Information today is virtually infinite. The Internet makes it instantly available, and instantly updatable. There is no shortage of information – we can find out anything about anything at any time. So it’s not the amount or availability of information that’s the problem. The problem is the lack of people who can analyse, synthesise, understand and apply this information.
This is what Roseway Waldorf strives to do: To develop discernment and critical thinkers.
One of the things that makes the school successful in this endeavour is their approach to teaching, particularly in subjects such as Maths and Science.
Science is not about learning bland facts without context, it’s about a clear, intrinsic understanding of how the world works and how it all fits together. Every science experiment needs to be done. Children need to see, experience and then record these experiences. They also need time to ponder, to think about what they’ve seen, what it means, and why it matters.
Waldorf science is taught in the context of time – how long does it take for leaves to fall from trees? Or for flowers to return in Spring? Science starts with a clean, unbiased and unfiltered observation of nature. Children are not told what they should be seeing. They are taught to see what is really there, and make the connections for themselves.
As part of this journey, Waldorf children learn how to ask great questions.
This is a lifelong skill that will stand them in good stead all their lives. Waldorf learners learn to think.
The same approach is taken with the teaching of Maths. The children start by learning the four foundational mathematical operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, but all their learning comes from rich stories and hands-on exploration and play. As with Science, the strong focus – primarily in the early years – is on sensory observation. This focus continues throughout the primary school years, developing the children’s observation ability through the development of all their senses.
We’d love to show you around our school and tell you more about our unique approach to teaching – and how it benefits our children. Call us today on 031 768 1309.