, having skipped the ninth and twelfth grades.

As I engage in the so-called “bull sessions” around and about the school, I too often find that most college men have a misconception of the purpose of education. Most of the “brethren” think that education should equip them with the proper instruments of exploitation so that they can forever trample over the masses. Still others think that education should furnish them with noble ends rather than means to an end.

It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the ligitimate goals of his life.

Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one’s self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.

The late Eugene Talmadge, in my opinion, possessed one of the better minds of Georgia, or even America. Moreover, he wore the Phi Beta Kappa key. By all measuring rods, Mr. Talmadge could think critically and intensively; yet he contends that I am an inferior being. Are those the types of men we call educated?

We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.

If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, “brethren!” Be careful, teachers!

What is your favorite jump rope rhyme? Our students love utilizing outdoor time to get active! Our program is inspired by Waldorf Early Childhood Education: a play-based learning approach!

Please contact us today to explore how our program can serve as an oasis for your family in today’s stressful society. Our preschool kindergarten program is one of a kind in the Charleston area.

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/contact-us/

waldorftoday.com

Seven Benefits of Waldorf’s “Writing to Read” | Waldorf Today - Waldorf Employment, Teaching Jobs, Positions & Vacancies in Waldorf Schools

Will your child write before learning to read? Or read before learning to write?
http://www.waldorftoday.com/2019/11/seven-benefits-of-waldorfs-writing-to-read/

waldorftoday.com In kindergarten, the curriculum emphasis is on spoken verses and stories: nature stories, folktales and fairy tales. Teachers are ‘storytellers’ and are careful not to “dumb down” or simplify the language of fairy tales. The teacher is careful to use clear speech and to enunciate well as thi...

The Acorn School of Charleston's cover photo

Modern educational trends have resulted in a dramatic increase in anxiety in all children as young as five 🏫 The Acorn School of Charleston offers students a haven from these anxiety-producing environments. Look at all of those happy faces!

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 🏀

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/contact-us/

inc.com

Why B Students Make the Best Leaders

The “how’s,” soft skills and emotional intelligence are as important as intellect.

https://www.inc.com/jim-schleckser/why-b-students-make-best-leaders.html?cid=sf01002

inc.com It's the balance of brains and people skills.

e360.yale.edu

Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

Yale shared benefits of Ecopsychology! see why an outside kindergarten at The Acorn School is a wonderland for the mind body and spirit.
https://e360.yale.edu/features/ecopsychology-how-immersion-in-nature-benefits-your-health

e360.yale.edu A growing body of research points to the beneficial effects that exposure to the natural world has on health, reducing stress and promoting healing. Now, policymakers, employers, and healthcare providers are increasingly considering the human need for nature in how they plan and operate.

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Waldorf Alumni

Waldorf schools have a number of outstanding alumni who have accomplished amazing things. Todd Murray, M.D., created a slideshow to capture these people as well as the many successful people who have chosen Waldorf education for their own children.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js_8EfdPpp0&feature=youtu.be

Please contact us today to explore how our program can serve as an oasis for your family in today’s stressful society. Our preschool kindergarten program is one of a kind in the Charleston area 📲

https://acornschoolcharleston.org/contact-us/

Our Board Chair, who is also a school parent, Todd Murray, M.D. created a slideshow to capture many of the outstanding achievements of Waldorf graduates, as ...

“Man is already weak at the moment he searches for laws and rules according to which he shall think and act. Out of his own being the strong individual controls his way of thinking and doing.”
Rudolf Steiner

edsurge.com

The Answer for Schools Is Not More Technology. It’s Teachers and Human Connection. - EdSurge News

What’s the answer for better schools? See what EdSurge says:
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-12-24-the-answer-for-schools-is-not-more-technology-it-s-teachers-and-human-connection

edsurge.com This op-ed is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology. Danielle Arnold-Schwartz is a teacher of elementary gifted ...

Our students are very musically inclined. They learn to play the recorder in first grade. By third grade, each student is expected to begin a stringed instrument, either the violin or cello. These typically lead to playing with others in the orchestra.

If your child is a rising first grader, we would love to invite them to join our First-Grade class in the Fall of 2020.

Contact us today to explore how our program can serve as an oasis for your family. https://acornschoolcharleston.org/contact-us/

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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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Charleston, SC
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