Receive the children in reverence. Educate them in love. Send them forth in freedom.
Ala Palamea Waldorf Home School Educational Support
I offer a small Waldorf Based Home School / Educational Support program on my land in Kauai. I traveled with my last class from second through sixth grade. Currently I support eight first grade children ranging from 6-7 years old. This is for the school year of 2015-2016 and will continue on in the succeeding years. The program includes a mixture of main lesson blocks and extra lessons of painting, handwork, drawing, clay modeling, gardening, music and outdoor games. I love the simplicity, joy and grace that imbues this co-creative endeavor of Teacher, Parent and Child.
Parent Testimonials "As a parent who is not interested in the public school institution for my daughter, and was mostly happy with my decision to home school her, I am absolutely delighted to have Kim's educational support as a new option. It fits the bill perfectly for me: nourishing, whole-brained, Waldorf style, with a caring soul teacher, and part-time in the classroom giving us freedom for our other weekly activities." from the heart' Sarah St. Smith
"Sharing how wonderful the Waldorf Educational Support program has been for my daughter and our family is a pleasure I must indulge if I may. We started out skeptically, having searched and even tried our own hands in creating a healthier more empowering learning environment for our daughter proved to be a journey in itself. an environment that provides the nourishing challenges to character, mind, body and spirit seem to be rarer with each passing year. As parents we wanted a place that didn't get lost in keeping up with the old paradigm while offering a simple yet deep experience in discovery and expression. After a few weeks immersed in your magical world our daughter wanted to GO to the "program." Offered are deeply rich and integrative explorations of Art, Reading, Writing and Math. The big three I call them. Being the Papa I was riding a bit on the faith of my wife and the smiles from my daughter. So when our first "Parent Day" came, I got a real treat that brought rare tears to my eyes. I got to sit in one of the chairs, with my big hands on the children's table. I got to witness first-hand the true value of this world. The clay sculptures standing all around like a world in itself, the hanging and drying art reminding all the parents and kids of how creative we are. The brief exercise in a 'form drawing' brought together my brain, heart and spirit in a way I just sighed with relief. Hope is not lost. The children have a place to go and measure their mind out on the grass and challenge their spirit up in the trees. At the end of the first year the kids put on a play. It was my daughter's first play. I couldn't get the theme song out of my head for week!!! Kim is offering a blend of styles that come only after years of trial and error, of giving everything you have and being pushed for more. She's fresh, she's loving, she's firm and knowing. I wish she was my teacher. Love and thanks forever" Ray Mata
What is Waldorf Education?
Teachers in Waldorf schools are dedicated to generating an inner enthusiasm for learning within every child... allowing motivation to arise from within and helping engender the capacity for joyful lifelong learning.
For the Waldorf student, music, dance, and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about, ingested and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.
Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf Education is based on a profound understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head.
As a teacher you are interested in the questions:
How do we establish within each child his or her own high level of academic excellence?
How do we call forth enthusiasm for learning and work, a healthy self-awareness, interest and concern for fellow human beings, and a respect for the world?
How can we help pupils find meaning in their lives?
"When children relate what they learn to their own experience, they are interested and alive, and what they learn becomes their own. Waldorf schools are designed to foster this kind of learning." --Henry Barnes, a longtime Waldorf teacher and the former Chairman of the Board of AWSNA
Teachers in Waldorf schools are dedicated to generating an inner enthusiasm for learning within every child. They achieve this in a variety of ways. Even seemingly dry and academic subjects are presented in a pictorial and dynamic manner. This eliminates the need for competitive testing, academic placement, and behavioristic rewards to motivate learning. It allows motivation to arise from within and helps engender the capacity for joyful lifelong learning.
The Waldorf curriculum is broad and comprehensive, structured to respond to the three developmental phases of childhood: from birth to approximately 6 or 7 years, from 7 to 14 years and from 14 to 18 years. Rudolf Steiner stressed to teachers that the best way to provide meaningful support for the child is to comprehend these phases fully and to bring "age appropriate" content to the children that nourishes healthy growth.