Camphill Nature School approach emphasizes the role of the imagination in learning, developing thinking that includes a creative as well as an analytic component. The educational philosophy's overarching goals are to provide young people the basis on which to develop into free, morally responsible and integrated individuals, and to help every child fulfill his or her unique destiny
We follow the Waldorf pedagogy which has its roots in the spiritual-scientific research of the Austrian scientist and thinker Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). According to Steiner's philosophy, the human being is a threefold being of spirit, soul, and body whose capacities unfold in three developmental stages on the path to adulthood: early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.
Parents are greeted with warmth and oriented at length about what makes Camphill Nature School different from other schools. Our method of teaching is described in detail. We explain the need for the child to complete six years of age before class one, when formal learning begins. Details about our campus, future plans and fee structure are given. Once this is completed, a meeting of the child with the respective teacher is scheduled. If the child is to join Class I or higher, an assessment is conducted. Reports from the child's previous school are required for this assessment. Upon satisfactory completion of this, admission is offered to the child.
Our academic session is from June to April. Admissions for the new academic year start in December of the preceding year. Admissions are done on a first come first served basis and continue through the year-until we fill the seats in every class. Children enter the school around 2-3 years of age into our Playgroup/Nursery/Kindergarten.
Upon completion of age 6 (by July 31), the child goes into Grade I. The school management is the final authority on all admissions to the school.
The children in the Kindergarten are constantly doing: building, singing, digging, cooking, gardening, painting, and sewing. In creative play, they develop social skills and mastery of their bodies. Through songs, nursery rhymes, and fairy tales, they are nourished by the beauty of language. The children thrive in the rhythmic repetition of daily, weekly and seasonal activities and learn to love work through meaningful tasks. The beauty, logic and purpose of what they experience create a feeling for order and harmony and engender the development of memory, attention and imagination. As they grow, their imagination and natural sense of wonder, nurtured in these early years, will foster inquisitiveness and a desire to learn and understand.
Grade School: The transition into grade school happens with the introduction of alphabet and numbers sensorial and qualitatively as the child progresses through the grades new subjects are introduced wherein the core academic subjects are taught (including math, language arts, history, geography), children receive instruction in specialty subjects such as Hindi, painting, nature studies, handwork, music, woodwork, choir and games/physical education.
Weekly: A regular cycle of activities such as handwork, watercolor painting, baking, nature discovery/gardening, and drama/movement/music is explored in each classroom.
Yearly: At Camphill Nature School, we celebrate birthdays and seasonal festivals, along with the Rose Ceremony, spiral day and the Winter Faire.
School Day to Day activitys
Specialty teachers supplement the work of the class teacher by working with the children in music, dance, craft and handwork, woodworking and physical education. A full time Remedial teacher is present in our campus to work with children who have difficulties with speaking, reading, writing, spelling, Math, sequencing.
Some children show lack of spatial awareness, lack of rhythm and timing, lack of co-ordination and concentration. The remedial teacher's main aim is to build the confidence of the child with carefully chosen exercises, which are fun and at the same time therapeutic.