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Today’s children belong to a future that is changing rapidly. They will need to be dynamic, resilient individuals with an ongoing thirst for learning. They must be able to do more than operate machines and manipulate data; they must be able to navigate complex social and intellectual problems.
From the idyllic early childhood classrooms to the rigors of the middle school years, River Valley Waldorf School prepares students to meet this future. Using the comprehensive, multidimensional Waldorf curriculum, skilled faculty foster intellectual achievement coupled with the creative thinking and emotional intelligence necessary to guide students through tomorrow’s complexities.
One of the cornerstones of Waldorf education -- and one that differentiates Waldorf from public and most other education systems -- is the intention to provide the right experience at the right time, when a student is physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually ready. Moreover, with the integration of math, science, arts, languages, and movement, students become fully engaged in learning. The Waldorf curriculum introduces learning gently and aims to build a foundation that is deep, broad, and sturdy, from which our students can soar. One cannot build a skyscraper, let alone a house, that can withstand the winds of time, without a strong foundation.
With careful attention to what is taught, and when it is taught, the Waldorf curriculum is attuned to the natural developmental stages of childhood and adolescence, in a way that provides the appropriate and necessary experiences that will safely guide students through each stage of development.
‘I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true of human beings. We do not wish to see children precocious, making great strides in their early years like sprouts, producing a soft and perishable timber; but better that they expand slowly at first, in contending with difficulties, and are then solidified and perfected. Such trees continue to expand, with nearly equal rapidity, to extreme old age.’ -- Henry David Thoreau