Live it well
The Waldorf approach to early childhood education is largely imitative, sensory, and based on play. We strive to create an environment and activities that are worthy of imitation in a setting that allows the child’s own imagination to flourish.
In these early grades, a child enters into a world rich in movement, numbers, imagination, language, and art. We believe that the path to an active will, a rich and sensitive feeling life, and an enlivened and flexible thinking lies through our arts-infused education.
In addition to the broad arts-infused academic curriculum, we offer a variety of specialty classes taught by teachers whose focus is on a particular subject, including music, handwork, agriculture, games, Spanish language, and woodworking.
Corvallis Waldorf School in Corvallis, OR is in the traditional homelands of the Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. The Kalapuya and their ancestors have tended and cultivated this land since time immemorial. Kalapuya people were removed by force to reservations after the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855. Today, many Kalapuya live on tribal lands or tribally-ceded lands in the region and are active members in the sovereign nations of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde or Confederated Tribes of the Siletz.
We know this acknowledgement of our Landcestors, both past and present, is only the first step and must be followed by education and tangible action to support the current Indigenous community of the Willamette Valley. Corvallis Waldorf School is committed to educating our students and community about the history, traditional practices, and modern culture of the Kalapuya through primary sources, including guest teachers of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Native craft, reading the work of local Indigenous scholars and field trips to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. In keeping with the Biodynamic farming principle of setting aside at least 10% of total acreage for biodiversity, we are working towards maintaining that at least 10% of our school campus is planted in culturally significant plants to the Kalapuya, such as camas, wapato, blue elderberry, hazel, tarweed, and Western Red Cedar.