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WALDORF/STEINER EDUCATION

Most of the articles on these pages tackle the subtance of Waldorf/Steiner education itself and have mostly been written to introduce its principles to the general public.Β 

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  1. Ingrid Bustamante / May 23 2010 9:00 pm

    Hi, where can i find the Waldorf homeschooling curriculum? I’m 5 months pregnant and was wondering maybe if i’ll have time to learn it before my baby goes to kindergarten. Is ok to teach him the Waldorf way while he goes to a regular school?
    By the way, thanks for the information regarding the Gamot Cogon school, will check it out. Thank you for all the information you have shared.

    • panjeetapales / May 24 2010 6:24 am

      Hi Ingrid,

      The homeschooling curriculum applies to the grades, which begin at around age 7. You can mostly find these online. There are different programs available. But for early childhood, it is very different. Children learn by imitation and the parents (and other adults around the child) must then strive to be good examples, doing purposeful work with their hands, holding the space, being upright. There’s a link to RStep on the home page. Please click on it to see when the next Early Childhood Training will be. That is something worth looking into.

      I wish you the best on this journey.

      Panjee

  2. jennie celdran / Feb 22 2011 7:26 am

    hi panjee!

    my son, powee is now grade 7 at maria montessori and i was thinking of moving him to acacia. does acacia have a high school program?

    thanks so much.

    jennie

    • panjeetapales / Feb 28 2011 3:17 pm

      Hi Jennie,

      Sorry for the delayed response. No high school program as of this time. I’m already resigned to mainstream schooling for high school for my 7th grader. They have 8th grade, so we have one more grade to go, then we’re on our own. The Manila Waldorf School in Timberland Heights has a high school, but it’s all the way north.

      I hope this helps.

      Panjee

  3. Amanda / Feb 28 2011 3:06 pm

    Hi Panjee,

    I got your blog address from Sujata of St. Michael’s Playground.

    We are about to launch our glamomamas website online and I am very interested to feature St. Michael’s Playground and the Waldorf education system. I was wondering if we could possibly link to your blog and publish your article on the site (with you as a contributor of course).

    Let me know if this might be something that interests you.

    Many thanks,

    Amanda

    • panjeetapales / Feb 28 2011 3:08 pm

      Hello Amanda,

      Sure. Happy to help.

      All the best,
      Panjee

  4. Liv / Mar 14 2011 1:35 am

    Hi,

    I’m sorry for asking this but could you please give me a ballpark figure regarding the tuition costs for a Waldorf Steiner education? I’m looking into Manila Waldorf but I’m a little bit intimidated by the costs

    • panjeetapales / Mar 14 2011 6:40 am

      Hi. I can’t speak for Manila Waldorf as my kids don’t go there, but at our school it’s 95k annually for the grades. I hope this helps.

      • Loren Landicho-Pastrana / Feb 19 2012 3:55 pm

        hi Panjee! I’m researching on Waldorf school and I heard the one in QC costs around 45k per year, was wondering which one your sons go to, is it at the Acacia school or the one in Makati that’s why it’s more expensive?

  5. andrea / Apr 5 2011 2:32 pm

    hi panjee

    your articles are a breath of fresh air. they are always well-written, insightful and make alot of sense.

    you have a way of getting your thoughts across using the simplest of words and the clearest explanations. you are not afraid to challenge commonly-held beliefs.

    i especially like your articles on waldorf/steiner education. i have a first grader and waldorf/steiner ed has always appealed to me.

    great work! keep them coming.

    andrea

    • panjeetapales / Apr 5 2011 8:29 pm

      Thank you very much, Andrea!!

  6. Alrey / May 17 2011 1:15 am

    Panjee and moms here,

    Fear is natural for those who need more information on the unknown.

    I’ve enrolled my 13 yr old daughter whom I’ve homeschooled since she was a toddler except for two years at Manresa (Prep & unfinished-1st Grade). From her mother’s womb to being a toddler, I focused on showering her with love and sending positive thoughts/words. As she turned 3, I started the basics and showed her the world, knowing God and being a good child while she’s enjoying being one.

    Preschool years were homeschool. I followed the ‘spirit’ in her and lead her through. I showed her the world but kept her shielded from the unfavorable influences so that her accumulated memories are mostly positive.

