Green Meadow Waldorf School

Chestnut Ridge, NY
Contact: (845) 356-2514

Overview

Green Meadow Waldorf School strives to create a social, cultural, and learning environment that recognizes the child's spiritual freedom and growth.

Inspired by Rudolf Steiner's insights into human development, Green Meadow nurtures the physical, emotional, and intellectual capacities of the growing child through a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Green Meadow Waldorf School engenders in its young people the academic, social, artistic, and practical abilities that will enable them to become self-reliant and generous individuals capable of meeting whatever challenges they face in the future.

In a concerted outreach and parent education effort, we at Green Meadow dedicate ourselves to bringing to the wider community an awareness of Waldorf education and of our school’s programs.  Offering a developmentally appropriate curriculum which educates children to realize their potential and their humanity, we will aspire to serve those families who share this vision. We continuously assess the needs of our students and their families in order to adapt and evolve our curriculum, organization, and facilities to meet those needs.

A Different Way of Teaching: The Essence of Waldorf Education 

Some of what used to be unique to Waldorf schools is now cutting-edge pedagogy in public and independent schools: block-style learning, teacher looping, multi-disciplinary instruction (and its impact on neurological development), character education, a recognition of the importance of play and movement throughout the day (and throughout life), and teaching that engages different learning styles. 

The essence of Waldorf Education is this: it is founded on the understanding that every child goes through three distinct phases of development. The phases include Infancy and Early Childhood (0-7), Middle Childhood (7-14), and Adolescence (14-21). Each of these stages requires a different approach: by facilitating self-initiated exploration and learning through play during Early Childhood; engaging the vivid imaginative nature of the child in the Lower School; and delivering a curriculum that answers a different life question each year in the High School, Waldorf schools strive to meet our students deeply, where they are in their development.

At Green Meadow, students’ capacities for learning are awakened and enriched by a different way of teaching, and an education brought to life through experience: in storytelling, movement, recitation, observation, dramatic acting, music, drawing, and painting. An emphasis on oral expression in all subjects enables our students to develop into confident, self-aware adults, and a focus on hands-on learning and discovery nurtures their lifelong love of learning.

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