2022 Pentathlon Reflections

All of the 5th grade students stand on the bluff, overlooking the valley. They're wearing their rainbow-colored Pentathlon shirts, and smiling big smiles -- their final hike of the trip before heading home.

By Jason Burnstein, Movement and Circus Arts Teacher This year’s Pentathlon was like no other. First of all, it was held at the magnificent Whitewater State Park rather than being held locally (as we have done the past two years …

The New Smart: Educating for an Uncertain Future

Our fourth grade students joyfully perform for the school community during our Autumn Festival of Courage

With increasingly rapid changes in technology and the nature of work, employers are interested not just in intelligence and social skills, but in an employee’s adaptability quotient, or AQ–their ability to adapt to new challenges with flexibility, curiosity, problem-solving, courage, …

A Greener Childhood Associated with a Happier Adulthood

A group of students explores the rocky shores of Lake Superior

Recent research indicates that access to the outdoors in childhood is strongly associated with happiness, mental health, and well-being in adulthood. “The effect is remarkable,” says Kelly Lambert, a neuroscientist at the University of Richmond who studies the psychological effects …

Waldorf Schools are Media Literacy Role Models

CLWS Cyber Civics teacher Soni Albright engages a group of 6th grade students in a discussion about technology

By Soni Albright, CLWS Admissions Director and Cyber Civics Teacher This article originally appeared on the Cyber Civics blog and has been re-posted here with permission. As we celebrate Media Literacy Week 2021, it’s hard to believe that Waldorf schools …

Fostering the Power of Imagination

Courage, Creativity, Imagination, Wonder in Education

To solve the environmental crisis, or any of the other ecological, economic, social and political crises we face, we need to foster the power of imagination in education. Future generations need to be able to imagine a different world. They …

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 …