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 if you have a child ages six to eleven! This past year, the Nature Immersion Program visited Mt. Tabor, Kelly Point Park, The Children's Arboretum, Washington Park, the Arboretum, and Wapato Flats on Sauvie Island. And we cannot forget Elk Rock Island located in the middle of the Willamette. The children encountered and observed raw nature, wild spaces, unstructured places where they would roam, explore, create, and absorb the beautiful Oregon natural influences.
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!
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.
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 makr the fifth 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 are located at 2120 NE Tillamook (satellite K is located at NE 37th & Skidmore) and we offer friendly loving warm education for your family, for children from birth to grade seven.
Our classrooms are small and our teachers are fantastic. We are working to bring Waldorf education to many families who long for artistic and imaginative schooling.
We offer a four day per week program, no Fridays, and our Thursdays are spent outdoors, year round in our Nature Immersion Program. You can sign up for one day, three day or four day options at our school.
We are entering the 12th year of our blessed journey and have attracted many wonderful kind and compassionate families to our school. We are proud to offer many subject lessons including eurythmy, choir, German, handwork, games, folk dance, woodworking, beginning and advanced strings, beginning and advanced band, and so much more. Our teachers are dedicated to their classroom teaching and we are an evolving and progressive spiritual community of like-minded learners.
At our school, we depend on parent help and assistance to operate a full program that is filled with joyful festivals (Dragonfest, Starry Night Lantern Walk, Beefest, and Merry May Day) and thriving auction-fund raising to help more families attend the school. We like creative thinkers and dreamers, we welcome diverse students and unique families into our warm and happy place.
Currently we offer the following classes, please check out the various pages to find out more, we have a great summer program for you, and hope you will call for an appt. right away as we have only a few spots left in our classes for Fall 2014.
Family Play Group: Wilshire Site with Mrs. Rice
German Immersion K, ages 3-5, Wilshire Site with Frau Brigitte
Waldorf K, ages 3-5, Tillamook Site with Ms. Julie
Grade 1, Tillamook Site with Ms. Dee and Mr. David
Grade 2, Tillamook Site with Mr. Chi
Grade 3-4, Tillamook Site, with Ms. Deirdre
Grade 5, Tillamook Site, with Ms. Laura
Grade 6-7, Tillamook Site, with Mrs. Johnson
Altogether we have over 80 children in our school. Please consider us for your education. M-W 9 am to 3 pm, Th 9:30 to 2:30, Ks 9 am to 1 pm.