Golden Valley News

We are happy to announce the opening of Golden Valley Tahoe School! The Newcastle Elementary School District just approved the Golden Valley Tahoe School for a five-year charter. A large group of forty enthusiastic children and parents made the trek down from the Truckee area to the Newcastle Elementary School District office to show their passion, hard work, and love for public Waldorf school education.

Within the Apple Blossom kindergarten, I recently sent home Susan Johnson's article that explains the connection to the Waldorf pedagogy and a child's readiness for first grade. Some signs of first grade readiness include a curiosity about learning to read and questions about reading and writing letters. Parents often ask me what they should do when their child shows an interest in learning how to read and write. The best advice I have is to never discourage a child's curiosity, but also, to never directly begin to teach them to read and write. Direct teaching would include providing your child tools and opportunities considered age-appropriate in a mainstream kindergarten, such as offering worksheets about letters, taking them to an accelerated program outside of school, or setting them up on a screen with a game about letters or reading. (There are very rare instances of children learning to read all on their own without these tools and teachers never say no to that.) Instead, you can reassure your child that their curiosity is a part of what first grade will be about: beginning to learn letters and how to read them. It will be wonderful! While you both wait for first grade learning, go to the library regularly. Check out books and read them to your child. You might even follow along the words with your finger while you read. Answer questions about reading as simply as you can, without providing more than the child asked for. Create enthusiasm for how much he or she will learn about reading from their teacher when arriving in the first grade.

Golden Valley Charter Schools is pleased to announce we are enrolling Transitional Kindergarten through Second Grade for our new school, Golden Valley Tahoe School. The grass roots beginnings of this school mirror the hard work and determination of the pioneers of the first Golden Valley Charter School eighteen years ago. For more information about enrollment, please visit the Golden Valley Tahoe School webpage.

What a delightful evening that was had by all on Thursday, November 9th. We had a wonderful turnout in support of the children and the work we are doing in the kindergarten. I really appreciate the strength in our parent body and the warmth that we receive from the community. The children I walked with included families from all five kindergartens at both Golden Valley Schools. The children were reverent and awed by the experience of walking in the great wide world under the stars with their handmade lanterns and coming across Mother Earth in the trees.

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