As a child psychiatrist, I believe I know what helps keep children healthy. This is such a positive joyful community for children to grow and thrive in, I love having opportunities to join in the activities at Prairie Moon. If my children were younger they would be going to this school. In addition the Waldorf Association of Lawrence has sponsored a monthly reading group, of which I have been a member for 3 years. Great discussions!
My daughter has gone to Prairie Moon Waldorf School since she turned three. Since then, she spent 4 years in their mixed-age Early Childhood program and now is in Second grade. Every day she is so excited to go to school and partake in the multitude of ways in which learning is taught to the students...through movement, art, direct instruction, music, natural inquiry, play...you name it. This education has fostered in her a profound love for the process of learning and discovery; she loves her school, her teachers, and the experience of what a Waldorf education is providing to her.
For information about Waldorf education, you can visit www.whywaldorfworks.com. Prairie Moon was founded by a group of parents and community members committed to bringing Waldorf education to Lawrence, Kansas. Since the initial impulse began in 1997, and then again in 2001, the school community has grown and blossomed. For the young children (ages 3-6), the school is a haven for childhood, allowing sufficient time for free play, outside play, the creative arts, practical work and rest (when needed). Seasonal verses, songs, puppet shows, fingerplays, and storytelling told in a weekly rhythm help to strengthen the child's ability to listen and concentrate, expand language development, foster memory growth, and create the foundation for long term literacy. In addition, movement and circle games also help improve physical coordination and dexterity, and build capacities for the understanding of mathematical concepts. The grades program (grades 1-6) has seen many successes, particularly for children who have been 'burnt-out' on learning in mainstream education. While even children who do well in mainstream education, when coming to Prairie Moon have a new initiative and develop a love of learning that they may not have experienced before. The grades curriculum is an experiential process that brings the 'facts' alive and the children are more readily able to grasp the concepts. They receive specialty classes in handwork, movement and language (German).