Frequently Asked Questions
What is Waldorf Education?
Waldorf Education is a non-sectarian worldwide independent school movement developed in Germany by Austrian Philosopher, social reformer and visionary Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy.
In 1919, Emil Molt, A German business and social reformer, invited Rudolf Steiner to lecture to his workers at the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory in Stuttgart. Out of these lectures came a new school, the Waldorf school. There are now more than 1000 Waldorf schools worldwide and it is considered among the fastest, growing educational movement in the world. Waldorf educational pedagogical principles are based on the development stages of childhood and is dedicated to promoting the healthy intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual development of each child.
Who was Rudolf Steiner?
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was an Austrian philosopher, literary scholar, educator and artist.
He brought forth out of his experiences an abundance of scientific, medicinal, agricultural, social, educational, architectural and artistic renewal.
Rudolf Steiner is the founder of ‘Anthroposophy’, philosophy which means ‘wisdom of the human being’.
In addition to authoring of dozens of books, Steiner also gave approximately 6,000 lectures on a wide range of subjects. He initiated Waldorf education, biodynamic farming and gardening, Anthroposophical medical work, and an art of movement called eurhythmy.
Is Rosewood religious?
Rosewood is non-sectarian and non-denominational. We welcome all families from a broad spectrum of traditions and interest. Rosewood is not part of any church nor advocate any particular faith or doctrine. We educate all children, regardless of their cultural, social, economical or religious backgrounds.
The philosophy Rosewood is grounded, does not seek to teach a particular religious views; however, it recognizes and embraces all the world cultures, traditions and religions based on a belief that there is a spiritual dimension to the human being and to all of life.
Is Rosewood entirely bilingual (Spanish-English)?
We do not teach Spanish at academic level, however day by day children will be a part of a bilingual environment. Games, songs, stories, puppet shows, verses, activities, and celebration are shared in Spanish and English, in a natural, gentle and non intrusive way just as we did it when we learned our mother's tongue. This bilingual interaction will help children to gain Spanish comprehension, vocabulary and basic pronunciation at their own natural pace and also an invaluable appreciation for other cultures.
Is Waldorf similar to Montessori?
These two educational approaches began with a similar goal: to design a curriculum that was developmentally appropriate to the child and that addressed the child's need to learn in a tactile as well as an intellectual way. The philosophies are otherwise very different. For more information, please see http://blog.sgws.org/waldorf-vs-montessori/.
How old does my child need to be to enroll Rosewood Nature School?
Children who have reached the minimum age required by each program by September 1st are eligible to apply for admission.
If your child is of age within 30-days of the program start date, please call or email to request an exception describing your particular situation. We are unable to make exceptions beyond this.
What is your school schedule?
The school year begins around Labor Day and ends around Memorial Day. We follow as well a similar Teacher/Staff Holiday and Workday Calendar provided by the CMS (Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools).
Our Roots classes run from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. We also offer extended-day program from 12:30 - 3 pm.
What is your inclement weather schedule?
Regarding closings due to inclement weather or road conditions Rosewood Nature-School follows the Mecklenburg County Public Schools System. If CMS calls for a delayed opening, our morning programs will be closed. Full Day will operate on the same delay schedule as CMS. Please check the status of CMS to determine whether Open Door is open on inclement weather/road days.Please refer to CMS website under severe weather page information, our website and social media accounts to learn closing status of Rosewood Nature School due to inclement weather or road conditions.
IN TIMES OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, SAFETY IS OUR UTMOST CONCERN. IF YOU HAVE ANY RESERVATIONS ABOUT ROAD CONDITIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME OR PICK HIM/HER UP EARLY RATHER THAN TAKE ANY UNNECESSARY RISKS.
Considering the unpredictable nature of our weather and changing road conditions that may alter the school schedule, it is highly advisable that you listen to your radio/tv, in order to make certain that there have been no unexpected changes in the day’s planning.
Does my child have to use the bathroom independently before attendance?
Yes. Currently children will need to use the bathroom fully independently before they start in any of our programs except for Wild Nest, our Parent-Child Playgroup Program.
Why mixed-age grouping?
Our mixed-age group approach is extremely beneficial as it allows the children to learn from one another. Children are engaged in activities according to their age and abilities, while imitating the mood, gestures and work of the teacher and their older friends.
