Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Lakota Waldorf School strives to initiate the educational process while maintaining the Lakota Language and Culture.
Our goal is to empower our Lakota children so they will create positive active futures for themselves and their community.
~Mission Statement~
First Graders eager to learn!

Receive the Child in reverence, educate the child in love, send him forth in freedom...
 ~  Rudolf Steiner                                   

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Waldorf teachers introduce the letters, beginning with the consonants in first grade by deriving them from pictures. We introduce the children to certain visual language forms. We have them draw simple round and angular shapes for the sake of the forms.  Through that we are able to introduce the children to writing.  Here is the first grade learning this style in Language Arts. 


 First graders hear stories, draw pictures, and discover the letter in the gesture of the picture.  One of our students spells the word "gum" and has been working on three letter words, sounding them out and is very happy that she feels that she can read and write just about anything. 

“Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves.”
Rudolf Steiner, Rhythms of Learning

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On October 3, 2014 Lakota Waldorf School 1st graders ventured out into the garden to see what they could find.  After the first frost, we still have tomatoes and green peppers.  Gardening provides an avenue for reconnection as well as an opportunity for meaningful work, healthful exercise, and extremely fresh and nutritious food.
October 3, 2014 was also
On pizza day, the children have the daily activity of helping with lunch.  Incorporating food – growing, preparing and eating – in the curriculum from the earliest ages is one way that students’ heads, hands and hearts become engaged.
“In the universe we have not to do with repetitions, each time that a cycle is passed, something new is added to the world's evolution and too at its human stage of development”
Rudolf Steiner, Anthroposophy in Everyday Life

Thursday, October 2, 2014

In Canwahpe Gi Win - September
Lakota Waldorf Students worked on grinding canpha (choke cherries) and made them into patties that they will be using for the fall and winter months ahead as wojapi (pudding) with their lunch meal. The making of these patties is part of their Lakota Cultural life way in making preparations for the winter months.  They did a wonderful job and as you see enjoyed their daily activity.
The kindergarten students also enjoy their daily activity of painting. Wet-on-wet watercolor painting is a technique taught in Waldorf schools. It’s a satisfying artistic experience with beautiful results.  Because the wet paint is laid on wet paper, the colors flow, blending into one another in beautiful and unexpected ways. Here they are enjoying the colors of blue and yellow.

Children who live in an atmosphere of love and warmth, and who have around them truly good examples to imitate, are living in their proper element.
            —Rudolf Steiner, The Education of the Child

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Our Students enjoyed the morning with the morning harvest and  gardening.  They, as well as the teachers, went out and picked as many tomatoes as they could.  The weather is changing now and we are soon expecting our first frost.

"May my soul bloom in love for all existence"

- Rudolf Steiner 
We feel it is important for our students to learn with head, hand, and heart. The connection with nature will provide healthier living for our students.  It always makes the heart happy when the children are happy.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Our new school year here at Lakota Waldorf School 2014 to 2015 has begun.

We are very happy to have the children back this school year.  Lakota Waldorf school is working with kindergarten, first, and second graders.  The staff, board of directors, and parents would like to thank everyone for their continued support. 

Everyday has been very exciting for our second graders to look in the chicken coup for fresh eggs from our family of school chickens.  We are fortunate to have a garden that provides nourishment for the students. Here they are able to pick tomatoes, bell peppers, and cabbage.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Time to Garden!

Our students here at Lakota Waldorf School have started their garden! We feel it is important for our students to learn with head, hand, and heart. The connection with nature will provide healthier living for our students. We here at Lakota Waldorf School eat organic, and our garden plays a big part in our year. The students have planted various fruits and vegetables a couple of months ago in preparation for this warmer time of year. It is a really good feeling to watch the children enjoy digging in the dirt and planting with smiles on their faces. We thank you for your continued support as the end of the school year comes to a close.

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