At Toronto Waldorf School, our curriculum is founded on principles of Child Development laid out by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian Philosopher who died in 1925. As we approach the 100 year Anniversary of Waldorf Education, it is timely to pause and appreciate the many unique aspects of this holistic Education.
One of the foundations upon which the TWS curriculum sits is the idea that we should allow children the space and time to fall in love with the world. Through free play, rich storytelling, hands on learning, being surrounded by beauty, and plenty of outside time (whether it be at play or in our outdoor education spaces) we allow students to discover the wonder that is our shared planet.
By not overwhelming the young child with everything that is wrong with our world, we build resilience and reverence for their surroundings. When a child approaching puberty begins to naturally question the way things are, and are revolutionary in their spirit, this love of the world ignites a fire within them to want to change the world.
Together with the imagination that has been given space to grow, and the knowledge (both practical and more abstract), this fire can be harnessed to help students meet their futures. A TWS Education aims to give our graduates the tools necessary to meet this challenge.
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