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“The ability to play is one of the principal criteria of mental health.” (Ashley Montagu.)

Play enhances language development, social competence, creativity, imagination, and thinking skills, as well as perceptual-motor abilities, in infants and young children. Play is a vital element of early-childhood education, and a delightful one!

Join Ashwood teacher Beth Lunt in a celebration of play for children ages 2-6 with an adult at venues around the midcoast. Beth will offer a simple puppet show, and lead circle and finger games you can learn and enjoy at home. $5.00 suggested donation.

January
1/8 Belfast Public Library, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Shingebiss
1/21: Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Shingebiss

February:
2/4 Ashwood Waldorf School, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Shingebiss
2/11 Ashwood Waldorf School, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Old Gnome in the Winter
2/25 Ashwood Waldorf School, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: The Turnip
2/12 Belfast Public Library, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Old Gnome in the Winter
2/26: Vose Library, Union, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Old Gnome in the Winter

March:
3/10: Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Mashenka and the Bear
3/11: Belfast Public Library, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Mashenka and the Bear
3/17: Toy Library, Rockland, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Old Gnome in the Winter
3/24: Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Old Gnome in the Winter
3/31: Toy Library, Rockland, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Mashenka and the Bear

April
4/1 Belfast Public Library, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Sun and Rain Fairies
4/7 Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Sun and Rain Fairies
4/8 Vose Library, Union, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Sun and Rain Fairies
4/14 Toy Library, Rockland, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Sun and Rain Fairies
4/15 Toy Library, Rockland, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: The Brave Little Rabbit
4/28 Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: 10:30-11:30 a.m.: The Brave Little Rabbit
4/29 Vose Library, Union, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: The Brave Little Rabbit

“First Grade Readiness” and “Reading in Grades 1-5″

How can parents tell when their kindergartener is ready for first grade? How and when is reading taught in a Waldorf school? On Wednesday, February 10, Ashwood Waldorf School is offering parents two opportunities to explore these questions.

At 5:00 p.m., teacher Robert Kaczor will present an introduction to first grade in a Waldorf school. Early-childhood faculty Marianne Bockli and Beth Lunt will be present to enrich the discussion with insights into markers of first-grade readiness.

At 5:45, there will be time for refreshments and conversation in the community room; then, at 6:00 p.m., Robert, joined by grade 3-4 teacher, Jeremy Clough, will present “Reading in the Waldorf School, Grades 1-5, ” a survey of the literacy curriculum in the early grades.

The meeting will end at 6:45; at that time, school director Jody Spanglet and outreach and enrollment coordinator Judith Soleil will welcome further questions and discussion.

Free, and open to the public.
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Grades 7 & 8 to Perform Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

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Ashwood Waldorf School’s 7th and 8th grades will present William Shakespeare’s comic tour de force Twelfth Night (or What You Will) at the Rockport Opera House on Wednesday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, February 11, at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, February 12, at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited. A $10 donation is suggested; under 16, free.

Shipwrecked twins, mistaken identities, love lost and found, and some of the most famous lines in Shakespeare’s oeuvre comprise this rich comedy that many critics have called the Bard’s greatest.

Viola has become separated from her identical twin brother, Sebastian, during a violent shipwreck and finds herself washed up on the shores of a foreign land. Believing her brother dead, she disguises herself as a man, names herself Cesario, and takes up service in the court of Count Orsino. It rapidly becomes apparent that Orsino is hopelessly in love with the heiress Olivia. Dispatched to woo Olivia for the count, Cesario only succeeds in winning fair Olivia’s love for himself. Meanwhile, Viola has fallen in love with the count!

All this takes place while Olivia’s carousing uncle, Sir Toby Belch, and his bumbling sidekick, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, torment Olivia’s steward Malvolio by drinking, joking, and singing late into the night. Then, to get revenge on the priggish Malvolio, Olivia’s maid, Maria, plots with them to convince Malvolio that Olivia is in love with him.

Two casts will be performing: Anikka Reinwand and Isabella LaBranche as the plucky Viola/Cesario, Sylvan Eichenlaub and Isaiah Doble as the lovesick Count Orsino, Rachel Sizeler-Fletcher and Morgan MacDougal as proud Olivia, Yonah Wienges as the twin brother, Sebastian, Caleb Edwards and Frances Ostensen as the conniving Malvolio, Kate Kemper as the Fool, Daniel Snider and Jasper Berryman Moore as Sir Toby Belch, Sofia Mott and Ocean Rancourt as the witty Maria, Cullan Hamilton and Michael Frampton as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Jacob Mills-Lightner and Jasper Louden as Antonio, Eli Moore and Andrew Levitt as Fabian, and Acer Van Dis as the Sea Captain.

