- Waldorf Education
- Hawaiian Cultural Knowledge
- Sustainable Agriculture
The curriculum offers a holistic, hands-on, project-based education inspired by Waldorf education, promoting student achievement in language arts, math, science, visual arts, foreign languages, musical training and movement.
Our curriculum embraces the values of Hawaiian culture, with a particular focus on environmental education and community sustainability through understanding and respect for the people, land and sea of Hawai’i. The curriculum is rich in the life-sustaining practices of farming and gardening that are a vital part of Hawai‘i Island life. Waldorf education embraces the whole child, heart, hands, and mind. The philosophy is based on the understanding of the developing human being as described by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher and educator, who founded the first Waldorf school in 1919. Today, Steiner’s approach to education is the foundation for the curriculum and methods at Waldorf schools around the world.
Waldorf education regards the child as an integrated being whose physical, emotional, and mental capacities need nourishment and cultivation for healthy growth. It considers art, music, and handcrafts to be as important as reading, writing, and arithmetic in child development. Academic studies are therefore enlivened and balanced with artistic and social activities, and each lesson engages the student’s need for doing, feeling, and thinking.
In addition to such core subjects as language and literature, mathematics, and the natural and social sciences, each student also learns to knit, sew, model with clay, work with wood, plant and tend a garden, play a stringed instrument, recite poetry, paint, sing, engage in plays and eurythmy, and play the recorder.
Waldorf education seeks to create individuals who have a reverence for nature, a respect for others, and a love for learning. Through their experiences, Waldorf students become adults who can flourish wherever their imagination leads them.
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