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HVP January 2016

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14 Hudson Valley Parent n January 2016 AS WELL AS: BIRTHDAY PARTIES, PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS AND MUSIC PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. COME SEE ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES WE HAVE FOR YOUR CHILDREN! PRIVATE MONTESSORI EDUCATION - PREK THRU 2ND GRADE, VALLEY CENTRAL UPK PROGRAM, EXTENDED DAY OPTIONS, AND A SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM 845-522-9652 OR 845-926-6486 RANDOLPH SCHOOL THE Contact Us for a Tour 845.297.5600 Pre-K to 5th Grade Wappingers Falls Nurturing a Sense of Wonder. Each Child. Every Day who have the tendency to become overly focused on one interest, at the expense of everything else. Waldorf schools can "fill out" those students, simply by virtue of the fact that they are required to participate in music, theater and art. Unlike in public schools, partic- ularly in this age of Common Core standards, there is no push for early reading. In fact, Weinrich says students in Waldorf schools learn writing before reading in first grade, where they are introduced to pic- torial letters. In the younger grades in particular, outdoor play is valued over rote learning. Kathryn Meyer of Saugerties, whose two daughters attend Waldorf schools, says she appreciates this approach. She says, for instance, "the Kindergarten is more akin to the way I remember my own Kindergar- ten experience from the '70s. Mine was about building with blocks, playing in the sandbox and through all of that, learning how to get along with other children and to begin the foundation of learning to be myself in this world apart from my parents. Waldorf Kindergartens offer this." Friends school combines analytical thinking with hands-on learning outside the classroom Of all the private education models available in our region, the Friends school model may look most similar to a typical school on first glance. It has traditional classes and grade levels. However, the way in which those classes are run makes them distinctly different. Classes at Oakwood Friends School, for instance, focus on not just the facts being learned, but also the process of learning. Students are encouraged to analyze and study topics in depth, discussing and de- LEARNING BEST (Continued from Page 13) MOUNTAIN LAUREL WALDORF SCHOOL Parent/Child, Nursery, Kindergarten through Eighth Grade open house for prospective families C S NU , N W 8 5 WWW.MOUNTAINLAUREL.ORG 845 255 0033 16 SOUTH CHESTNUT, NEW PALTZ SATURDAY, JANUARY , FROM 10:00AM - NOON CALL 845.255.0033 TO REGISTER

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