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Lecture on Modern Brain Research and Education

This Friday, September 13, at 7:00 p.m. Douglas Gerwin, PhD, will offer a lecture on “Turning Education on Its Head: What modern brain research says about how children and young adults learn.” The lecture takes place at Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport.

Recent neuro-scientific research shows that the brain behaves less like a “hard-wired” computer, more like a dense forest in which pathways appear through repeated use and disappear through neglect. The implications of this paradigm shift for education are huge, especially since the cortical functions of children and young adults do not fully develop until they reach their early 20s.

In this ground-breaking talk, Dr. Gerwin explores how Waldorf education helps children and adolescents unfold their powers of intelligence through a curriculum designed to nourish their developmental needs from pre-school through the high school years.

Douglas Gerwin is the director of the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, New Hampshire and has taught history, literature, German, music and life science in college and at Waldorf high school levels for the past 35 years.

Questions? Please contact Barbara Richardson at brichardson@centerforanthroposophy.org.

Click here for a flyer about the event.

CNN Profiles the “Waldorf Way”

As enrollment skyrockets at Waldorf schools from coast to coast, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on “The Waldorf Way,” looking at three key aspects Waldorf education–movement, testing, and technology–with a cognitive neuroscientist.

Click here on the image to go view the video:

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Learn more about Waldorf by exploring our website, or by calling 207-236-8021 or emailing info@ashwoodwaldorf.org.

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Growing and learning through the joy of play

Education Innovator Nancy Harris Frohlich Joins Ashwood’s Board

Nancy Harris Frohlich

Nancy Harris Frohlich

Ashwood Waldorf School is pleased to announce that prominent educator Nancy Harris Frohlich has joined its Board of Trustees.

It was a chance encounter with a 12-year-old Ashwood student that led to Frohlich’s association with the 28-year-old independent school.

Each year, Ashwood participates with other area schools in the student art exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. While attending the exhibit, Harris fell into conversation with Michael Frampton, then a Fifth Grader at Ashwood Waldorf School and one of the student exhibitors.

Impressed with Michael’s ability to talk about his artistic process, Frohlich decided to attend a presentation at Ashwood featuring the school’s Eighth Grade Projects. These annual projects integrate art, technology, engineering, writing, and design within the context of a yearlong mentoring relationship with a professional in the field of endeavor.

Detail of the painting

Detail of the painting

Frohlich, a lifelong proponent of art in education, recognized a kindred spirit in her encounters with Ashwood. “Art inspires kids to become adventurous thinkers,” Frohlich reflected in her blog. “It teaches them to plunge into problem solving, breaking the whole into manageable parts. It invites them to apply and deepen their understanding in virtually every curricular area—in particular in math, engineering, and science.”

A teacher and educator since 1972, Nancy Harris Frohlich has a Master of Education in Child Development from Tufts University.

Frohlich was head of school at The Advent School, Boston, for 17 years. During her tenure there, she oversaw major renovations to the classroom facilities, developed and documented the curriculum, founded the school’s early childhood program, and established after-school and summer programs.

Prior to her work at The Advent School, Frohlich served for 20 years at the Charles River School as director of studies, coordinator of lower grades, and teacher of first and third grades. From 1979 to 2012, Frohlich directed teacher workshops in thematic education for schools.

In 2013 Frohlich founded ArtWorks, “a center for research and collaboration to promote the teaching of thinking through art.” She is an advisory board member at the Charles River School and The Advent School.

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Bringing life to learning through the power of the imagination

Grade School Overview

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Ultimate Frisbee Camp 2013

Here are a few fun views from Ashwood Waldorf School’s Ultimate Frisbee Camp. Learn more about Ashwood and the “ultimate sport”.

 

Ten Beautiful Mornings with Your Child

0DEM0537In honor of our Ashwood Waldorf School’s upcoming Parent-Child classes, we offer you this quote from the 19th-century American humorist, Josh Billings:

“To bring up your child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in awhile.”

We think our Parent-Child Classes offer the perfect way to “travel that way yourself.” For 10 beautiful mornings this fall, join a group of dynamic parents, their young children (18–36 months) and Ashwood’s veteran early childhood educator and awesome Waldorf mom, Cherry Short-Lee.

The children engage in creative play while parents may engage in child-led play or work on a craft project, help with snack, or discuss a reading on an aspect of parenting with Miss Cherry and other thoughtful parents.

The morning ends with a walk through the woods and time to climb and swing on our playground. A goodbye circle completes the morning.

Ashwood’s Parent-Child program nurtures the whole family and provides a bridge from home to school. When ready, the young child may transition to the mixed-age Early Childhood classroom.

Parent-Child 2013-14 Schedule

  • Weekly on Thursdays, September 19–November 21
  • Weekly Thursdays, January 9–March 20 (with no session on February 20)

For more information or to receive an application form, please contact the enrollment director at 207-236-8021 or info@ashwoodwaldorf.org.

 

Quote of the Week – 7.30.13

The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.

– Ray L. Wilbur, American medical doctor who served as the third president of Stanford University and the 31st United States Secretary of the Interior

Tumble & Rumble Camp Obstacle Course

Tumble & Rumble Camp Obstacle Course

More Tumble & Rumble Camp Fun!

Today we take a look at the obstacle course that Mr. Clough created. The children are having a great time swinging, balancing, jumping through hoops and walking blindfolded through the Misty Mountains.