Every morning, grade teachers at Aurora Waldorf School greet each student with a handshake. By shaking the student’s hand, meeting his or her gaze and exchanging salutations, the teacher truly sees the child in that moment. It is wonderful to make that personal connection with each student every single morning, for so much can be learned during this brief connection. Are her hands warm or cold? Are his eyes bright or sleepy or shy? Does she have something to share that cannot wait?
Many teachers in our contemporary educational system do not take advantage of this small privilege, to be very conscious of who exactly is standing before them and what he or she might be bringing to the learning experience that day. This level of connection is something that students rarely receive in or out of school in this busy, demanding, and distracted society in which we live. This pause and handshake can be a precious gift to both teacher and student, and it represents what we do every day at Aurora Waldorf School: we see the children in front of us with new eyes, and then we work to bring to them exactly what they need.
All new students enter a four-week trial period in every program they join, so that parents and teachers can observe how the child is adjusting, and assess whether the placement is appropriate. In some cases, the trial period may be extended to ensure a good fit.
Explore our Early Childhood and Grades programs on the corresponding pages to see how Waldorf education produces lifelong learners at any age, from infancy through eighth grade.
We also offer before and aftercare to support you in making Waldorf a part of your family’s busy lives. Beforecare is available daily from 7:00am. Aftercare is available every day from 2:50pm to 6:00pm and on Thursdays from 12:15pm to 2:50pm. Please call the office (716) 655-2029 for more information.