We want to take you and your children out into the deep dark magical woods, located right in the middle of the city. And we want you to join us on Thursdays!
The Nature Immersion Program visits local areas that offer unstructured wildnerness, to allow the children to encounter and observed raw nature, wild spaces, unstructured places where they would roam, explore, create, and absorb the beautiful Oregon natural influences. Recent spaces have included Rock Elk Island, Sauvie Island, Kelly Point Park, and other secret urban wild areas!
The fact is, when we immerse ourselves into a forest, a field, a stream side, a meadow, or any natural settings, we are surrounded and bathed by the invisible forces of the habitat, visually, mentally, emotionally, and all of our sensory experiences are heightened and enchanced, shifted in subtle ways, and the child responds to these experiences in ways far beyond what we can perceive in the moment.
Children who are immersed in natural settings regularly appear to develop in important areas like empathy, gratitude, wonder, reverence, inclusivity, balanced judgment and thinking skills, creativity, and self confidence. For a young child, learning how to make a fire to warm oneself in the cold wet wintertime, is an achievement that stretches well into future adulthood. Capable confident children come out of our year long nature immersion program. You will be proud and surprised of the skills that your child demonstrates and shares with you!
We believe and have observed that children who spend a substantial amount of time outside, year round, are better leaners and better problem solvers.
A typical day starts at 9:30 am when we gather at a specific site, generally a public wild area, with the 3 teachers and about 25 children. Parents often stay for a while and join in the activities.
During the day we offer both structured activities, learning opportunities and free play to enjoy the natural setting. The children are loosely divided into three groups, one with each teacher, and each group has its own special skills and recognition based on the development stage.
Younger children play and create nature based crafts, hear stories and songs related to the season and the setting. Middles carry more responsibility with hiking, games, tracking, survival skills, and the oldest become the Fire Keepers, learning to build and maintain life-sustaining camps, cooking fires, and more, all immersed in the imaginative world of the global stories inspired by Mother Earth.
We enjoy snack and lunch during the day, and the children freely explore and encounter wild animals, insects, earth, wind, rain, water, and even mud during these wonderful days.
Favorite activities have included archery, shelter building, plant medicine, tracking and scouting, and tree climbing. Some very beautiful craft projects and survival tools have been created during these wonderful days.
We offer an exciting and unique outdoor Thursday for children at our school. Teachers are Laura Johnson, Justine Verigin and Peter Bauer, this year will mark the sixth year of this very successful program and only outdoor all day option, year round, for children in the metro area. Peter is well known for his Rewild! organization, and Laura and Justine are full time teachers at Shining Star Waldorf School as well as graduates of the Portland Waldorf School.. .
Full tuition for the year is $1900.
To sign up call 503 753 4459. Space is limited, please sign up early.
Thank you for joining us in this pioneering adventure!
Welcome to Shining Star Waldorf School
We offer fine quality academic and artistic education for children and families from preschool to grade seven. Our main campus is located at 2120 NE Tillamook, Portland, OR 97212, and our satellite K is at NE 37th & Skidmore, in the Bethany Lutheran Church across from Wilshire Park.
BIG FALL FUNDRAISER
DECEMBER 9th, TUESDAY, Please help us with our DOUGH FOR DOLLARS CAMPAIGN at Pizzacato on NE Fremont and 42nd Street, proceeds will benefit our school fund for scholarships, please purchase, order, or obtain gift certificates to help us, all day long, thank you so very much!
Our phone is 503 753 4459, and our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Our school has about 80 children and families, and offer a unique 3 day-in-class, 9 am to 3 pm, and the Thursday Outdoor Nature Immersion program to create a 4-day school week, no Fridays. Children in the K classes (mixed ages 3-5) attend M-T-W 9 am to 1 pm, and we offer aftercare to 3 pm.
Our school is a member of AWSNA (Waldorf association) and we offer handwork, music, strings, choir, band, eurhythmy, German, folk dance, games, and so much more. The teachers are extraordinary individuals who love children and Waldorf education, and strive to promote a healthy healing environment that is socially conscious and inclusive. Our families are strong and capable and play a leading role in Parent Council and support. The Board of Directors is motivated and engaged in long term visioning and short term leadership. It is a wonderful little school!
Class sizes are smaller, with 10-19 children, average is 14.
Please let us know if we can assist you in your search for the perfect education for your family!
ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE BEES: Our wonderful annual event is approaching January 31st, this is a full day of fun for your family with the focus on our delightful and essential friends, the BEES. We will offer games, crafts, stories, honey and honey products from vendors, bee hives, delicious hot lunch and baked goods, silly photo booth to dress up in costumes, live music, a real BEE party!
We also offer a fabulous small-school Silent Auction. Parents and others donated and gather crafts, services, goods, and so much more, to offer to everyone, even children make nice items to donate to the school to help us. Most of the funds we raise in our silent auction go directly to support children's tuition at this school, where we offer sliding scale and financial aid so that every single child who wants a Waldorf education, may have the opportunity to obtain one in our classes.
We also accept donations directly for this purpose, you can simply donate funds to us via this convenient paypal donation button and we will deposit it directly, 100% of it, to help a family in need at our school. You can do such a good deed in the world by pushing that button, and you are also eligible to declare this donation as a tax deductible expense on your taxes. Everyone wins.
Please come to our Festival of the Bees! Activities are mostly free with a small fee for crafts and food. If you could hear the joyful sounds of children laughing, playing, learning, and growing, in times of humor, in times of reflection, in times of considering how to best serve the community and the world, you would see, right away, that our efforts to bring a kind of revolutionary type of education into the world of materialism, is accomplishing so many great deeds! And the future will belong to these children, who receive a kind of education that is community-focused, that is other-centered, that is exciting and inviting, and lives right into the heart of each child, meeting their individual stages of development. More details to follow, soon!