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The Gift of Play: Reflections of a Waldorf Nursery Teacher

I continue to be amazed by young children, their wonder and joy for life is infectious. However, they are still just landing and growing so rapidly. Four years of life go quickly for us as adults and yet for many of our children they were just a parent’s dream. I have been thinking about this quality of play and imagination that live so deeply in young children. It is a precious gift and one that is not offered at any other time in a human being’s life. How do we as a culture and as parents and caregivers honor and support this time of childhood? More »

15 Inspiring Quotes Chosen by Teachers, for Teachers

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. “For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.” — Plutarch More »

Equal Exchange fundraising program for Waldorf schools

Over the past few years, a number of Waldorf schools all over the country have discovered the Equal Exchange fundraising program. It’s that time of year again and maybe your class, school or group is ready to get started with a fundraiser that has an effect around the world. Equal Exchange, a worker-owned cooperative that has specialized in selling Fair Trade products for 30 years, offers a fresh option for school fundraising.The program earns your class or school a 40% profit from sales, and includes a variety of their best-selling organic and fairly traded chocolate, coffee, tea, cocoa, and more. The catalog offers over 40 products to choose from, great for gifts or to keep for yourself! More »

Daydreaming

Why idle moments are crucial for creativity: Our brains are at their most innovative when they are resting, so why aren’t we making time for quiet reflection?

Humans have daydreamed for thousands of years, and yet, these days, spare moments are filled with using our smartphones and other devices—scrolling through social media, listening to podcasts, responding to emails—leaving us little time to let our minds wander. This may seem a small change, but its effect, on the way our minds work and on our collective creativity, could be far-reaching. In fact, it could be hindering your ability to come up with fresh, innovative ideas. More »

High Mowing School

High Mowing is set atop Abbot Hill in Wilton, NH. Our campus is 250 acres spanning from the top of the hill down to the Souhegan River. In the 1930s our founder, Beulah H. Emmet, bought a farm. In the spring of 1942 she began to convert the farm to a school, and in October of that year the doors opened. Though little of the original farm buildings remain, the campus still feels like the home it was all those years ago. More »