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Teacher Spotlight: Daichi Hirata on Teaching Living History

Teacher Spotlight: Daichi Hirata on Teaching Living History

This past July, I had the great fortune to attend a week-long workshop for educators sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture program. NEH specializes in place-based education that lets participants experience parts of American history where they happened. “Heart Mountain, Wyoming, and the Japanese American Incarceration” taught educators about the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II and the related issues of the treatment of Native Americans, the racism behind many government decisions, and the settling of the American West. 

Summer Camp Fun!

Summer Camp Fun!

We are halfway through our summer program at SWS, and our campus is abuzz with activity! From Magical Crafts to Dungeons and Dragons and Outdoor Adventures, students have had fun on campus and off. Face paint, clay sculptures, tie dye, gardening, rock climbing, water...

Class of 2022 Graduation Speeches

Class of 2022 Graduation Speeches

At graduation this year, Luna Schindler-Payne and Declan Miller represented the class of 2022. Their speeches are excerpted below. "When I think about the past four years, memories of sunsets and studying flood my mind. As I sort through the joyful and the challenging...

Obstacle Course Club Teaches Life Lessons

Obstacle Course Club Teaches Life Lessons

By Mikio Shioya and Syd Shannon Cool, muddy days are giving way to warmer weather! Students in grades 1–4 are outside and blossoming, right alongside the flowers, at our spring Obstacle Course Club. Jump here, side-step there, slow down and balance on this.... The...

Banned Books

Banned Books

By Poppy Siobhan Hufstader, grade 11 student History. You can see the story in the very word. I always have. From my first tale of Mesopotamia baking the first bricks in the beating sun to ancient Greece- their wild myths, bloody, beautiful sacrifices, white-robed...

Wet-on-Wet Watercolor

Wet-on-Wet Watercolor

Excerpted from the grade 5 weekly update from Grace Bowen Wet-on-wet watercolor painting is a fairly challenging painting technique taught in many Waldorf schools. It asks the students to balance water and pigment to create a painting that is not too dry and scratchy,...

Grade 4 Salmon in Schools Project

Grade 4 Salmon in Schools Project

By Ashley Umlauf, Grade 4 Class Teacher For the first time ever, Seattle Waldorf School is participating in the Seattle Salmon in Schools project. This project is a city-wide effort supported by Seattle Public Utilities and several area watersheds, as well as a...

Lunar New Year Greetings

Lunar New Year Greetings

By Yi Wang (Wang Laoshi), Seattle Waldorf High School Mandarin Teacher Lunar New Year celebrations are marked by many practices that are believed to be auspicious for the upcoming year. Seattle Waldorf High School Mandarin class students greet everyone with New Year...

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