Most Likely to Succeed

Most Likely to Succeed? New Film Challenges The Way We Think of School

Showing: Wednesday, January 6th at 7pm at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH

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Sixty five percent of today’s grade school students will go on to work in jobs that haven’t yet been invented.

That’s according to Most Likely To Succeed, a new documentary designed to challenge the way we think about education.

It argues that the American education system is preparing students for jobs in an economy that no longer exists, and that by focusing so heavily on testing, we’re leaving our children uninspired and unprepared for life after school.

The documentary, sponsored by the Seacoast Waldorf School, will be the featured film in the Portsmouth Music Hall’s Film Matters Series, Wednesday, January 6th at 7pm at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. To purchase tickets click here 

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s Executive Producer and the founder of the school featured in the movie. The evening is aimed at getting people talking about a number of questions:

  • In today’s talent-driven economy, where can a truly effective education system take us?
  • What would it look like?
  • What goals must education satisfy to achieve that vision?

Waldorf Education has a one hundred year history of employing the educational techniques featured in the film such as interdisciplinary studies, teacher freedom, focus on critical thinking and creativity, hand-on experiential learning, group collaboration and intrinsic student motivation.

 

 

Celebrating the Festival of Michaelmas

Earlier this month, the students, faculty and administration – joined by parents, grandparents, family and friends – gathered together to celebrate Michaelmas.

A little-known festival, Michaelmas is observed at Waldorf Schools across the globe and celebrates St. Michael, the protector of humanity, who according to fifth century tradition, in battle tames a dragon to save the kingdom. Because the celebration falls near the equinox, it is often associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days.

First Graders Celebrating St Michelmas

Seacoast Waldorf School first graders celebrating St Michelmas in song

In keeping with tradition, this year’s Michaelmas celebration took place in Seacoast Waldorf School’s playgrounds and outdoor spaces and began with the grade school children and teachers reciting verses and singing as the nursery, preschool and kindergarten children and their families looked on. The stories and verse contained themes of courage, light conquering dark, inner strength, and deeds of goodness.

Families, students and faculty then gathered at picnic tables for a delicious outdoor feast of soup (made by the children), corn bread, cider and apple crisp and time together enjoying the beautiful sunny day before heading indoors to tour the children’s classrooms.

The Michaelmas festival reminds us to both summon and honor the courage displayed each and every day – in noble acts big and strong. It reminds us to be a champion for others, to look for the good in all and to always strive toward our fullest human potential.

Primed for Success: In Waldorf Schools, Kindergarteners Hone Critical Social Skills

Earlier this month, the American Journal of Public Health published an important study on the relationship between a 5-year old’s social competence and their ‘future wellness’ as adults. The study, which followed nearly 800 kindergarteners into adulthood, concludes: “”Kindergarten pro-social skills were significantly and uniquely predictive of whether participants graduated from high school on time, completed a college degree, obtained stable employment in young adulthood, and were employed full-time in young adulthood.”

In other words: Early childhood is the foundation of a healthy, productive life. Kids who developed social and emotional skills during their preschool years fared better in school, were more likely to stay gainfully employed, and were more likely to stay out of trouble as adults.

Michaelmas at TidewaterAs more and more schools focus on academics at younger and younger ages, Waldorf schools take a different approach – centering the early childhood curriculum around experiential learning, developing skills and confidence via imaginative play, practical life skills, and artistic opportunities.

“Traditionally, we’re focused much more on academic achievement and more and more we’re realizing through many studies that academic achievement is only one part of making somebody successful,” said Damon of Penn State University, lead researcher for the study Early Social-Emotional Functioning and Public Health: The Relationship Between Kindergarten Social Competence and Future Wellness.

In a Waldorf kindergarten classroom, the child becomes accustomed to working within a group, listening to stories, interacting with a teacher, and following a daily routine. Most importantly, a Waldorf kindergarten gives young children the gift of free play. Self-directed free play allows children to process what is happening in their own lives and helps children to self-regulate, to share and take turns, to collaborate, create and problem-solve. It is from these interactions that they develop open-hearted kindness and consideration and respect for others – all skills that are critical to a person’s long-term well-being.

Waldorf schools teach young children empathy with the goal of helping them develop into morally responsible, integrated individuals with a high degree of social-emotional intelligence.

A Waldorf early childhood education imbues a lifelong love of learning, social and emotional intelligence, the ability to think creatively and solve problems and an appreciation for a deeper connection to the world.

Learn more. Visit www.seacoastwaldorfschool.org or call 207-686-3140 to schedule a private tour of one of our beautiful early childhood classrooms.

Seacoast Waldorf School Celebrates Michelmas and Deeds of Goodness

Last week, Seacoast Waldorf School celebrated the harvest festival of Michelmas. First, with a re-enactment of St. Michael, the protector of humanity, battling the dragon to save the kingdom.

Then, grade school children and teachers gathered on the sunny slope of the early childhood playground to sing and recite verses as the nursery, preschool and kindergarten children and friends and families looked on. The stories and verse contained themes of courage, light conquering dark, inner strength, and deeds of goodness.

Families, students and faculty then moved to the grades playground for an outdoor feast of soup, corn bread, cider and apple crisp and time together enjoying the beautiful sunny day before heading indoors to tour the classrooms.

The Michelmas festival reminds us to both summon and honor the courage displayed each and every day – in noble acts big and strong. It reminds us to perform acts of kindness – to make good choices even when no one is looking and to seek the good in others.

Seacoast Waldorf Welcomes 1st Graders with Beautiful Back-to-School Ceremony

Wednesday, September 3rd, marked the first day of the 2014/2015 school year for children in first through fourth grade at Seacoast Waldorf School.

On the first day of school each year, we welcome the incoming first grade class with a Rose Ceremony, a rite of passage honored in Waldorf Schools all over the globe. The faculty and grades children gather together as the kindergarten teachers lead the students onto the campus to greet their new Grade 1 teacher with a handshake, and to receive a rose from the eldest grades class.

Welcome first graders!

You’re Invited: Auction Fundraiser at Seacoast Waldorf School

Seacoast Waldorf School’s ‘Under the Trees’ spring fling fundraiser is underway culminating in a gala event Saturday, June 7. 

Dozens of live and silent auction items will be up for bid. Proceeds will help offset the costs, which tuition alone does not cover, of running and growing the school. This event is an evening of fun in which families, friends and more come together in support and celebration of Seacoast Waldorf School.

imageAuction items range from fabulous hand painted items to massage packages to gift certificates to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise.

Cost to attend the gala is $10 per person for tickets purchased prior to the event or $15 per person for tickets purchased at the door.  The event will feature fabulous food from award-winning Tulsi, live music, and a cash bar.  Dress is casual.

Support our school and join us for a night of fun. Tell your friends, family, community.

Click here for directions.  Questions? Call 207-686-3140.

If you are unable to attend and would like to support Seacoast Waldorf School, please visit our School Development page.