Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lakota Waldor School Winter Count

We would like to share with you a few images of the Winter Count that the students and staff of Lakota Waldorf School completed.  We were the only school selected to participate in the TAP Project with Naomi Averle and Sheena Meyers. 

Winter Counts are pictorial calendars that record events in the Lakota Culture as well as other tribes.  On the winter count here we included images of the different events and instruments utilized in the daily Waldorf education.  

Each and every student had a part in the designing and art work of this project.  Here our 1st grade student Ethan careful paints the daily activity of  "Painting".  This was a great project and we are so proud of "The Lakota Waldorf School" winter count.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Lakota Waldorf School has started back to school after the wonderful Holidays!

We have started the week off with some cold weather and very happy and excited children. 

We would like to Share a message from our gofundme campaign leader Truus Geraets:
Dear Friends,

We all dove into the Holiday Spirit and welcomed the New Year. This is the time for me to renew my commitment to the Lakota Waldorf School and the brave people who hope to be able to make a visible statement to the wider Lakota community by building a first class room in form of a TIPI.

We have come a long way to reaching our goal.  I hope that many of you want to pitch in once more, so that our goal can be realized.
I am excited that some 130 people are part of this effort! Thank you so much for this and for your encouraging messages.

for more info on this campaign please visit Lakota Waldorf School on the reservation
Thank you!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Lakota Waldorf School 
wishes you all a very festive and humble Christmas Holiday
as well as a very blessed New Year!! 

Children have worked on their special gifts to parents.  
As they are now on Holiday!! 

We are so very thankful to those who have been so kind in donating to our school this year
. We hope that you share our mission and also hope that you inspire others to join in helping our school prosper. Blessings to all!!

If you would like to donate or learn more please visit our website @

“Live through deeds of love, and let others live with tolerance for their unique intentions.”

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thank You Brooklyn Waldorf School!!

The Lakota Waldorf School has been extremely happy to receive a monetary donation from the Brooklyn Waldorf School. 

Betsy Gimenez and her 8th grade class sponsored a Thanksgiving fundraiser during their assembly on behalf of the Lakota Waldorf School.

Every contribution is greatly appreciated and we send our heartfelt Thank You.
Wopila Tanka for your Support!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Lakota Waldorf School would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for your donations, blessings, and continued support over the years. 

Because of your generosity, we have been able to move forward in our educational and service goals to the Children here on the Pine Ridge Reservation. We continue to exist because you cared enough to contribute. "Thank You" for your commitment to our students and their education.

As the season of Christmas is upon us, what would have more value than gifting the children with a brighter hopeful future? We do need and wish to have the continued support of donors like you to fund the essential aspects of this initiative. We would not be successful in our mission to increase the effectiveness of our school without your financial contribution.

We encourage you to share our blog and to continue to share our School mission with all. 

The children are our future, and they are better equipped to lead because of your commitment to their Success.

~May my soul bloom in love for all existence. (Rudolf Steiner)~

Friday, November 14, 2014

Painting Day!
Kindergarten Teacher Joyce, begins to tell the children a story as she introduces the technique of wet on wet painting for their daily activity. The children patiently wait as she also introduces the colors of red and blue.  Wet-on-wet watercolor is a dreamy, fluid, mostly formless painting method that allows the children to fully experience color. It is perfect for the process-oriented kindergarten age child who of course has quite the imagination.  
This photo captures how focused our children are when painting.  As he begins to use the color blue, we can just imagine the story his teacher told him replaying in his mind. With his full attention he is now captivated and captured by "Blue".  With smiles on their faces, they have completed wonderful art all their own. 

If you are interested or would like to learn more about the Lakota Waldorf School, please feel free to take a look at our website at Lakota Waldorf School.  A dear friend of the school also created a fundraising initiative through the internet on our behalf.  If you would like to donate and help our school here is the link  Also, our school is featured in an article in the Lakota Country Times on who we are and what we do. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Children at the Lakota Waldorf School are participating in the Teaching Artist Program Residency where local artist Sheena Meyers.  On October 28th, 2014 the children ventured out to a place called Yellow Bear Damn on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  At the beginning of the trip, they offered water and corn back to mother earth as a gift in return for the gifts they were about to receive.       

During their adventure with nature they collected a variety of plants to utilize as natural paint. They were so excited and focused on what they were looking for.  They found buffalo hair, wild raspberries, red cedar, golden rod, verbanium, cat tails, and elk or deer droppings.  The Lakota Waldorf School will utilize these different plants in a Lakota cultural project called a winter count. We extend a big thank you to Sheena and to Leslie Henry who helped us in finding the plants we needed.

Children who have experienced wonder and reverence in childhood can have the basis for gifts of spirituality, universality and love of the earth and its peoples as adults.
~Nurturing Love and Reverence for Nature~