Coffee and Conversation

Join us for Coffee and Conversation on Wed., 1/28 @ 9 a.m.  SGWS founder and educator, Jennell Woodard, will speak on the Four Temperaments. Come and hear Mrs. Woodard speak about how Waldorf Educators help children grow and learn in a way that balances out their temperaments and approach to life.

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More about Coffee and Conversation on temperaments . . .

In Waldorf education, the temperaments are a way of thinking about and a tool for working with different personality types.  Is your child full of fire, willful, likes to lead?  Or is your child very social, full of ideas, bouncing from one thing to another?  Or maybe you child loves rhythm and routine, has a hard time getting started on something new, but once they’re engaged, see it through to the end, slow and steady?  Or does your child feel things very deeply, is in tune with others’ feelings and take everything to heart?  These are all signs of different temperaments or ways the children meet the world.

Making the Transition to First Grade

Learn More About Waldorf First Grade Curriculum
When: April 8th 9 a.m.-10 a.m. or April 8th 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Royse Crall, an experienced Waldorf teacher, has graciously offered to give a talk for parents. Her talk will cover how skills and curriculum are approached in the first grade. This is an exceptional opportunity to educate yourself on how Waldorf education meets the needs of the child by presenting developmentally appropriate material, or, as we like to say, “the right thing at the right time”.

This event is FREE and open to all SGWS families as well as the greater community. We hope you are able to join us for this informative presentation. Please feel free to bring friends, family or acquaintances who would like to learn more.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Parent Child Classes

Our Parent / Child classes offer a warm, enriching environment for children ages 18 months to 4 years old. Parents are nearby to observe and interact as their children are guided through the morning by the gentle rhythm of circle time, creative play, snack and story time.

Sessions are once a week from 9:00   – 11:00 a.m. for 6 weeks. Starting November 6, 7 and 8. Click to Register.


Full Day Preschool

Our preschool is an extension of family experience; a step between home and formal schooling for children age 3-5.

We offer a creative and nurturing part or full day experience focused on fostering the small child’s imagination through storytelling, music, outdoor play and artistic activities.



Open House or Walk Through the Grades

Learn about Spring Garden and Waldorf education with our Open Houses and our in session class tours – Walk Through the Grades. Fill out the form below to Register.

  • October 15th – Walk Through the Grades @ 9 am
  • November 12th – Walk Through the Grades @ 9 am
  • November 16th – Open House @ 1 pm
  • January 11th - Open House @ 1 pm
  • January 14th  - Walk Through the Grades @ 9 am
  • February 11th  - Walk Through the Grades @ 9 am
  • March 11th -  Walk Through the Grades @ 9 am
  • April 8th  - Walk Through the Grades @ 9 am
  • April 26th – Open House @ 1 pm
  • May 13th -  - Walk Through the Grades @ 9 am

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Student News

ZackTarleZack Tarle, a seventh grader at Spring Garden Waldorf School, won The University of Akron annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors. Tarle received $2,500 for first place in the Arts and Leisure Division for his board game Spyder – a marble game for all ages.

He says, “The game combines rubber bands, marbles and a playing board in the shape of a square. Outlining the board is a wall of rubber bands. It has four holes in the corners and one in the center. Around each hole are two motes and around the game board are tons of small holes arranged geometrically where you can stick pegs.”

This was the fifth year of the annual contest, which The Akron Global Polymer Academy says “is designed to encourage students in grades 5-8 to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporates the use of rubber bands.”


IsabellaSparhawk2Once again, SGWS graduate, Isabella Sparhawk, makes the news. She has not only been granted a patent for her science project work this year; her project has also advanced to be judged at Intel ISEF, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The Intel fair is this week, May 12 to 17, and offers cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. Good luck Isabella!



Congratulations also go out to SGWS alumni, Timothy Fries, who has received the Second Year Distinguished Scholar award from Muskingum University, where he ranks in the top 5 percent in academics for his graduating class. Fries was also inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society this year.



William de Cardenas, SGWS graduate and high school senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School, in Kent  Ohio, has won best in state in the Verizon App Challenge for creating an app to test for stream pollution.

Ariel McCleary will be performing in the Stow-Munroe Falls High School musical “Hello, Dolly!” where she will play the second female lead Irene Molloy. Also Ariel and her Recipe of Life band mate Shelby Denton also won the 2012 Stow-Munroe Falls High School talent show with their original song, “The Journey.”

Isabella Sparhawk won 1st Place Grand Champion in the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair.

The Mock Trial team SGWS grad, Matt Rossi, a senior at Hoban, advanced to the state competition in Columbus this year where Matt won the award of “Outstanding Advocate.”

Congratulations to all our successful alumni!