Wednesday, December 2014
Set in England in the early 19th century, Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice, tells the story of the Bennet family's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. This famous novel of manners has been adapted to the stage by the High School Drama Club.
The public is welcome to attend performances on
Friday, December 12th and Saturday Dec 13th
at 7:30 pm in the CWS Auditorium
Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted in support of the Drama Club's future projects. Here are a map and directions to our school. This play is recommended for students in grades 3 and up.
Wednesday, December 2014
The Chicago Waldorf School has received strong and positive feedback following the Trumbull open house held last week. Asking the Alderman to define Trumbull for school use only gives a not-for-profit a fighting chance to bid. The Chicago Waldorf School recognizes this architectural gem and wants to preserve it for its intended use.
Chicago Waldorf School is organizing a good old-fashioned door-to-door effort to meet 40th & 48th Ward residents and hear their thoughts. This informational flyer is included for groups and individuals who are concerned about for-profit development and wish to support a School Only Use for Trumbull for consideration by the Board of Education, who will be selling the property soon. Please email Luke Goodwin if you want to get involved.
Click here to Take the Alderman's Survey to voice your opinion about the best uses for Trumbull.
Why is this important to the neighborhood:
> Use the building as it was designed to be—A SCHOOL!
> Landmark the building
> Protect the open space
> Increase local business on a daily basis
> Fill the building with laughter and singing
> For-profit development will increase density in Andersonville
> Reuse of Trumbull as a school will keep traffic and parking issues at a minimum
> 50% of the Waldorf community already lives in local Andersonville neighborhoods
What can you do? Call or e-mail your Alderman
Email subject: Trumbull Feedback
Email body: Please keep Trumbull a school and only a school.
40th Ward Alderman Patrick O’Connor 773-769-1140 / firstname.lastname@example.org
48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman 773-784-5277 / email@example.com
Why Chicago Waldorf School?
Solid and Well Established!
> At 40 years old, Chicago Waldorf School is one of the oldest PreK–12 Waldorf schools in the Midwest and one of the most unique and diverse non-charter private schools in the city.
> We give away more financial assistance than any other private school in the city
> We integrate academics with art, music, movement and social service
> Chicago Waldorf School is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation certified as a non-public school by the Illinois State Board of Education. Come visit us at chicagowaldorf.org
> We are a growing community in need of finding a permanent home. We love our school in Rogers Park but require more physical space.
Trumbull is the Right Building for Waldorf's Requirements!
> The architectural design matches our needs perfectly. We come together as a school community at every opportunity. The auditorium will serve as the heartbeat of our schools life and provide a meeting place for Andersonville community
> We intend to landmark this special building and preserve all historic elements
> Andersonville is the perfect fit for the Chicago Waldorf School with overlapping values of diversity, culture & community life
> With 355 students from 250 families we will bring over 500 people into the Andersonville community
> On a daily basis parents will frequent the Clark Street corridor for shopping, dining and exercise
> We will be an anchor to Andersonville by encouraging community use of newly developed green space and the 400-seat auditorium
> Our annual Holiday Fair and May Fair events will add life to Andersonville!
Monday, December 2014
Our Pre-K through High School in Rogers Park invites Chicago families to our annual:
Chicago Waldorf School Holiday Fair
Saturday, December 6th
10:00am – 4:00pm
1300 W. Loyola Ave. (at Glenwood and Lakewood)
The Holiday Fair organizers look forward to making this the most joyful celebration of the season yet….
Honor the Spirit of the Season!
In this festival,we open our doors and welcome families and neighbors inside to enjoy workshops and activities that include handwork and "Do-It-Yourself" craft-making projects. Braid your own jumprope, dip and decorate handmade candles, create beautiful star ornaments and you'll find other ways to celebrate "making things."
We will have more atmospheric music in the back of the auditorium at these times:
10:00-10:20 High School Strings
10:20-10:50 Holiday Fair Carolers
10:50-11:10 High School Strings
11:10-11:40 Holiday Fair Carolers
11:40-12:00 Grade School Strings
Followed by these performers on stage:
1:00 High School African Drumming
1:15 The Kelson Twins
2:00 All-Star Dad’s Band
3:00 Raffle Drawing
Make Toys, Gifts & Hand-Made Crafts:
In the Waldorf tradition that celebrates the value of handwork visit our Care to Share table, Children’s House (crafts for children 6 yrs. and younger), jump-rope making & candle-dipping activity workshops. Also enjoy a dragon shoot game and other favorites.
Shop the Artisanal Vendors Bazaar:
Vendors will sell handmade crafts and artistic goods all day in an artisan’s bazaar. Shop our wonderful Waldorf vendors who have been selectively juried for wares that align with the Waldorf values of handcrafting with natural materials. Our Waldorf Recycled room sells gently used furniture, toys, dolls, house goods and clothes that are of value to the community.
Share a Communal Meal:
Handmade tamales, empanadas and more! Delicious, warm foods will be served in the gymnasium. Also in the gym will be the bakery, which will be available ALL day, along with coffee, water and juice. The gym will be filled with plenty of tables and chairs for everyone to sit, relax and enjoy a meal or something sweet with their friends and family. Children can enjoy themselves while grown-ups chat over a cup of coffee while observing the school’s Alumni Council and CWS Greenery Tables!
