The sun was brilliantly shining yesterday as Seacoast Waldorf School welcomed a new class of first graders with its annual Rose Ceremony. Meeting in the school’s new outdoor classroom and gardens, third graders presented each of the new first graders with a rose, a tradition repeated throughout Waldorf schools across the globe. Following the ceremony, students were invited to preview their classrooms which the faculty, staff, students, families and volunteers had freshly painted and arranged in the weeks leading up to the school’s grand opening. This morning, early childhood classes gathered on the expansive new playground complete with playhouse, swingset and sandbox. First graders began their day on the grade school playground, gathering in the play structure and on the swings and monkey bars. The third grade class convened in the outdoor classroom to water plants and harvest ripe tomatoes and other vegetables before heading indoors to their classroom. The southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire region have embraced Seacoast Waldorf School as an alternative to traditional private and public school offerings. Seacoast Waldorf School offers nursery, preschool, pre-K and kindergarten programs for the younger child and a full academic program for grade school children. The grades program offers a full academic curriculum, including reading, writing, science, mathematics, Spanish and German. In addition, grade schoolers at Seacoast Waldorf School are immersed in the arts, including music, movement, handwork, woodworking, drawing, painting, and drama as well as gardening and nature studies. These programs develop practical skills that help to support healthy personal growth. For the Waldorf student, subjects are not taught to be tested, but are instead taught and experienced in a way that cultivates a lifelong love of learning. Learn more. Schedule a tour of our new grounds located at 403 Route 236 (HL Dow Hwy). Call 207-439-7911.