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World Languages

The teaching of  foreign language is an integral part of the Waldorf curriculum.  A different view of the world and a different experience of humanity is imminent in the  experience of different languages, Learning foreign languages contributes to a more complete experience of mankind and the world.  In addition, the experience of a foreign language complements the child’s individual development by practicing the will forces and by strengthening the capacity of  observation, flexibility in thinking, and the feeling of genuine interest and empathy towards other cultures. The experience of a different language also brings a deepening aspect to the child’s mastering their mother tongue.  Steiner recommended that children learn two foreign languages and that they be introduced through play and games with more attention to academics in the older grades.  We will be learning Spanish at Mountain Sunrise Academy and ideally would welcome providing exposure to another foreign language through parent or community volunteers.

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