New Dollmaking Class, January 2016

An ideal doll for a very young child is the “heavy baby,” a soft doll weighted with millet that little ones love to cuddle, hug, and lug around with them. The doll’s weight provides grounding, and children can both nurture the doll and feel nurtured when it sits on their lap or rests in their arms.

Ashwood Waldorf School is offering a free, four-week workshop where early-childhood teacher, Beth Lunt, will teach participants how to make a “heavy” (or ”bunting”) baby doll. Dates will be January 7, 14, 21, and 28 (all Thursdays), 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register no later than December 30; space is limited. A materials list will be provided when you register.heavy baby flyer

Annual Winter Revels at the Camden Opera House

Singing, dancing, strings ensemble, skits, poetry, humor, and lots of fun! Ashwood Waldorf School students and faculty invite everyone to join us for our wonderful, annual winter assembly. Free, and open to the public. Celebrate the season!Revels winter 2015 flyer

Winter Spiral of Light for the Community

This year, on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m., Ashwood is inviting parents, alumni, and friends to participate in the Winter Spiral of Light celebration in the early-childhood center.

The winter spiral is a lovely tradition celebrated in Waldorf schools around the world. The theme is nonsectarian and embraces all beliefs; we honor simply the light that each of us brings to the world, particularly when we share that light with others. We especially need this as the days grow shorter and the light wanes earlier and earlier each day.

Participants quietly enter a darkened room. As soft music plays, each receives an apple “candleholder” bearing a taper. A large spiral of evergreens waits on the floor, adorned with golden stars. In the center of the spiral a tree stump supports a lighted candle. Each person walks, one by one, from the beginning of the spiral into the center and lights their candle from the central flame, then turns and walks back, setting their candle down on a golden star along the way. One by one, each small flame lights up the whole room. When everyone has walked, they leave the room silently to bask in the inner image of the glowing spiral as they wait in the foyer of the early-childhood center for the delivery of their candleholders, which all are invited to take home.

If you plan to attend, please arrive no later that 5:50; thank you!

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Alumni Forum Rocks the House!

Ashwood Waldorf School hosted it’s annual all-school meeting on Tuesday, November 17, featuring a conversation with alumni moderated by alumni parent, Sarah Baldwin, a Waldorf educator and proprietor of Bella Luna Toys, and online retail site based in Rockland.

Alumni Aidan Acosta (2012), Caroline Ginsberg (2000), Alden Robinson (1998), Abraham Stimson (1998), Emily Seymour (2006), Valerie Shepard (1998), and Jesse Snider (2012) spoke with gratitude and enthusiasm about their time at Ashwood. Ginsberg stated, “This [education] is one of the biggest gifts my parents could have given me. I feel so appreciative of my parents for that.”

The graduates addressed two common misconceptions about Waldorf education: that students don’t learn to read, and that they are at a competitive disadvantage because no electronic technologies are used during grade school.

Shepard, a Mt. Holyoke graduate, said that her development as a reader was gradual. “At Ashwood there was no pressure on me. I could take my time. I had the freedom to develop on my own. Now I am a fast reader. It might have hampered me if I had been pushed.” All the alumni read regularly for pleasure.

Two of the former Ashwood students are web designers; both cite the school’s emphasis on “learning how to learn” and on imagination and creativity as crucial elements of their education. Robinson noted that modern technologies are designed to be easy to learn: “If you know how to learn then you can learn technologies.” Abraham added, “Curiosity is so much a part of the Ashwood Waldorf experience. It becomes part of your DNA and part of how you navigate the world.” And, graduates spoke of the need for balance in how we use technology: “I grew up without technology; it’s taking over people’s lives now. Without it you can tune in to who you are and who you are with and be more present in the moment.” (Valerie Shepard)

Looking toward the future, the graduates all said that they would choose a Waldorf education for their children. They cited the values of community, academic excellence, respect for and love of the natural world, imagination, empathy, and wonder as the hallmarks of their experience at Ashwood.

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From Molding Beeswax to Shaping the World

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Dollmaking Classes for Adults

Ashwood Waldorf School is offering an opportunity to create a beautiful, soft doll in time for holiday giving on six Thursday evenings: September 17, 24, and October 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in the Rosewood Early-Childhood Center on Ashwood’s campus in Rockport.

Ashwood early-childhood teacher, Beth Lunt, will provide free instruction and guide participants in purchasing necessary materials.

Call or email to register by September 8.

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Ashwood at the Farnsworth Art Museum

This fall, Ashwood Waldorf School early-childhood teacher, Beth Lunt, will be offering a series of crafting classes at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland. These classes are for children ages 2-6 with an adult, and feature simple, artistic creations made from natural materials. Meet new friends and gain new skills!

Friday mornings, 10:30-11:30 a.m., beginning September 11 and continuing through November 21.

We request a $5.00 donation per project for materials. Contact us with any questions; we look forward to seeing you!

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