The school yard was filled with proud, smiling faces today as the new first graders of the Seacoast Waldorf School were welcomed with a rose!During this beautifully simple and heartfelt ceremony, the oldest students in the school greeted the first graders one by one, handing them each a rose as they began their journey through the grades. Entering first grade is an enormous change for children, and the giving and receiving of the flower gives a special significance to their growth, and their transition out of early childhood and into the grades program. The Rose Ceremony is a tradition that is performed on the first day of the school year at Waldorf schools all across the globe, and has been since the early 1900’s when Waldorf Education began. It is just one of the many traditions performed at the Seacoast Waldorf School to celebrate and honor the children and their families as they experience important milestones in their lives.
- develop intrinsic interests and competencies
- learn how to make decisions, solve problems, exert self-control, and follow rules
- learn to regulate their emotions
- make friends, take turns and get along with others
- experience joy