About Pleasant Valley School

About Pleasant Valley School

Our Philosophy: Teaching through

Head, Heart and Hands

Through multi-faceted, multi-sensory learning experiences, teachers and students use various strategies to develop three distinct capabilities for thinking, feeling, and intentional, purposeful activity. The three fundamental forces are infused through the use of Head, Heart, and Hands or by developing thinking, feeling, and willing. 

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Head

 

Children develop the ability to think imaginatively which will empower them to receive information with clarity, comprehend situations to their fullest, and develop solutions to unsolvable problems. 

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Heart

 

Children will learn how to become resilient to help them navigate tough situations in life and be sensitive enough to instinctively read between the lines of what is being presented. ​

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Hands

 

Through intentional and purposeful play, children learn they can take their hopes and dreams and turn them into reality. Teachers foster an attitude of confidence and self-esteem within the children which encourages the child to will their ideas and dreams into existence.

Receive the children with reverence.
Educate them in love.
Send them forth in freedom. 


- Rudolf Steiner

The Importance of Play

 

At Pleasant Valley School we believe that playfulness is a quality worth preserving. It promotes well-rounded development. Playing engages children mentally, emotionally and physically. It is through social situations that our children learn to develop emotional maturity. They learn to share, agree and cooperate which ultimately teaches them to be a part of a social group. By allowing children to completely envelop themselves in play, they learn how to be focused and concentrated on one task, ultimately developing their attention span. Through imaginative play they learn to solve problems in a variety of different ways.

The Importance of Work

 

In Waldorf preschools, teachers intentionally work in the presence of children and whenever possible the children are encouraged to help. Children find joy in helping others, and through this contribution they learn to do their fair share. Children learn that the product of something comes from the work put into it by one or many. This becomes an integral learning process, especially in a world where our children are accustomed to instant gratification.  

The Importance of Imitation

 

Through meaningful and purposeful activity, children learn to imitate positive actions and behaviors that will carry them through life. Children are at very impressionable ages, they are open to the world and all its experiences, and it is through these experiences in which they learn. Waldorf trained teachers learn to master the art of role modeling for the children; they are aware the children are watching them at every step and stage. Teachers make sure their actions are worthy of imitation at all times. It is through imitation and example that the children learn to have a relationship with their environment.

The Importance of Stories

 

As important as work and play are for a child, we strive for balance, and quiet time is equally important. Children learn folk and fairy tales from around the globe. Teachers pay particular attention to the word choice and tone of their stories, captivating them with rich details. The stories model proper behavior as well as face to face interaction, which fosters emotional nurturing. 

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Understanding Waldorf

Understanding Waldorf