River Valley Waldorf School (RVWS) invites families to attend its Winter Fair, a public welcome event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 9, on the school grounds, located in the small river town of Upper Black Eddy.
River Valley Waldorf School invites parents to discover the unique features of Waldorf education in its annual All-School Open House, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 5. This is an adults-only event, and childcare will be provided for those who need it.
River Valley Waldorf School will offer summer camp programs at its Upper Black Eddy and Doylestown locations for campers from kindergarten through sixth grade. Consistent with the principles of Waldorf education, activities will stimulate imaginations, encourage social harmony and exercise both large and small motor skills.
by Stephanie Smith
A Waldorf education at River Valley Waldorf School prides itself in educating the head, hands and heart. It inspires. A visit to a first grade “main lesson”—the first two hours of the day when the primary content is delivered—would reveal children variously clapping, stomping, singing, writing in their main lesson books, painting and drawing. They are obviously inspired. But how, exactly, is this done? How does a Waldorf school approach teaching differently from its public and private counterparts?
by Stephanie Smith
In the River Valley Waldorf School early childhood classrooms, there are no letters, papers and posters on the walls, no jars of pens and pencils. What is most noticeable is diffuse lighting, the welcoming scent of fresh-baked bread, tree branches, wooden tables and chairs, blocks and play kitchens, the pinks and oranges of silk scarves, the off-white of wool rugs, sewing projects made of plant-dyed felt, finger-knitted lengths of yarns, wood play stands and wooden boats that, when flipped over, double as stairs, as pillars, as islands in seas of lava.