Last night, Mulberry Waldorf School students, parents, and teachers gathered together for the annual Lantern Walk.
At this time of year In the Northern hemisphere, people mark the changing of the seasons with feasts to celebrate the harvest (e.g., Canadian Thanksgiving), festivals of goodness and light to comfort and inspire us as we face approaching dark and cold of winter (e.g., St. Martin’s Day, Bandhi Chor Diwas and Diwali), and festivals or days that honour those that have passed (Remembrance Day, Dia de los Muertos)..
When we make a lantern to protect a little flame, we are also creating protection for our own internal flame, so that we may carry it safely through the dark world. It may only be a small and fragile light--but every light brings relief to the darkness.
We are grateful that our current school community includes families who enrich our school culture by sharing with us their traditional festivals.
Our students love Handwork! This fundamental aspect of Waldorf education helps children develop a range of skills which are essential for their future success in life.
Handwork is an integral part of Waldorf education that has been practiced for over a century. The Waldorf approach to education places a strong emphasis on the development of the whole child, including their hands-on skills. Handwork refers to the teaching of various handicrafts such as knitting, crocheting, weaving, and sewing, among others. In recent years, handwork has gained renewed attention as research has shown that it offers numerous benefits to children's development.