    A week ago, I enrolled her at Kolisko Waldorf as I found her ‘character foundation’ strong enough to face the world without me but with teachers who follow the same thinking process as mine in raising children. I find the system fitted for her as well.

    We both will see if it truly is as we go through the daily learnings…together still.

    I fear more traditional schools because children tend to be misguided and led to wrong ways which will become permanent fixtures in their character.

    Following the Ways of Jesus has also been the foundation of my child’s development plus being a good model to her.

    Sharing with you all my good news.

    By the way, I’m a solo daddio to my Angel since she was 2.5 yrs of age. She’s very much a girl and very lovely and pure in every way. It’s me and her ‘against the world’. πŸ™‚

  7. Nicca / Sep 1 2011 11:19 am

    Hi I have a 10mo old son.. And I’m looking into steiner/waldorf education.. Is there a school here in Davao?

    Thanks

    • panjeetapales / Sep 2 2011 7:54 am

      Hi Nicca. I was about to say there is no school in Davao at the moment, but then I got an email from someone who is part of the group that is starting one! Hooray. Please feel free to email her: maya flaminda vandenbroeck . I think they have an orientation coming up. ;p

      • Nicca / Sep 2 2011 8:08 am

        Oh! Great! Thanks!

  8. Kay / May 7 2012 10:56 am

    Dear Panjee,

    Congratulations, for the great mommy moments you make and the passion you have for the kids! My husband and I feel that there is no nobler role than to be parents who make sure that children become not just successful individually but one who relates well to the upkeep of the society in due time. Family is indeed the basic unit of society, if we start from our own backyard then we are doing our share in providing a better world for all. And of course, parenting is just THE most fulfilling time in our life, c’mon! πŸ™‚

    Still hoping that there would be a Waldorf education in the Makati area. I just visited the Waldorf website and saw that there is a Makati-Waldorf school bus, and we “might” just be willing to give it a try. Am worried though about the strain it will make to our child.

    OB Montessori in Sta Ana is the next best option for us because of the proximity and the approach. Another is home school (Bo Sanchez’ Filipino Academy). Hope to hear fellow parents’ feedback, direct messages to our email willandkay@gmail.com would be appreciated as well.

    Thanks again and we salute you and the parents in this forum for enjoying parenthood! A happy home and healthy connection to our children are indeed the strongest foundation that we can give our kids.

  9. nini / May 13 2012 11:44 pm

    hi panjee! i want to enroll my son to Kolisko Waldorf School. May i know if they are still accepting pupils at this time? When is their school opening? tnx

    • panjeetapales / May 14 2012 9:34 am

      Hi Nini,

      Please look for the Kolisko phone number on the front page of this blog and call them. I am not officially associated with any of the schools, but I have a child in the Acacia Waldorf School. That’s it. You’ll just have to call the school and find out. Salamat.

  10. monina zonio / May 14 2012 3:06 pm

    hi panjee, i have a 4 yr old child a girl , can you give me brief background about the waldorf school, im just in the foot of the mountains of timberland just meters away from timberland we have property here but goes home antipolo, ive been on a girls school eversince my childhood and im just curious about waldorf school many thanks

    • panjeetapales / May 14 2012 6:37 pm

      hi Monina,

      All the info you need is already on this blog. Just look at the sidebar and click on Waldorf/Steiner education. Thanks.

  11. nini / May 15 2012 12:44 am

    hi panjee!tnx so much for the reply. God bless!

  12. alaric / Jul 7 2012 12:13 am

    Hi! I’m a DAD πŸ˜‰ i’m seriously considering transferring my kids from CSA Makati to Waldorf – they’re grades 2 and 5 this year. I think adjustment from a traditional to a non-traditional curriculum wouldn’t be difficult for them (I hope). It’s actually more on me and especially my wife who is actually not that open in making that leap of faith of sorts. I’m an alumnus of CSA and I saw how things are much different now in terms of the quality of teachers (what’s the use of a good curriculum if the teachers don’t have the passion for teaching and don’t have the “malasakit” for the kids to inspire them to study and learn?). Anyway, what I actually need is to address my ‘jitters’ and I guess my wife too – an assurance of sorts that we are making a good decision. Thanks Panjee! – Daddy Al

    • panjeetapales / Jul 11 2012 12:33 pm

      Hi Al,

      I can totally understand your predicament. I think it would help if you and your wife could attend an orientation first, to get to know the school and the teachers. Which Waldorf school are you considering?

