Welcome to the Waldorf School of Mendocino County!
At WSMC we are dedicated to cultivating the capacities of each child through a developmentally respectful education. The imagination, joy and wonder essential to childhood are cultivated to foster a natural love of learning in which the whole child is engaged — body, mind, and spirit. At WSMC we offer a comprehensive, child-centered Waldorf education for children from preschool through 8th grade. In addition, we offer parent and child education and support for parents with children ages 1 to 3 in our Roots and Shoots program.
Waldorf education was founded in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner, a renowned Austrian philosopher, and has developed into the most rapidly growing educational movement in the world!
The Waldorf approach to education is a vital and dynamic process designed to develop free, confident human beings who have the creativity, discipline, and moral strength to meet the challenges of our changing world. Waldorf education is committed to competence in all the basic academic skills, and goes far beyond that goal. Some activities develop a child’s intellectual faculties, others develop artistic and moral faculties, still others instill strength, skill, and courage for action. The art of Waldorf education lies in recognizing the unfolding capacities in each individual child, and presenting each subject in such a way as to help the child awaken and integrate all of his or her powers.
The excellent short from the film Preparing For Life created by the Waldorf School of the Peninsula highlights the magic and efficacy of Waldorf Education. Just 17 minutes long, it is well worth a watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-ZSeepDmPE