IASWECE Newsletter

Dear friends and colleagues,

Are you fortunate enough to live in a country where your colleagues from Waldorf kindergartens and child care centers meet from time to time to learn from one another, formulate their ideals more clearly for their daily work with young children, and warmly perceive the initiatives of one another? Such an atmosphere fosters the growth of our movement.

Do you live with the conscious awareness that you have colleagues scattered all across the globe working in diverse social and cultural contexts in the service of the developing human being, attempting with the help of Waldorf education to strengthen the creativity, vitality and life confidence of the young child? Such an awareness of a worldwide community of colleagues can contribute to the strengthening of constructive, life-affirming forces in an age of globalization where it is quite well known that there are also other less helpful forces at work.

IASWECE has given itself the task of fostering such worldwide awareness. The articles in this newsletter offer a small contribution – impressions from Zimbabwe, Russia and Costa Rica, as well as short reports from conferences in Romania, Ukraine, USA, France, and Scandinavia.
Links to articles and research reports in the right hand column of the newsletter also lead to a wealth of good ideas regarding the development of the child.

With warm wishes,

Philipp Reubke, Clara Aerts und Susan Howard

 

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Waldorf Education in Zimbabwe
Florence Hibbeler

Kufunda Learning Village – a village community on a farm near Harare. This colorful, diverse twelve-year-old community of young people has always stayed in close communication with the villages the young people came from, villages where, among other initiatives, simple child care centers were opened to take care of the many AIDS orphans.

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Waldorf Education in Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Philipp Reubke

Rostov is in the south of Russia, not far from the Black Sea – only 70 km from the Ukrainian border, but 1000 km or more from Moscow. Architecture in the Soviet style still dominates the city; all but a few charming vestiges of old Russia were destroyed in the serious fighting of World War II.There is a lot of poverty and there are also signs of aggressive capitalism,as well as warm-heartedness and hospitality.

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Short Reports about Country Association Meetings

Short reports and photos from conferences and further trainings in the US, France, Romania, France, Ukraine and the Nordic Countries

Impressions from a Waldorf Kindergarten in Costa Rica
Louise De Forest

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Recent Research
 

Spring Greetings from the Taos Waldorf School!

Spring has arrived and we at the Taos Waldorf School are celebrating the rich agrarian culture of Taos and its native peoples. Our vision of student-supported agriculture will help cultivate a holistic appreciation for the land that sustains us all.

Our vision includes:

  • An edible market garden that Taos Waldorf students parents and faculty plant and tend, and will eventually harvest, eat, and sell
  • A curriculum that emphasizes and explores key principles of gardening and ecology
  • Growing native crops such as corn, beans, squash, and chili peppers, which recognize and celebrate our local culture and history
  • A landscape alive with pollinators, living fences, livestock, and our worm farm, which is already recycling food scraps and paper waste on-site
  • Fostering local rapport through you-pick plots, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, the sale of produce at established grocery stores and farmer’s markets, the development of folk art techniques and supporting various community-wide, garden-focused events on the grounds.
  • Growing A Garden Culture Through Student -Supported Agriculture (SSA)

 Our 2014 Spring Fund Drive !

Seeding this vision together will boost our annual enrollment drive, encourage exchanges with the greater Taos community, serve as a lush backdrop for local events, and add essential revenue streams to our school.

$10,000 Matching Donation

We have a matching donation of $10,000 for our Spring Giving Campaign! This means your donation — of any amount —- goes twice as far! Your support will:

  • Lay the needed foundations for our edible garden
  • Give our teachers resources to integrate the grounds and gardens into their curriculum
  • Revitalize our connection with the land, bringing
  • Together students and the school’s wider community through our unique and vibrant grounds.

Celebrate Spring at May Fair 2014

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Saturday, May 17. 12-4pm

Taos Waldorf School

Dance the May Pole

Children’s Games and Puppet Show

Farm Market and Seed Exchange. Live Music, Basket making demos, Make a May crown, Pet a goat and meet a Vet. Cake Walk, Face Painting, Archery!

For more information, call the Taos Waldorf School – 575-751-7750