Season’s Greetings everyone,
we can’t wait for you to join in the fun…
Tokens are for sale at the door. Tokens are needed for all craft workshops and activities. While food & goods vendors will accept cash. $5 Admissions for Adults / Children Admitted Free. Activities Tokens are available for $1 each
Tuesday, November 2014
Parents and the general public are welcome to join in this evening presentation:
From Playing in Fields to the Higgs Field:
How Waldorf Education and
Modern Physics Make Sense
presented by Michael D’Aleo
Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30pm
in the High School Physics Lab / 1317 W. Loyola Ave (south side of Loyola Ave)
The foundation of Waldorf Education is based on a rich developing of the senses in the younger child. As the students become older and more awake to the possibility of "living thinking," more sophisticated and integrated concepts are able to be introduced, developed and understood. This growth allows the students to not only understand some of the latest breakthroughs in science; it also facilitates their ability to live more deeply in their everyday experience of the world. How does the view of education underlying a Waldorf School develop the same type of thinking expressed in modern physics in the Higgs Field? The answer is both simple, yet powerful!
“…students not only need to understand some of the latest breakthroughs in science; it also facilitates their ability to live more deeply in their everyday experience of the world.”
Michael D’Aleo lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of science, education and environmental issues. He was a co-founder of the high school at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs where he taught physical science and astronomy. Mr. D’Aleo has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rutgers University where he graduated Summa cum Laude. He also holds a Masters degree in education from Sunbridge College.
In 1991, Mr. D’Aleo became involved in education and research out of his strong experience of the interrelationship between the world of man, both technical and artistic, and the natural world. He has lectured internationally on the topics of science and education in various settings. Mr. D’Aleo is co-author of the book Sensible Physics Teaching, a guide for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade educators to teach physics in a manner relevant to the experience of the students. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, Embracing Materialism and Letting It Go – An experiential guide to overcoming an object-based world conception.
Tuesday, October 2014
Bill Bryson's A Walk In the Woods, and Robert Frost's iconic poem "The Road Not Taken" are exemplars of a lonstanding tradition and appreciation for the restorative powers of nature and humans' deep conection to the natural environment. New studies, book authors and child psychologists are also asserting that this connection has psychological and developmental influence on children that are far deeper and more lasting in impact than the mere enjoyment of lesuire time outside. Outdoor experience, exploration and play engages the child and fosters critical experiences in learning and psychological development. It also broadens a child's perspective and their understanding of the world.
"kids today are becoming more and more removed from nature, at the expense of their own psychological and physical well being"
Lauren Knight writes in a new Washington Post article about the impact of nature on children and she offers a list as a parent's guide to engaging in experiences in nature. Her list includes:
- Inspire curiosity by being curious yourself
- Simply be in nature with no other distractions
- Limit electronic devices while commuting
- Seek out natural, untouched spaces and return often
- Make time for unstructured outdoor play
- Stop thinking about nature time as leisure time
- Read about nature with your child
- Plant a small garden
- Look at the stars
- Get organized
"Children who spend more time in nature develop better motor fitness and coordination, especially in balance and agility. And the benefits of the mind are not to be overlooked..."
Read the details of each guideline for parents (including a great reading list) in the Washingtopn Post article
Photosgraphs of "Milo and Oliver at the river" & " Milo at Graveyard Fields in North Carolina" by Lauren Knight
Tuesday, October 2014
A Conversation about Media & the Child
PTO Topic Evening with Orland Bishop (Public Welcome to Attend!)
Wednesday, November 5th / 7:00 pm, Auditorium
The PTO and Faculty of the Chicago Waldorf School are pleased to sponsor an ongoing discussion for parents about healthy approaches to technology.
- What are the effects of technology on human relationships and community?
Orland Bishop draws on coming-of-age rituals for modern urban youth and conversational strategies to negotiate building social relationships in our “digitally-influenced” age. His presentation will be useful to parents with children of all ages who are interacting with electronic and social media.
- What is a healthy relationship to media and technology in a child’s life?
Mr. Bishop is a native of Guyana, and the founder of Shade Tree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles. At Shade Tree, Mr. Bishop has pioneered approaches to urban truces and mentors at-risk youth. Shade Tree serves as an intentional community of mentors, elders, teachers, artists, healers, and advocates for the healthy development of children and youth. Orland's work in healing and human development is framed by an extensive study of medicine, naturopathy, psychology and indigenous cosmologies, primarily those of South and West Africa.
See Orland’s interview on Mutual Consent and more profiles and interviews at Global Oneness Project.
Please Join Us for the evening's presentation at:
Chicago Waldorf School
1300 W. Loyola Ave. in Rogers Park / event: free and open to the public
To reserve seats: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773.465.2662
Wednesday, October 2014
The October 6th New York Times ran an article entitled "Better Ways To Learn."
