Waldorf Education in the South Bay ( San Jose )
When you first visit Njeri Morning Glory you are greeted by a very special type of educator. One who is not only friendly but inwardly happy and passionate about helping educate and develop children. The school has a great deal of history to it whether it is the longevity in teaching careers of the teachers and staff themselves or the location itself.
From beautiful trees at the school and in the play ground area to the interior of the school rooms this waldorf schol has something very special to offer; true character. As a Youth I attended many of the top private schools in Orange County up until going to Santa Clara University. All had great campuses and teachers and I use those as my standard to upholding other great schools and educations to. Upon my visit to the Waldorf school in San Jose to interview them about their sustainable practices and how they are helping the children I was pleasantly surprised to see so much invested into the classrooms themselves.
Many schools are very standardized and do not have much creativity; this waldorf school is way different. Inside the classrooms you can find mostly all sustainable and natural toys. Of course there are chairs and tables but there are also some fun things such as glazed tree stumps turned into chairs for children which is fun and tree trunks. It is quite hard to explain with just text but it is an environment that is very natural and more fun than a regular lower-middle school . Though there are still computers and it is modern buildings they have found a way to inspire the youth way past just electronics and give them something greater, good roots. These days as technology infiltrates the home and workplace and kids should be able to retreat to school where they are able to grow up without as much brand and advertiser influence as many schools which accept those dollars from Coke and other bad foods.
Njeri Morning Glory believes in health, sustainability, and true education; and they deliver it excellently.
They are now enrolling for Kingergarten and all grades as well as preschool for 2 year olds. An open house is going on as well as summer art camp at the moment.
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From Njeri’s Facebook Page ( https://www.facebook.com/SanJoseWaldorfSchool ):
Enabling students to discover, learn about, and embrace the artistic process and the creative power within themselvesMission
A world-class, multi-cultural, Waldorf-inspired elementary school coupled with a thriving artistic community to serve hundreds of children and their families in Silicon Valley and to transform the world, one loving, creative child at a time.
Situated in San Jose, California, the school brings Rudolf Steiner-inspired Waldorf education to children and families in the South Bay Area of Northern California. We currently offer full-time studies through 4th grade in the 2011-2012 school year. Our goal is to expand to include an early childhood program and 5th grade in 2012-2013, at which point we will be a comprehensive elementary school with a toddler program, aftercare, and an art center. Our art programs serve children ages 3-15 years old and adults and are held after school, weekends, over holiday breaks, and during the summer months. Our aim is to make this education and art center available to anyone seeking it.
Our community of teachers and families represent a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We celebrate and honor our international and multi-cultural community through the interconnected worldview of the Waldorf philosophy and pedagogy.
Our unwavering values
• To make this education available to all families who want it
• Intellectual and artistic excellence, imagination, strong memory, and problem-solving skills
• Safety in body, soul, and spirit
• Small class size and teacher-student ratioDescription
Njeri’s Morning Glory School and Art Center is an investment in children and in the community.
The Official Wikipedia page for Waldorf: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldorf_education
“Waldorf education (also known as Steiner education) is a humanistic approach to pedagogy based on the educational philosophy of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy. Learning is interdisciplinary, integrating practical, artistic, and conceptual elements. The approach emphasizes the role of the imagination in learning,:69developing thinking that includes a creative as well as an analytic component. The educational philosophy’s overarching goals are to provide young people the basis on which to develop into free, morally responsible and integrated individuals, and to help every child fulfill his or her unique destiny, the existence of which anthroposophyposits. Schools and teachers are given considerable freedom to define curricula within collegial structures.”
When interviewing the school’s administrators they mentioned that organic gardening is an integral and regular part of our weekly curriculum. The children students plant and farm some of the food and then harvest the vegetables that are made. Often times they cook it at school or bring it home to enjoy with their parents.