The Handwork teacher

I am a mother to two beautiful girls and I teach Handwork and Fine Arts in our local waldorf charter school in Arizona.

Monday, June 16, 2008

visiting other waldorf schools

I think I am one of those people that likes to visit other waldorf schools and take pictures of them...kind of like those people that like to visit churches all over Europe.....is that too funny!


we drove an hour to get to the Taos waldorf school and what a wonderful drive!!!! right along the river, through the canyon....wow! it must be amazing when it is snowy.

The school is set right at the base of a beautiful mountain range....I took pics but I can't get the pics onto this computer....so you will have to wait.


They have a yurt as the Eurythmy room and all around is farm land.....cows, horses, veggies.......

and the town is sooooo sweet with the best toy shop I have EVER been to.....its an alternative toy shop.....any waldorf families dream toy shop...its called Twitter and they had free art classes and a whole play ground with a canopy of trees and comfy chairs for moms and dads to sit in while you watch your kids run around climbing rope/ tube course and mushroom play structure.
It was a very smart business move to have a play area as part of the toy shop....the thing is you have to walk through the toy shop to get to it. so kids always want to buy stuff. they even have a bath room with free diapers so moms don't have to leave if they run out of diapers.....
Moms just bring lunch and play for hours. the play area is clean and the kids take off their shoes and run around....the play structures are all shoe free zones because of the foam/ trampoline sturctures

10 comments:

woolies said...

wow it sounds like a place I would have loved to have taken my kids when they were young. We had one independently owned toy shop that had a huge wooden train play-space. My youngest son LOVED it.
what town is this in? I wonder if they have a website...

Jenn said...

WHERE is this place? I want to live there so bad!! What a dream come true! A place to belong...I love where we live, but we are outsiders here in bible-belt america!! I want more like-minded families near me...I want to mingle and mix and be accepted and loved!!

I can't wait to see pix!

woolies said...

nevermind my earlier question, I just read some more and see that you are in Taos. I haven't been there in over 20 years, it is one of the most fabulous places I've ever visited. Sante Fe too. Have you been to Chaco Canyon??

Dawn said...

I would love to start visiting some Waldorf schools as well. The one you describe sounds amazing.

Cadi said...

I love peeking in at other school's, too... and seeing bookwork & other things students have created... :-)

karen said...

hi my names karen, i love your blog! ive been doing family daycare for the past 18 months and am very interested in waldorf teaching and toys but unfortunately i dont live near a waldorf school or know anyone who knows anything about it so blogs like yours are so great for me! its given me lots of great toy ideas and its lovely to hear about your teaching and local school. id love to know about plant dying (the materials needed and process) if you dont mind sharing. thanks for your great blog, i will definately be following it to be further inspired!

Lizz said...

It will be fun to see pictures!

Lisa Anne said...

I like to visit Waldorf schools in different towns too. I even visited when I was in Luxembourg and Tours,France. In Luxembourg they have a high school that was really awesome. My only surprise in the Elementary was that the class rooms were so small! The handwork room was sparse and tidy, not like the one at our (former) school!

denise said...

I love Taos - I remember the drive from Santa Fe to there (used to live in Santa Fe, Albuquerque & Cochiti Lake). It is one of my favorite places in this country. I would love to live there some day. Sounds like a lovely school too - can't wait for photos!

RunninL8 said...

I wish there were more in Alaska to see! a YURT! Great idea! Our waldorf school just bought their campus and are now trying to squeeze in all the grades(the upper grades were at another campus). Yurts would be awesome!