Class will focus on Japanese traditions, culture, language

CHESTNUT RIDGE, NY – (November 30, 2010) – Green Meadow Waldorf School is now enrolling students for the spring semester for a Saturday Japanese kindergarten class. The class is open for students three to six years of age.

This is a full immersion class, designed to build foundational skills in the Japanese language during early childhood. Many Japanese families are attracted to the class because children can fully experience their traditions and culture in their native language.  In addition, students develop a strong foundation for future academic success.

This is the second year that Green Meadow has offered the Japanese kindergarten class.

“For many Japanese families, it is important that their children experience their cultural heritage and integrate into the Japanese community,” said kindergarten teacher, Lisa Miccio. “This class provides a gateway between a traditional Japanese curriculum and US culture and traditions.”

Instruction focuses on Japanese poetry, storytelling and songs through a play-based curriculum.

Green Meadow Waldorf School is an independent school that offers nursery through grade 12 education, with an emphasis on creative and independent thought, as well as the discernment to act in a free and morally responsible way. Graduates go on to top colleges, and the school prides itself on its multicultural community; students come from a wide range of socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds.

Waldorf education is the fastest-growing independent school movement worldwide, with 300 schools in the US and nearly 1,000 around the world. The curriculum is based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, who founded the first Waldorf School in Germany in 1919. Green Meadow offers developmentally based, challenging academic coursework infused with the arts.  The school also limits the use of technology and media for younger students, which is now understood by researchers as essential to the developing brain.

To apply, parents can go to the enrollment office on campus. The spring semester begins in January and ends March 19th. The cost for tuition is $450, plus a $50 registration fee and a $200 entrance fee for new students.

For more information, contact Patricia Owens, Admissions Coordinator, powens@gmws.org or 845-356-2514 extension 302, or visit the school website at http://www.gmws.org/. begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
About Green Meadow School and the Waldorf education: Founded in Germany in 1919 by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf Education now includes schools on every continent. Green Meadow Waldorf School is an accredited full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), an association that strengthens and supports Waldorf schools and informs the public of the benefits of Waldorf education.  Green Meadow is also an accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), a voluntary association of more than 140 independent schools in the state of New York.

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