I would propose that one who works with his hands and his head and his heart is also a Waldorf student. Our students at Beaver Run receive a Waldorf education that draws forth the true artist in each and every student. Since students with special needs receive educational funding through their 21st year, we at Beaver Farm have a unique opportunity to extend Waldorf education into a truly remarkable realm.
At Beaver Farm our students live in a village setting, just as they did in Beaver Run, but now as young adults they are asked to take on more responsibility. Through immersion in daily life — living, working, and celebrating together — we learn to trust each other and forge relationships with ourselves and other people. By living on a farm our students also build a connection to the Earth, as the farm provides a predictable and rhythmic life just like the seasons of the year: it is natural, reassuring, and life-affirming.
Students learn through performing real life, purposeful activities that enhance their intellectual, emotional, and physical health. We provide appropriate levels of support throughout the day and a practical skills curriculum that is both educational and therapeutic. A holistic learning experience where our students gather the raw materials, process them, and learn the skills to make useful, beautiful items, and nutritious home-cooked and home-grown meals is central to our daily routines. They are truly working with head, heart, and hands!
We feel honored and lucky to provide our Beaver Run graduates the “crowning” of a complete Waldorf education. If only all Waldorf schools could extend their curriculum to the 21st year!
By Erin Byrne, Faculty