The younger children are often inspired by the expertise and skill sets of the older children. The older children are given extra developmentally-based artistic, practical projects, responsibilities and more complex social environmental tasks. The older children nurture and embrace the steady and slower pace of the little ones. This helps them to stay sweeter and younger in consciousness for a little bit longer as they develop nurturing care, patience, tolerance, flexibility, and generosity towards the little ones and others. The older ones have a subtle incentive to display their best, for the little ones to look up to.
Does my child need to be vaccinated in order to attend Rosewood Nature School?
No. In compliance with North Carolina law (General Statute 130A-152-157), parents/guardian must present certification of the required immunizations at the age required by law on or before the first day the student enters school. However, parents in North Carolina have the right to exclude their children from immunization for medical or religious beliefs according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Then, Medical and Religious exemption are accepted in our State and so does Rosewood Nature School.
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Do you provide lunch?
In most programs we provide a nutritious and wholesome snacks that in most cases it will be prepared with the children. In our school program, all families take part in a weekly rotation schedule to provide food items and flowers which will complement our healthy Merienda (morning tea) and the beauty of your children home away from home. Children will bring hot lunches packed from home.
Please consider as well that although we have created a nutritious, dense, organic, non GMO, and traditionally prepared menu that can satisfy different family eating styles; our home, is not dairy free and not entirely vegetarian or gluten free. Every attempt will be made to include your families particular food diet, however due to budgetary constraints and the needs of other children and their parents, you may be asked to provide your child’s snack when deemed necessary. No refunds and no prorated fee for snacks will be issued. Thank you for your understanding!
Does Rosewood follow an ease-in schedule?
We do not follow an ease-in schedule. However, it is very important for us to make sure that parents believe, trust and have confidence in their choice to enroll their child into a preschool program that honor their child's developmental readiness and their child’s ability to move forward into this new experience. It is crucial that parents make this decision with confidence and believe in their choice before enrolling their child into any of our mixed-age kindergarten program.
Children are aware, confident, sensitive, compassionate and intuitive human beings. Parents are their child’s trusted caregiver and their primary authority figures in their lives. The connection that children have with their parents is beyond powerful. If the child feels in their parent’s choice and decisions made an attitude of confidence, trust, belief, assurance in oneself the child will move forward feeling empowered, safe, reassured and respected. If instead their parents are afraid, nervous, doubtful, they will irremediable experience the same feelings making it hard for them to follow suit and feeling uncomfortable in their new experience.
Most three to four years old would be most likely ready for a few hours-a-week preschool. We do not expect this process to be a seamless experience. Some children might start their school life feeling at ease and even enthusiastic about the whole idea. On the other hand, and more usual than not, some children may be sad and even cry when the parent say goodbye. For an emotionally healthy child, feeling of sadness are completely normal and natural during separation –and healthy for the child to express them. We do not water down the experience, we embrace it! As parents, we must hold the space for our child raw feelings, validate them and support them willingly and enthusiastically. As school, our role is honoring those feelings, embrace them and hold the space for them.
Before enrolling children into any of our programs parents are welcome to stay at the school, observe a class and get the feelings of how things work here until they feel ready and completely comfortable and sure with their choice.
What is the parent community service program?
Parent Involvement is a crucial component of any Waldorf School and our school model. When your child join our school, you and your family become a part of our community. Together, we combine efforts, find support and thrive.
Whether sharing a skill, helping to organize an activity, event, festival, helping with the weekly snacks; parent involvement empowers families and creates a nurturing network of support among them embracing a culture of mindfulness in which all feel welcomed, appreciated and active participant of the school culture. Parent involvement is vital for the well-being of our children, our school and our community as a whole.
As such, we ask all parents to commit to community service work. Some possibilities include: helping with fundraisers, plan community-building events, workshop for parents and any other adult, giving us a hand during a building project or help in our periodic school-clean up scheduled through-out the year, perhaps helping with small grant writing or help to coordinate community outreach opportunities event. The possibilities are really infinite. We have a parent-teacher organization model that facilitates a number of events.
How do I connect with Rosewood Nature School community?
Connect and share with Rosewood parents and friends visiting our FaceBook page and our website and attending to our festivals, celebrations and other community events. Please subscribe to our school community email list on the main page to learn about all our events, workshops, programs and more.