Learning is Multi-Sensory. Teaching Should Be Too.

Hands on learning at City of Lakes Waldorf School

Children learn in many different ways. That’s why it is so important for teachers to bring concepts through multiple senses. At City of Lakes Waldorf School, we teach science through stories as well as outdoors in nature and in the …

Our Philosophy: More Green Time, Less Screen Time

A CLWS 5th grade student works on a Botany assignment in the school's raingarden.

A new collection of 186 studies show that high levels of time spent in nature are associated with positive mental health, cognitive functioning, and academic achievement benefits for kids, while high levels of screen time are associated with depression, anxiety, …

A Child-Centered Education, Where Kids Feel “Seen”

One of the best scientific predictors for how a child turns out, in terms of happiness, academic success, and meaningful relationships, is whether adults in their life consistently show up for them. At City of Lakes Waldorf School, our teachers …

Fractions: Parts of a Whole

City of Lakes Waldorf School fourth grade fractions

By Jennifer Holt, Fourth Grade Teacher Fostering a sense of wholeness in our community and classroom is foundational to Waldorf Education, and this year is certainly no different. In the Fourth Grade, we are one whole class! And yet, we …

In the News: Teaching Kids to Love Science

Two 8th grade students excitedly anticipate the result of their hand-built steam engine!

At City of Lakes Waldorf School, we take an experiential and project based approach to science, which engages students and sparks their curiosity. It also gives them skills that will help them to be more successful in life and work: …

Teaching American History for Our Times

Beautiful Civil Rights lesson book page, handwritten and illustrated by an 8th grade student

By Jessica Crawford, 8th Grade Teacher The Waldorf approach to history is founded on the idea that human consciousness has evolved over time—and is still evolving. An important point to make right off the bat, and one that has dawned …

In the News: How Learning a Musical Instrument Increases Brain Power

A 4th grade student learns to play the xylophone

New studies from MIT and the University of Zürich show that when it comes to teaching kids, it’s music—not coding—that actually has long term transferable developmental, cognitive, and academic benefits. According to a summary of the January 2021 study conducted …

In the News: How Arts Education Deepens Learning

A fourth grade student uses watercolors to paint a map of Minnesota.

Arts education helps students build resilience and determination, and allows them to deepen their learning and master complex skills. At City of Lakes Waldorf School, we consistently integrate the arts as a teaching tool throughout our curriculum. Read how insights …

A Peek Into First Grade, Part II: Regulation

By Peter Lawton, First Grade Teacher This is the second of a two-part “peek” into the first grade and the four ‘R’s of Waldorf education. The first part explored the first three ‘R’s—reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic. This second part addresses …

In the News: Why Social-Emotional Learning is More Important Than Ever

5th grade students participate in the outbreath activity of clay modeling, as part of our focus on emotional regulation.

Teaching social-emotional skills is critically important, both for helping students to be resilient in challenging circumstances, as well as building the empathy and emotional intelligence that students will need for their future. Hand-in-hand with our outstanding academics, our curriculum focuses …