Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education
The first Waldorf school was founded in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in more than 70 countries around the globe. The Centennial, Waldorf100, is an occasion to further develop Waldorf education for contemporary times, and focus more consciously on its global dimensions. In celebration of this milestone, Waldorf schools and communities worldwide are participating in exciting projects and initiatives. Here is a glimpse into the Waldorf School of Lexington’s projects:
Postcard Exchange Project: During the 2018-2019 academic year, Waldorf schools around the world participated in a postcard exchange initiative to both broaden the perspective of students and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Waldorf education. Students from every Waldorf school created and sent a postcard to every other Waldorf school in the world. Each postcard was individually designed by a student, telling or showing something of their country, school, or self. This innovative global project has connected 1,100 students and schools to one another through individualized and artistically designed postcards, which have been arranged, by each school, into a map for public display. Stop by our main office to view the collection of postcards that WSL received from other Waldorf Schools.
GreenBee Wildlife Web Initiative: The world’s bee and pollinator population has declined at an alarming rate in recent years thereby threatening the world’s food supply. One-third of the world’s food source relies on pollination by bees, birds, bats, and other insects, of which bees are by far the most significant player. As part of the Waldorf education centennial celebration, Waldorf schools across the globe are taking action by cultivating gardens, tending bees and establishing bee-tending programs to help support and rebuild the pollinator population.
At the Waldorf School of Lexington, gardening and farming are valued and essential components of our experiential curriculum. In our beautiful biodynamic garden, students are introduced to principles of planting and growing. Our community cultivates flowers and vegetables, many of which are used in our school kitchen and lunch program. This past Earth Day, our students planted pollinator seeds around our campus in celebration of Waldorf100—we thank the Turtle Tree Seed for donating over 3,500 seeds to our school!
WSL also maintains beehives and a student-built “pollinator hotel” for native bees. This past spring, our fifth grade witnessed the exciting arrival of new bees to our beehives. To further our understanding of pedagogical tools for teaching about the bees, WSL Kindergarten teacher Mary Mansur attended a four day workshop at Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary. This workshop was dedicated to the Honeybees and Waldorf Schools in light of Waldorf100.