"The heart of childhood is Play."
- Sharifa Oppenheimer, Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children
If you visit the Charlottesville Waldorf School (CWS), you’ll find a 13-acre retreat in the heart of the city - an enchanting place where children are encouraged to foster their creativity and nurture their individuality. A core belief of CWS, and of a Waldorf Education in general, is that “true learning is a process of discovery that engages the whole human being.”
Children are often outside, exploring their environment, interacting with the natural world, or engaging in a lesson through play, art, music, and movement. Learning is a dynamic and integrative process. Learning happens through play, in its various amazing forms. CWS classes span from Early Childhood programs, such as the Parent-Child classes, to upper middle school.
The CWS approach to children, as well as the general atmosphere of the campus, is one of warmth and kindness. The classrooms are welcoming with a comforting sense of homey familiarity and aesthetic design. Chalkboards display lesson plans and changing works of art. Toys are open-ended, often hand-made, and intentional. There is a feeling of harmony, an appreciation of intuitive daily rhythms.