We Teach Your Child to

Love Reading 

Here at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, we pride ourselves on a reading program that is unique among Waldorf schools. We know that each child’s reading journey is different and special, and that every child can be taught to love reading– and that’s exactly what we aim for.

What Makes Waldorf School At Moraine Farm a Reading School?

Reading is a fundamental part of education in all schools, but not every school would call themselves a Reading School. That’s what makes us different. Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is creating an ambitious reading program, which will be the keystone of our curriculum, that aims to nurture each child’s potential and foster a deep love of reading that they can carry through life.

At the start of the 2022-2023 school year, our school began working on a comprehensive reimagining of how we teach reading. We started with, and hold dear, the tenets of Waldorf education which tell us that engaging with literacy on multiple levels– through phonemic awareness, word play, speech, drama, and more– helps to create joy in learning. We then paired this with the latest results-backed research on literacy instruction, which recognizes that many students benefit from a mix of instructional forms, to create a program that is as unique as your child. 

This program is part of our commitment to providing your child with a top quality education, in a supportive environment that allows them to grow and flourish, with the help of caring teachers and community members. 

Interested in learning more about our literacy initiative? Reach out to Vanya Yoors, our Director of Teaching and Learning.

Reading Program Goals

Understanding Each Child's Strengths
A key tenet of our program relies on evaluating students’ progress each year. Our evaluations are not used as a comparison metric that puts students at odds with each other, or makes them feel like their achievements are diminished, but rather as a diagnostic tool that helps us understand each student’s strengths and challengs and provide them with support where it is needed. An important feature of our evaluations is the fact that they are not standard– not across the school, or even within a grade. Each student is approached as an individual, leveraging their class teacher’s knowledge of their learning path, and they participate in an evaluation that is tailored to them specifically.
Personalized Instruction
Our classes are small and our teachers work hard to form strong relationships with their students. This enables our teachers to meet each child where they are in their educational journey. When teachers have a deep knowledge of each student, as ours do, they are able to design highly personalized learning plans that allow students to excel.