Curriculum

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What every parent would wish as the best for his or her children, Waldorf Education provides. The fullest development of intelligent, imaginative, self-confident and caring persons is the aim of Waldorf Education. This aim is solidly grounded in a comprehensive view of human development, in an intellectually and culturally rich curriculum, and in the presence of knowledgeable, caring human beings at every stage of the child’s education. Douglas Sloan, professor emeritus, Columbia University

The Taos Waldorf School curriculum is based on Rudolf Steiner’s research into the threefold organization of the human being — head, heart, and hand — and the developmental stages of childhood. The Waldorf curriculum is meant to unfold according to the stages of development of the growing child. Education proceeds in three major steps as the child’s consciousness develops. Up to age 12, it is largely a pictorial and imaginative consciousness; from then on it adds the element of reason. Until age 12, the Waldorf curriculum works with the child’s imagination, proceeding from fairy tales, legends, and fables through the Bible stories and ancient mythology. In the fifth and sixth grades, the transition is made to actual history and science. From then on, without losing its imaginative and artistic elements, the curriculum is presented in a more scientific manner, increasingly relying on direct observation, objective description, and reflection in all subjects. Awakening a love of learning is at the heart of the TWS program and school culture.