Modern Waldorf by H M Clearihan
The Sunshine Bridge Curriculum follows an innovative approach known as Modern Waldorf which has been developed specifically for our syllabus.
Why was it developed?
Many educational philosophies can work effectively in the classroom or homeschool environment, and it’s up to parents and teachers to honour the pedagogies that work best for their children. Modern Waldorf is an approach that could potentially reengage some disgruntled or disheartened learners by offering a calm and rhythmic way of homeschooling or small group learning, with focuses on multiple intelligences and a connection to art and nature.
How was it Developed?
Modern Waldorf takes elements from Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy which places emphasis on the role of the imagination in learning, and attempts to foster and nourish the whole child (intellectually, practically, and emotionally). Within Modern Waldorf, there is also an emphasis on embedding new and relevant approaches into the learning experience. This is done in a way that fuses up-to-date, quality practises and ideas, with the tried and true practises of the past.
How can it be used?
Modern Waldorf is essentially being used already within classrooms and homeschool environments, because it’s a practise that makes sense.
Some parents and teachers instinctively bring beauty and creativity into mainstream lessons, they naturally give options and are open to negotiating - they focus on the whole child or young person.
The Sunshine Bridge Curriculum should be used by holistically inclined homeschool families, teachers and schools as a tool to assist in the development of stronger individualised programs for their students.
Enjoy, and learn on!
Hayley M Clearihan
(Bachelor of Education and BA in Psychology)