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2014 - 2015:
7 things every kid should master
By Katrina Schwartz, Mind/Shift, March 6, 2015
School Stops Giving Homework So Kids Can Play Instead
Q&A: Blocks, Play, Screen Time And The Infant Mind
This show features Waldorf education and one of our speakers and friend of our school, Joan Almon.
Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning.
Is Your First Grader College Ready?
What Causes Girls to Enter Puberty Early?
10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12
The race to nowhere in youth sports
Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some
Teaching Children How to Think Instead of What to Think
Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School
A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still and focus. She can’t. Neither can the kids.
Emotional Health, Not Academic Obsession
The Holiday Season: Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle
The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside
Under-fives need more time to play, say carers as they warn of 'schoolification' of children's early years
Health benefits for those who stick to their knitting
consequences of Common Core testing.
The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K
Opinion Pages, The New York Times, October 21, 2014
University of Colorado, Boulder, June 19, 2014
The following two articles relate to the recent controversy in North Carolina around the play Almost Maine (performed by our high school seniors last spring). David Barham, who directed the play for our 2014 seniors, was interviewed on October 20, 2014 by the Bangor Daily News. Read what he had to say below:
Features quotes from David Barham.
Note: If the link above has expired, you can read it by clicking here.
The original artical from North Carolina
Parents saying no to too much homework
Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?
By Richard Louv, The New Nature Movement, Sept 22, 2014
Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static
More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids
Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today
Limiting screen time critical for children's academic, emotional development
The Screen Time Rules You Really Should Enforce This Year
Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress
By Jeanne Whalen, Health & Wellness, The Wall Street Journal, 09/16/14
Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent
Technology executives limit their children’s screen time as Apple’s leader once did.
Seven Reasons to Not (always) Answer Your Child’s Questions
Teaching Is Not a Business
Parenting Lessons I Learned From a Waldorf Kindergarten.
Forum for Grades 5-12 & Parents:
Grades 5 - 12 Forum:
Bill Yeo Speaks about his Everest Ascent
Thursday, April 2, 1:50 - 2:50 p.m.
Bill is a father in the second grade, Parents are welcome to join grades 5 - 12 for this talk on Thursday.
"The Mask you Live in" Film:
April 2, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Yarmouth High School Performing Arts Center.
Merriconeag Waldorf School is co-sponsoring this film, The Mask you Live in, with Maine Boys to Men and Yarmouth High School. The film explores American masculinity and it is from the team behind Miss Representation, a film we previously co-sponsored, . This event is recommended for audience members 17 and older. Admission is free but space is limited so registration is required. Register today by clicking below.
Tour of Grades 1 - 8:
Wed, April 8, 8-10:30 am, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport, Begins in Community Hall.
Tour of Grades 1-8.
An opportunity for adults to experience Waldorf education first-hand by observing our students & teachers in action.
This tour is for adults only. Please call 207-865-3900, ext. 103, to register.
Tea & Play Session:
Fri, April 10, 9 - 10 am.
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Prospective parents: Bring your child, share
a cup of tea with us and learn more about our
programs for young children. Storytime at 9:30.
For more info & to register: 207.865.3900,
Ext 163 or
Variety Show & Silent Auction to Benefit Tiered Tuition:
Saturday, April 11, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. (Happy Hour 5-6 p.m.), Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood:
Tues, April 14, 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport
This event is for prospective parents interested in Waldorf early childhood education. After a glimpse into a kindergarten classroom, we will discuss our unique
approach and answer questions. Adults only. Please register by calling 207-865-3900, ext. 103.
Tues, April 14, 6:15 pm
"You Can't Take It With You":
Grade 8 Play
Wed, April 15, 1:00 pm.
Thurs, April 16, 7:00 pm.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
The 8th Graders will present their play, "You Can't Take It With You." Please join us.
Bring A Friend Day:
Fri, April 17, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Register your grade school friend through firstname.lastname@example.org