We are honored to announce our new location!
Mariposa’s biodynamic farm and Waldorf inspired educational support program, taught by certified and experienced Waldorf teachers, will be growing alongside the organic farm and great community of progressive people at City Farm, SLO. We are, and always have been, a program that serves homeschooling families, and independent learners.
1221 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
What is biodynamics?
Biodynamics is a is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition. It is about reverence for the land and for water, for food, animals, and each other. It goes beyond sustainability – it’s regenerative agriculture. Biodynamic farming practices clean our air by sequestering carbon in the soil and uses no chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Animals are treated with compassion and respect and given the freedom to lead happier lives.
The food raised and grown this way is deeply nourishing and delicious (The Camphill Association of North America).
We begin with movement work every day before Main Lesson. During Main Lesson each child is presented with their age appropriate curriculum, but the academic expectations are tailored to meet each one where they can be successful and where their absolute best is expected. 100% of what goes into their Main Lesson Books comes from them. Nothing is ever copied off the board. In this way the students who can write much more have room to do so, and the ones who are developing their writing skills can do what they are best able to do successfully and end the day feeling pride in their accomplishments.
Learn By Doing
Each new math concept is introduced first through movement. If a child participates in the sequence of the math process with their whole body they will comprehend the concepts much more quickly. After the initial introduction in each new process the assigned work becomes individual. Some students need more difficult examples to work through and more problems to challenge them. Some are doing their best when they correctly complete a few simpler problems. There is room for a full range of abilities.
A living IEP
Through practical teaching experience and insight from the broad understanding of Rudolf Steiner’s Curative Education, we discern the activities and assignments that are most beneficial for each child, staying true to their developmental age. Our program in rich with practical arts and life skills while nurturing child’s intellect and character. We strive to meet each child by providing individually crafted lessons, assignments and expectations. We cultivate responsibility, consideration and clarity through the development of an interdependent community of learners. Academic work is tailored to the child and is skill-based and progressive in order to maximize success and minimize frustration. Our goal is to provide the scaffolding necessary while allowing the child’s intrinsic freedom to guide them as they progress through Steiner’s curriculum.
an alternative full day program offering Waldorf inspired learning in a small, mixed age setting. Enrollment is under twenty students across the grades in order to ensure individualized care and attention. Each day begins at 8:30 and ends at 4:30. Our program is in session Monday through Thursday, with Fridays saved for family adventures, appointment days, and time for renewal.
“Her love of teaching made her students love to learn whatever she had in store for them. Ms. Saint John always went above and beyond caring for her students and connecting with each of them in a special way. Some kids had challenging backgrounds and/or health problems and needed an abundance of patience and creativity.
I also got to witness how Ms. Saint John turned one student who barely was able to walk in the flat to running around, hiking and playing like a physically healthy child within months through daily curative education. The daily practice did wonders to all kids in class.
Ms. Saint John went above and beyond in all aspects of her work. Her clear communication of new information along with her creativity allowed the kids to learn quickly and easily, and left lots of time for additional activities such as baking breads, making butter, dying wool (with blossoms that were gathered on a hike), making their own knitting needles, sewing their own craft bags, going on field trips and much more.
It was always a wonderful experience to join Ms. Saint John in the classroom for special activities or on field trips. Also, whenever I was on campus for other reasons I always got a glimpse at what First Grade did and it always was beautiful to witness the kindness, care and love radiating from that classroom”
– A. Fouche
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Hours: M-Th: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: San Luis Obispo County