Our Philosophy

/Our Philosophy

Greenwood Tree provides a dynamic, rhythmic, and holistic learning environment in which children and adults are guided in their exploration by the framework of gentle daily rhythms, and the awareness of the inherent cycles of nature. The arts, humanities, and sciences are interwoven with one another to inspire a passion for life-long learning, and to encourage the discovery of joy in and through all of the senses. We respect and encourage physical, mental and spiritual balance by bringing together kinesthetic, academic, and artistic activities. The children are surrounded by the moral qualities of truth, beauty and goodness, in the way the classroom and school is built and cared for, in the actions of the adults around them, and in the content of the lessons.

As a cooperative we are inspired by the Waldorf philosophy of education and are committed to its study; we also feel free to engage complimentary perspectives. Teachers and staff will have training in Waldorf education. The classrooms, activities, and lessons will be given and received personally -electronic media such as television, computers, and tape-recorders are not used in the classroom.

You are there to share the school experience with your child. In the Root Children, parent toddler class, you participate in the class with your child – playing, learning, and making new friends together. In our Thimbleberry Kindergarten class, you volunteer in the classroom 1-3 times a month. In the Grades Homeschooling Enrichment Classes, you also volunteer 1-2 times a quarter in the classroom and remain involved in the education provided at home. You get to know the teachers, the other parents, and all the children your child interacts with on a daily basis. This also fosters an environment of open communication between you and your child’s teacher as well as other parents.