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Peggy Bernar
· January 25, 2018
This is such an amazing school! I love the philosophy, and am so happy my children get to experience their education here! I am happy they are outdoors everyday and they are taught their math and scie...nce through the arts in a gentle way where they will actually absorb it, not just memorize something to forget it later. They are allowed to be children without the commercialization or over-exposure to media. My children are reliant on their own imaginations and ideas to probelm-solve and learn everyday in a complimentary environment. See More
Rebecca Gandy
· January 28, 2018
If you are looking for a playbased preschool, Four Winds is the Gold Standard! My daughter is 3 1/2 years old. She began the 5-day program this year, and she could not be happier. “You know, mom, my s...chool makes my life happy” she told me last week. There is no better endorsement than that!
I initially looked into Four Winds after 3 word of mouth recommendations. I knew that I wanted my daughter to gain valuable socialization skills. I also knew I wanted her to be able to be a kid, to play, to use her body, and to grow her joy in the world. I wanted her to be in a mixed-aged group, as I feel that is essential to development in the 3-6 year range, and I wanted an experience for her that is personal, one in which she feels connected to and loved by the kids and grown ups she interacts with.
There is a concerted effort to meet the “person” in every child at Four Winds. Every meeting is greeted with a handshake, eye-to-eye contact, and a verbal welcoming. The children watch the parents and teachers welcome each other and interact. These seem like simple acts, but they convey and reinforce a determination to participate fully in life and community.
In the 5 months that my daughter has been a part of this school I have seem her independence, joy, attention, creativity, vocabulary and language skills, and discipline grow tenfold. She carries home with her the lessons of the day and retells them with vigor. She has memorized lengthy songs and stories, and creates her own stories, songs, plays, and puppet shows at home.
I also find important the commitment to play, especially outdoors. The school has a forest, a sled hill, a sand pit, and playground, and as long as it is over 10 degrees, they are outside every day. School supply lists are made up of appropriate weather gear for sledding rather than “desk type” supplies. There is a focus on 3-dimensional learning – learning by “willing” or doing, rather than sitting and watching. All the senses are engaged.
This school is truly a hidden gem. It is no wonder that parents travel from far reaching suburbs to bring their children here.
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Ariana Hays
· June 28, 2017
Four Winds greatly shaped me into the person I am today. My 13 years of Waldorf education from this institution widened my mind, broadened my skill set and provided me the foundation that I rely on d...aily in my pursuits as I seek out my doctorate degree in clinical psychology. See More
Sophia Marija Mogavero
· June 28, 2017
From kindergarten to graduating 8th grade, Four Winds has tought me many important things about life, friendships, acceptance, and creativity, as well as given me a childhood well worth remembering. N...ow in college, I look back on those valuable years fondly and appreciate the unique education I was given. See More
Hope Garrett
· November 2, 2015
Fantastic school! its so wonderful having a school where you and your child are greeted as individuals every single day. The instructional methods inspire every kid to do their best in a warm caring e...nvironment. See More
Stacee Raber Nault
· November 16, 2016
Love this school and all it does for my child and family. Four Winds is a warm, creative and nurturing refuge from a computer, media and commercial saturated world.
Deb Reed
· September 11, 2015
The best school to grow up in! So happy that my child can have this experience.
Natasha Ruiz
· December 7, 2016
I love this school! I love the Waldorf teaching philosophy :-)
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FOUR WINDS WALDORF SCHOOL’S 2018 ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION!

A ticketed event open to Four Winds' families, alumni, community supporters, and their guests!

You are invited to join the Four Winds family at an evening featuring fine dining, silent and live auctions, a raffle, and live musical entertainment! ...
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This annual event is the premier fundraising opportunity for our community.

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Tonight is the fourth light of Advent.
"The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind- the light of love, the light of thought, to give and to understand." -from the Advent wreath lighting verses of Rudolf Steiner.
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Tonight is the third light of Advent.
"The third light of Advent is the light of beasts- animals of farm, field, forest, air, and sea. All await the birth in greatest and in least." -from the Advent wreath lighting verses of Rudolf Steiner.
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Tonight is the second light of Advent.
"The second light of Advent is the light of plants-root, stem, leaf, flower, and fruit, by which we live and grow." -from the Advent wreath lighting verses of Rudolf Steiner.
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Only a Day Away! Waldorf Elves' Market Holiday Festival this Saturday, December 9th 11 am-4 pm

Children's Sparkle Star Gift Shop Our Sparkle Star Market is designed for children to purchase hand-made or nature-inspired items. Children's favorite! Aurora Borealis A gift shop with Waldorf inspired toys and specialty goods to support educational field trips for each class. Artisan Vendor Marketp...
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Tonight is the first light of Advent.
"The first light of Advent is the light of stones- stones that live in crystals, seashells, and bones." -from the Advent wreath lighting verses of Rudolf Steiner.
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It's coming! Elves' Market

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Giving Tuesday is upon us and Facebook is making the most out of donations to nonprofits by teaming up with the ...Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Every dollar donated to Four Winds Waldorf School on Tuesday November 28th beginning 7am CST will be matched up to $50,000 or when their total of $2M runs out. Early birds get the $50,000 worm! That’s a potential of $100,000 in donations to grow our school.

How can you support this amazing opportunity for our school?
Create your own post, scroll down and choose "Support Nonprofit", type in Four Winds School (NOT Four Winds Waldorf School), let people know about this donation and post. After you share, Facebook will add "Donation" button to your post where you can donate to our nonprofit school! Each individual post with this donate button can raise up to $1000 - so make sure your post is public and share with everyone!
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