      On the upside, I don’t think the adjustment will be difficult. Most kids have a blast in the schools because play and art are incorporated in the learning. Also, both my children have been educated the Waldorf way and I think it was one of the best decisions we ever made.

      All the best,
      Panjee

  13. Peter Siddle / Dec 26 2013 1:13 pm

    Steiner Australia is an esteemed group of Educational institutions that has curriculum based on Steiner philosophy of Education. A child just not have to be taught in school, he has to be given chance to develop independently. Steiner Australia is one of leading group of institutions in Central Coast region.
    Steiner education Australia

  14. angela lichauco / Jun 19 2014 11:19 pm

    Hi there Panjee, i am a new mom and my daughter Anjali is just 4 months old. Id like to start her in St michaels playground but i cannot find any information on the web about them, how soon can i bring Anjali there? πŸ™‚ do they have a website so me and my partner can check them. Also we live part time in cambodia, can i take her in and out of the school. πŸ™‚ THANK YOU and by the way, loving your site!

    • panjeetapales / Jun 19 2014 11:30 pm

      Hi, Angela. Please also check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stmichaelplayhouse.makati?fref=ts. Four months is still young. Waldorf usually starts with the parent-toddler program, which is why they specify 2-5. THen kinder afterwards. They offer some courses that might be interesting for you and your partner, though. Happy exploring!

  15. angela lichauco / Jun 19 2014 11:23 pm

    oops i found the information from your site already πŸ™‚ its 2-5, i thought i could go with her there too (something of that sort) . Anyway would you have any information on activities i can do with my daughter at an early age (ex:kinder music etc) under the waldorf? πŸ™‚

  16. angela lichauco / Jun 20 2014 8:09 am

    thank you for your very quick reply panjee, i added myself to the site of st mikaels πŸ™‚ & I look forward to those upcoming activities soon. Thank you again!!!!! ❀

  17. Melanie Treadgold / Aug 8 2014 10:29 am

    HI everyone, I am a eurythmist and trained Class teacher and my partner of 15 yrs id a Waldorf High School teacher. We are currently based in Wellington, NZ with our two young sons (3yrs and 8mths). We are planning to move to Siem Reap Cambodia next year. Does anyone have any connections to this community? Anyone interested in Steiner Schools there? We would definitely want to provide Waldorf early childhood education for our children and hoped there may be other people we could join with. Any info or contacts would be deeply appreciated.
    Thankyou!
    Mel

  18. Levie / Sep 30 2014 6:59 pm

    Hi Panjee,

    We are considering moving our 7th grade son to another school next year. Is there a scheduled open house or orientation at acacia Waldorf where we can get first hand information about the school?

    • panjeetapales / Sep 30 2014 7:05 pm

      Hi Levie,

      You may call or sms the admin office at 0917 554 0435 to see what the schedule is. You can also just schedule your own tour. All the best!

  19. Levie / Oct 1 2014 5:50 am

    Thanks!

  20. Bernadette Iaccarino / Nov 24 2015 4:20 pm

    Hi panjee, i want to take my 2 girls in acacia waldorf. I havent gotten a reply from
    The school yet for my inquiries. Do you know how much their tuition fees are for kinder
    1 and kinder 2? Thank You.

    • panjeetapales / Nov 24 2015 4:22 pm

      Hi. Please call them at 0917.554.0435. My son is in the 8th grade so you can imagine kinder was ages ago for me, so I don’t know what the tuition fees are anymore. Thank you.

  21. Sander Scholte / Dec 7 2015 4:29 am

    Hello πŸ™‚
    I have a question.Does anyone know where in Makati or near to Makati there is a Waldorf school?I have read here about Acacia Waldorf school but i can not find any website or contact details about this school.Please your information it is more then welcome.
    Thank you.

