In life, more valuable than knowledge is the path travelled to acquire it.
After pre-school, children begin their formal learning process, as their intellectual development is encouraged through the establishment of fundamental learning capabilities; the child’s memory expands and memory retention increases, as a relationship emerges between represented and recollected images.
In their early childhood, Primary Education should serve as a transition or passage that allows children to develop in harmony and balance, gradually discovering the vast world that unfolds before them throughout this stage of their education, while they find their place in that world and their own personal identity. This gradual discovery of the world should allow space for the wonder and curiosity characteristic of children, which will later transform into true interest and enthusiasm during adolescence and remain in the future adult as personal assets that will accompany them throughout their lives.
In Waldorf-Steiner schools, the Primary curriculum covers the developmental needs of children in each academic year and nurtures their capabilities through the educational content and experience of the school. This curriculum is designed with a holistic image of the human being in mind, finding a balance between the cognitive, emotional and volitional parts of the individual as a whole.
All conceptual learning is presented through art, thus prioritising processes, the ability to transform, and global understanding.
The same teacher accompanies the group throughout every year of Primary Education, creating a close relationship with the children as well as their families, providing the teacher with a global vision of the child’s development and providing parents with a very important reference and support.
Children create their own textbooks, which stimulates their artistic creativity and responsibility for the work they carry out in each school subject. It also facilitates their continuous evaluation as well as the individual attention and care of students and the observation of the entire group’s rhythm, while helping in the teacher’s self-evaluation.
The daily activities in the classroom favour the individual and social growth of students, who must learn to know themselves and appreciate the capabilities of others and offer their support in whatever difficulties they encounter, specially because their motivation is not directed at being better than others, but rather at surpassing themselves. Teamwork is encouraged in order to help each child in the group to find his or her own place, whatever their capabilities may be, while they understand and value what they are capable of creating together.
The International Waldorf-Steiner School EL FAROL is a bilingual Spanish and English school, and contemplates the expansion to more advanced stages of education, with the parents of our students, as well as our entire educational community, very active in order to achieve this objective. Given their participation and involvement in the education of their children and their desire to see our school continue to grow towards later stages of education, they are also available to aid other parents who wish to become involved in the project.
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