Calgary Waldorf School
Waldorf education is the largest independent school movement in the world, with more than 1,000 schools all around the globe. The first Waldorf School was founded in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner in Stuttgart, Germany. Steiner’s educational goals were: to nurture the imagination while educating the mind; develop flexible intellects capable of problem-solving in diverse activities; enhance the child’s artistic as well as cognitive talents; honour the unique temperaments of each child; provide an enlivened and loving atmosphere that embraces the spiritual core of all life and activity. These goals have proven to serve children well in preparing them to meet the challenges of modern life. The Waldorf approach recognizes that children have distinct, age-related educational and emotional needs that unfold through the stages of their development. To meet these needs, the Calgary Waldorf School’s rich, lively, holistic, and hands-on curriculum carefully blends and balances academic, artistic, physical, and practical activities to stimulate intelligence and encourage creativity. This integrated curriculum is delivered through innovative teaching methods designed to engage the whole growing child. Thus over the years, the child learns through his or her hands, heart, and head … through doing, feeling, and thinking… leading to conscience in action, balance in feeling, and clarity in thought.