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Review for Waldorf Association Of Lawrence, Lawrence, KS, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

For information about Waldorf education, you can visit 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).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my child. Her oral language skills are quite advanced for her age. She quickly memorizes verses and poems and recites them beautifully. Her artistic skills are developing at an incredible rate. She is not anxious about school. She "LOVES" school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find ways to increase leadership capacity, so that there were more people, from the community at large, able to participate on the board.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the benefit it has on the children, along with the parents. Many parents have a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the future and receive support in parenting in a world where it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly authentic in their way of being. Professional, generous, and warm-hearted.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make this education available for free to anyone who wanted it. It would purchase land and also become a true "farm school" putting students in touch with food sources. The building would be LEED certified and would make its own energy.

Ways to make it better...

there were more people who knew about Waldorf education in Lawrence and knew about this as an option.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances...finances...finances.. Also, the board is a working board, therefore, it needs more members to fill certain positions.

One thing I'd also say is that...

unfortunately, this school is one of the best kept secrets in the area, not because it wants to be, but just because it is not located in town, and it is young enough that word has not gotten around.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I am a parent.