One of the things I really like about Waldorf education is the attention that the teachers spend on creating a warm, inviting, classroom. Every class I’ve seen has a “Nature Table”, for example, where students bring in interesting or cool things they’ve found in the great outdoors, be it a rock, stick, leaf, snake skin, or whatever else catches their eye.
In our school, parents also take turns being the flower fairy, which is what I find myself having to deal with tonight, even though it’s almost 11pm. The flower fairy, as we say, waits for no-one…
What’s a flower fairy? It’s a parent who picks (or, more commonly, buys) flowers and brings them into the classroom, to arrange as a few bouquets in vases and perhaps leaves one or two on the nature table too.
With the warm colors of a typical Waldorf classroom, the requirement that children wear non-logo clothing, and the attention of the teachers towards creating a good learning environment, it’s quite a shock to visit non-Waldorf classrooms and find them so sterile and cold by comparison.
As with much involved with a private school, it’s easy to see the benefit of the additional expectations on the parents, but it’s also easy to see how enrolling your children in an independent school is really more about enrolling your family in the school!
Meanwhile, I gotta pop out now and buy some flowers, so tomorrow we can help the flower fairy make our daughter’s classroom look beautiful, warm and inviting, the perfect environment to be maximally conducive to learning.
See ya in a few!