This fall, the Shining Star Waldorf School, at 2120 N.E. Tillamook St. in the Irvington neighborhood, will begin offering a five-day program.
The school began as a home-school enrichment program 12 years ago, and has been offering three- and four-day-per-week classes for several years. The school has an enrollment of about 60 children in first through eighth grades, and about 20 children in kindergarten and preschool programs.
Shining Star will begin providing a mix of indoor classes on Mondays through Thursdays, with an outdoor class on Fridays, directed by ReWild Portland, where students will spend the day outdoors in urban areas that feature unstructured wilderness, including various parks and public lands. The blend of indoor and outdoor education is designed to develop students who connect to nature and seasonal rhythms – and strengthen learning capacities and environmental awareness.
The Waldorf school emphasizes collaborative and cooperative learning, with a single teacher taking the classes from first through eighth grade. The curriculum is embedded in an artistic approach with lessons recorded in blank books that contain drawing, handwritten summaries and illustrations. For more information about the program, or to schedule a tour, visit www.shiningstarschool.com or call the office at (503) 753-4459.