    • panjeetapales / Dec 9 2015 8:43 pm

      Hi Sander,

      Acacia’s contact details are actually on the right sidebar, all the way down. But do call them at 049-5768316 or 0917 544 0435. They have a Facebook page, but it’s mostly parent run, so if you have questions about tuition (for example), it’s better to call the school directly. The school is in Sta. Rosa. There is a Waldorf inspired daycare on Palma St.behind Rockwell, Makati. It’s called the St. Michael Playhouse. Find them here: https://www.facebook.com/stmichaelplayhouse.makati?fref=ts

      • Sander Scholte / Dec 10 2015 2:15 am

        Hi Panjee,Thanks u for your feed back.In regard with the Makati St Michael playhouse my son he is already 12 years old so ideally i am looking for a Waldorf high school.I think Acacia and the one at the Timberland heights near Quezon City are the only ones in Phills offering Waldorf highschool education.So if i really want this for my son then i need to figure out where it will be a nicer place to live for us..A: near Timberland heights or B: in Sta rosa…Does anyone here knows a child friendly Montesorri high school near to Makati and foreigner friendly?I just trying to keep my options open.My son he his a free spirited person ,and he is also not a fast learner and so we are not looking for a serious and rigid school as it will make my son unhappy..Thank you for any advice πŸ™‚

  22. panjeetapales / Dec 10 2015 7:55 am

    Hi again, best is to visit both campuses and communities. I live near the Acacia School and I love it here. It’s nice to drive without traffic and billboards. Bring your son and visit both places! πŸ™‚

  23. Jeannette / Mar 23 2016 10:11 am

    Hi!
    I’ve just recently heard about Waldorf schools in the Philippines. I’d like to learn more about the Steiner method, etc, but could not find websites for any of the Waldorf schools here. Do you know if they have any?
    Also, I’m really all for non-trad teaching methods because I want my kids to enjoy their childhood and not spend it buried in homework. But I’m concerned about the transition from non-trad to college. Have you heard or read any feedback from graduates’ experiences when they started in college? Was it a more difficult adjustment for them than for those who came from trad schools? Or did they find the transition easy?
    Thanks!

    • panjeetapales / Mar 26 2016 12:58 am

      Hi Jeanette,

      I’m not sure if the schools have websites, but they probably have Facebook pages. As far as I know, the transition isn’t that difficult. There will be an adjustment, of course, but from my experience it’s all very doable. My older son is graduating in May from a more traditional high school and we’re now slowly getting acceptances from universities he’s applied to abroad. I hope this helps.

  24. jazzalbot / Jun 8 2016 8:58 am

    Hi,

    I have a sister who’s considering sending her children to Acacia Waldorf school, which she’d do right away had it not been for her concern about their transition from a nonconformist school to college. I recently checked out websites of other Waldorf schools (there is so little information about Acacia Waldorf displayed on public) and I read a blog where a mom was shocked to hear that their history was all… well, messed up. Wrong. Erroneous. Do you think her children would end up being less ‘intellectual’ because of their system? I don’t mean to downgrade the Waldorf methods of teaching, though.

    Thanks a lot.

    • panjeetapales / Jun 8 2016 6:31 pm

      Hello, I think it would be helpful to attend a school orientation to understand what the school is about. I’m not sure what you mean when you say “a mom was shocked to hear that their history was all..well, messed up. Wrong. Erroneous.” In a Waldorf school, the intellect is but one form of intelligence. The teachers recognize that children have many, so the focus isn’t just on the intellect. I suggest calling the school to see when the orientations are and studying what Waldorf Education really means. If an education simply for the intellect is what one is after, then I would suggest a different school, perhaps even one that offers the IB program. Having said that, my older son is off to college abroad. He was in the Waldorf system from kinder to 8th grade then moved to an international school for high school. That means he passed all exams :). I hope this helps.

  25. Julia Herman / Aug 14 2016 12:57 pm

    Dear Panjee, I live in California and Im a senior Waldorf kindergarten teacher looking to volunteer plus small salary in a country that is poor and needs help with a new school. I have traveled many times to Asia and worked in many schools. Can you offer any ideas? Any schools?
    Thank you ***Julia

    • panjeetapales / Aug 14 2016 5:53 pm

      Julia, that sounds wonderful. I think your best option would be to contact Gamot Cogon. Details are on the sidebar. All the best on this adventure!

  26. Hope Darlucio / Nov 11 2016 11:52 am

    Hi, I just want to know how do the Waldorf school teach their students how to read. Thank you!

    • panjeetapales / Dec 5 2016 5:36 pm

      Hello Hope,

      I am not a Waldorf teacher, but I know it begins through movement and pictures. I hope this helps!

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