I attended the Waldorf School of Baltimore from the children's garden through 8th grade. Of all my schooling (high school, undergraduate, graduate), I identify primarily with the Waldorf School of Baltimore. It's something that comes up surprisingly often, perhaps because it is so unique. My education and experiences from Waldorf follow me everyday, from the way I interact with people, to the way I approach challenges. For me, at the base of this are things taught at a very young age at Waldorf: temperance, respect, and imagination.
The unique practical skills that a Waldorf education develops are probably my favorite aspect of my schooling. You learn how to work with your hands in a variety of media. Handwork was my favorite study, and I still take great pleasure in handicrafts, especially knitting. There are so many subtle lessons to be learned from creating things with ones' hands: the math and mechanics involved, patience and humility, and the satisfaction and confidence that comes from completing a project.
Every day at Waldorf schools is magic for children, even up through higher grades. Thinking about it now, my time at Waldorf was the greatest gift my parents could have given me. My education encouraged creative problem-solving, nurtured my appreciation of beauty and nature, and gave me the tools to influence the world around me in a positive way.