The article goes in-depth to explore How We Learn, and the author summed up many primary principles that mirror the way that Waldorf curriculum and classroom experiences approach learning. Learning is an actively engaging process of repetition, interpretation and reiterations. Here are excerpted concepts from the article that are ALSO foundational principles in Waldorf education:
“Although a good grade may be achieved in the short term by cramming for an exam, chances are that most of the information will be quickly lost.”
“Long and focused study sessions may seem productive, but chances are you are spending most of your brainpower on trying to maintain your concentration for a long period of time. That doesn’t leave a lot of brain energy for learning.”
“The brain wants variation,It wants to move, it wants to take periodic breaks.”
“One way to signal to the brain that information is important is to talk about it.”
“Studies have shown that for a student to learn and retain information like historical events, vocabulary words or science definitions, it’s best to review the information one to two days after first studying it.”
“Not surprisingly, sleep is an important part of good studying. The first half of the sleep cycle helps with retaining facts; the second half is important for math skills.”
This gives insight into the Waldorf approach to storytelling, writing, taking dictation, lesson review, all processes of repetition and reinterpretation of core concepts across verbal, written, and physical demonstrations key to learning.
Read the full NYTimes article here.
Written by Tara Parker-Pope for the New York Times / the "Well Column" / Illustration by Stuart Bradford
Wednesday, October 2014
Here is a new article about the value of manual inscription (i.e. writing) over keyboard typing as a valuable learnig tool. The slower, focused, intentional process of handwriting supports the Waldorf way that has students learning penmanship, writing with fountain pens, learning cursive in grade school and manually writing and illustrating their block books every day until the end of Middle School (and Waldorf High School students often continue the tradition of manual writing in their work even as they incorporate keyboarding and computers into their research and writing methods). Why? Because "handwriting is important for brain development and cognition."
Here is an excerpt from the full article:
The Benefits Of Writing
With Good Old Fashioned Pen And Paper
Do students learn better by typing on a keyboard or writing with pen and paper?
In 2013 Patricia Ann Wade, a learning specialist with Indiana University's School of Medicine, found herself investigating this question, one she had been asked by time-crunched medical students again and again. The answer, she found, was not simple.
"If they were in a lecture, where the professor talked so quickly that even if they were typing they couldn't get down everything said, I would say, 'Go with typing as opposed to handwriting,'" Wade told The Huffington Post. "If all you're doing is acting as a scribe, there are clear benefits to typing." But there were also strong arguments to be made for old fashioned pen and paper, she discovered. Ultimately, "when it comes to learning and remembering course material, the pen is mightier than the keyboard," she wrote in a blog post on the topic, for the medical school's website.
For tech-phobes and writing purists, here are just a few of the benefits of writing with a pen and paper. (And yes, we acknowledge you're reading this story -- which was written on a laptop -- online.)
It fires up the brain in different ways.
In a small study published this spring, researchers had college students listen to various TED lectures and then take notes -- either longhand or on their computers. Students who typed were more likely to take notes verbatim, which "hurts learning," the researchers concluded. And indeed, those students scored worse overall when tested on their grasp of the facts and their conceptual understanding.
"Study after study suggests that handwriting is important for brain development and cognition," argued a 2010 article from The Week, citing work from University of Wisconsin psychologist Virginia Berninger, who has tested school-age children and found they tend to generate more ideas when composing essays by hand, rather than on the computer. "Writing entails using the hand and fingers to form letters ... the sequential finger movements activate multiple regions of the brain associated with processing and remembering information," echoed Wade.
It slows you down. In a good way.
The average person types between 38 and 40 words per minute, which has clear benefits when speed is the primary objective. Writing with a pen and paper, on the other hand, "requires more mental energy and engages more areas of the brain than pressing keys on a computer keyboard," Wade wrote. And because it is slower, handwriting can be particularly useful during goal setting, brainstorming and the so-called "retrieval phase of studying," she argues -- all pursuits that require time and deliberation.
"When you're writing out something, the natural inclination is to do it as quickly as possible so you can get it over with," echoed Thorin Klosowski, in a LifeHacker post on simplifying one's life through the use of pen and paper. "Paper slows me down and forces me to think a little bit longer about what I'm doing."....
“The tried and true tool of choice for generations of monks, philosophers, and scribes, pen and paper are still a valid choice when you need to focus.”
- Dustin Wax
It sparks creativity.
This last one is impossible to quantify, of course, but as writer Lee Rourke explained in a post for The Guardian (called, appropriately, "Why Creative Writing Is Better With The Pen"): "For me, writing longhand is an utterly personal task where the outer world is closed off, just my thoughts and the movement of my hand across the page to keep me company. The whole process keeps me in touch with the craft of writing. It's a deep-felt, uninterrupted connection between thought and language which technology seems to short circuit once I begin to use it."
The legion of famous writers who purport to use only pen and paper suggests there might be something to the notion that it somehow boosts creative output: Quentin Tarantino claims to write all of his scripts longhand, telling Reuters, "I used red and black [pens]. One of the great things about being a writer is it gives you complete license to have whatever strange rituals make you happy and productive." Joyce Carol Oates now writes the first draft of all of her novels on pen and paper, as does Jhumpa Lahiri, according to Mashable.
By Catherine Pearson for Huffington Post ● Posted: 09/12/2014 (Photo by Adrian Samson)