Welcome to Whidbey Island Waldorf School
Outdoor Forest Kindergarten at WIWS!Reverence for nature and honoring of her seasons and cycles are part and parcel of a Waldorf education. In keeping with this spirit of reverence and in accordance with our strong support of play-based Early Childhood education, our Kindergarten students enjoy significant time out-of-doors.
Outdoor Education at its Finest
Our young students in the Sunflower Kindergarten begin their days inside with an art or craft, and then go outside for walks and play on the beautiful 100-acre forest preserve upon which our beautiful campus is situated.
Students in the Golden Forest Kindergarten spend all their time outside on the land, playing, singing, moving, walking and at least one day a week, roasting potatoes!
To read more about Forest/Outdoor Kindergartens, click HERE.
"Balance is a key word in our education. A child is not some cerebral machine stuck behind a desk
to be stuffed with facts and information. A child is an awakening intellect, a burgeoning emotive being,
and a being of the will--the will to live, discover
and grow. Any education worthy of the name
must address itself to all three of these faculties
in the name of wholeness and health."
~Bill Bryant, from "Waldorf Education: The Art of Awakening the Child"
Link to our Resource Gallery to read an article about 6th Grade Archery here at WIWS!
"I rejoice that my children are met each day by our outstanding and dedicated faculty, by the juicy
curriculum, and by the spirit of this education which,
at its heart, has true respect for the soul of the child
I am so grateful to have found
this fertile soil for their eager, budding selves."
~Sarah Walston, WIWS parent
2015-16 marks 30 years of
Waldorf education at WIWS!
View our Student Gallery for videos of student performances!
View our Gallery Page for videos, interviews, and articles of interest about Waldorf Education!
"It is aliveness that must be the guiding principle.
Joy and happiness in living, a love of all existence,
a power and energy for work, and imagination,
a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility...
These are the forces which are the very nerve of education."
~ Rudolf Steiner