Receive the children in reverence,
Educate them in love,
Let them go forth in freedom.”
A different kind of private school, Singapore Waldorf School strives to create a social, cultural, and learning environment that recognizes the child's freedom and growth. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner's insights into human development, Singapore Steiner School nurtures the physical, emotional, and intellectual capacities of the growing child through a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Singapore 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.
Rather than teaching to the test or adhering to Common Core standards, the Waldorf curriculum fosters independent, critical thinking and problem solving skills, develops ethics and morality, and promotes true joy in learning.
Nearly 100 years ago, Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner worked with factory owner Emil Molt to create the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart, Germany with the goal of educating children to be clear-thinking, compassionate, and conscientious adults that could look at the world in complex ways rather than descend into world war. Steiner achieved this through creating a pedagogy that centered around reverence for, and deep observation of how we as human beings naturally develop.
The essence of Waldorf Education is founded on the understanding that every child goes through three distinct phases of development:
Infancy and Early Childhood (0-7)
Middle Childhood (7-14)
Each of these stages requires a different approach in order to meet and engage the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social needs of the growing child.
During Early Childhood (preschool, Nursery, and Kindergarten), learning occurs by facilitating self-initiated exploration through play. The Lower School engages the vivid imaginative nature of the child through a program where academic learning is intertwined with and supported by storytelling, the arts, music, movement, and practical activity. And the High School delivers a rigorous curriculum that fosters critical, independent thinking, artistic expression, and hands-on experience.
In the early years, an emphasis on coordinated bodies, strong imaginations, healthy social interactions, and a love of work and play lays the foundation for academic excellence as students experience the beauty of language arts and literature, the culture of the world's civilizations through history and language, and the empirical qualities of the scientific and mathematical disciplines through a lively and engaging curriculum that introduces increasingly complex and sophisticated subject matter as the students grow and mature.
When children learn in a way that honors their unfolding development (without trying to rush or speed up the process), they gain a quiet confidence, a mastery of skills, and a sustained interest in the world around them. In short, Waldorf students can experience the journey of childhood without having that spark of curiosity and creativity extinguished.