A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO EDUCATION
We believe the best education is one that is authentically inspiring for each unique child.
Our school is a place where home education is enhanced by offering a fun, creative, Waldorf-inspired, hands-on enrichment program for our students 3 to 8 hours per week. The students work and play alongside teachers who use hands-on and engaging activities (often outdoors!) to inspire creativity and make learning delightful. The rest of the week, the students are homeschooled by their parents in the manner of the parents’ choosing.
Sarah Barrett, Founder/Director
“One of the most essential things I want for my daughter is for that beautiful light within her to keep shining brightly – that beautiful, joyful light that is unique to her.
My daughter did not thrive in a typical classroom setting. She is smart, well-behaved and follows directions, so she can survive and make good grades, but, as a mom, my heart hurt watching her excitement for life dull quite a bit in the classroom.
I knew her mind, body and spirit needed more movement, changes in scenery, and more hands-on, creative educational experiences that reflect her unique talents and what she enjoys. I want to give her the freedom during these precious years to be true to what makes her light shine. We homeschool using Waldorf methods and it has been a wonderful approach to education for our family.
I have learned to look for that sparkle in both of my children’s eyes to help me gauge whether an experience is contributing to what they need in order to be true to their deepest desires and interests. It paves the path for them to follow their dreams, which is becoming more and more rare in our society. Several experts agree that people who live in alignment with their passions are happier, healthier, more generous, and they inspire others to do the same.
I hope The Living School can be a place of inspiration for my children and for yours.”
Dawn Divine-Norman, Founder/Director
“My goal in opening The Living School is to give children a place where the love of knowledge is ignited. I have always dreamed of an education for my daughter where playing and learning become one. Children should love to learn. Want to learn. Be excited to learn. I feel that a hands on approach helps to instill this joy and love of learning.
When one gets to experience a subject in all its dimensions (using hands-on materials, diving into literature, using physicality to express the lesson, exploring the world of writing, experiencing the lesson in nature, and through music), one tends never to forget the lesson learned. I have found that through using the wonderful Waldorf methods while homeschooling my daughter her eyes light up again, she is curiosity has been reignited, and it has sparked a love of learning in her that was slowly dying. With the creation of The Living School, I hope to continue to instill that love and joy of learning in my daughter, and in all the children that attend The Living School.
To recognize the whole child, and educate and nourish the head, hands, and heart is a true gift we can give our children. To encourage our children to be curious, attain knowledge, and learn though discovery is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. I wish that for my daughter and for every child that walks through our school’s doors.”
WHAT SETS US APART
The Living School Orlando supports families who have chosen home education. We are here to enhance your child’s journey. Our goal is to deepen our students’ love for learning and provide a fun place to discover, play, and meet friends.
Specialized Teachers For Each Subject
Our teachers have many years of experience teaching, and working, in the subjects in which they teach. They are experts in their fields. As specialists, our teachers have a deeper knowledge of the material they are imparting to our students. Therefore they know how to naturally enhance the subject with more creativity and in-depth knowledge. This gives our students more of an advantage than one teacher who teaches all the subjects.
Gardening Classes and Nature-Inspired Curricula
The beauty and wonder of nature can inspire, ground, calm, and encourage us. Our school focuses on helping the children connect with nature – a connection that is often lost in our society. Sustainable gardening is a core part of our program. Each week the children work in our gardens, learn about botany and permaculture, and how to better take care of the world around us.
Families have the option of joining us each semester for a service-related field trip. This past semester we worked with The Community Food Outreach program, and in the fall we will be teaming up with Feeding Children Everywhere and Operation Christmas Child. As always we help beautify our community with our sustainable gardens.
Our children start their day with yoga!! Not only does yoga help us use our energy better, it promotes a sense of well-being, and teaches us how to take better care of ourselves. For a great summary on “Why Yoga and Kids Go Together”, click here.
We give students countless opportunities to experience education through hands-on activities, music, creativity, and fun projects that will often take place outside in nature. Our goal is to create an environment where playing and learning become one.
Waldorf Inspired, Whole Child Education
Academics are broadened to include traditional academics along with subjects that are often left out or not included at all – like gardening, art, music, theatre, sewing, martial arts, foreign languages, and yoga. We provide an Waldorf-inspired environment that is cognitively balanced to engage the right and left lobes of the brain and at the same time engage the head, hands, and heart equally. Our blend of music, theatre, languages, humanities, science, nature and art help maintain that balance.
What is Waldorf Education?
The aim of Waldorf education is to educate the whole child, “head, heart, and hands.” Waldorf education is a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous approach to education. Waldorf homeschoolers integrate the arts in all academic disciplines for children from preschool through twelfth grade to enhance and enrich learning. Waldorf Education aims to inspire life-long learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities.
Drawing, painting, music, theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate their intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.
Here are some helpful articles to give you more information:
Unique Aspects of Waldorf Education http://www.waldorfinspiredlearning.com/unique-aspects-waldorf-education/
Free Resource Library of Articles on Waldorf Homeschooling http://www.waldorfinspiredlearning.com/articles-on-waldorf-homeschooling/
*The Living School is not an umbrella school for homeschoolers.