Teaching our children with respect and love
The Lakota Waldorf School is an all Lakota speaking immersion school
Accepting children age 3 1/2 - 5 years old for Kindergarten, and 6-7 for our new 1st Grade
The teachers at the Lakota Waldorf School strive to support each child's own individual development. Each child is met with love and respect. As of 2012/2013, our Board members, Faculty and Staff have all decided our school will be all immersion. For the entire day will be all spoken in Lakota. In the beginning of the school year, the Kindergarten and 1st Grade teacher help the children with accompanying hand gestures and will slowly help them understand the language more fluently. We won't use the child's memory, but his/her intuition and understanding during our immersion.
Lakota storytelling, crafts, water painting, modeling, coloring with beeswax, hand games, nature walk, circle time, gardening. We emphasize in teaching the basics of every day Lakota language in a rhythmical playful way. As the children in the Lakota Waldorf School move in the rhythm of the day and season, they experience the sacredness and beauty of life.
Circle time and stories in Lakota only. We help to develop the imagination and a loving relationship to the world we live in. In the Lakota Waldorf School, Lakota Language and Culture are central to our work.
"You have always noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so is everything where power moves"
- Black Elk, Oglala Lakota