Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 to 11:30 am

Spokane Association on Behalf of Waldorf Education
Windsong School
Welcome to Windsong School! Our community is one of people striving together to create a new
educational choice for Spokane’s children. We’re working hard - for our children, for our community
and for the future. It’s not every day one embarks upon a task as momentous as this – we believe it’s
an opportunity not to be missed.
We draw our inspiration from Waldorf Education – a worldwide movement for educational and social
renewal based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. For nearly 100 years the Waldorf curriculum has
been thoughtfully developed to meet students’ developmental needs throughout childhood and into
young adulthood. Its aim is to keep alive wonder, to foster joy, and to build a quiet confidence born of
creativity realized and challenges met.
In the Waldorf school there is no pressure to reduce children to test scores or behaviors. The early
childhood years are free from formal academics and instead focus on developing the foundational skills
students must master to be successful in school and, most importantly, beyond. The curriculum for
grades 1-8 can be represented by an ascending spiral of integrated learning which is built upon year by
year. Music, foreign language, the arts and practical skills such as handwork and woodworking are an
essential part of a meaningful educational, and so are infused throughout the entire curriculum. In the
Waldorf School the fine and practical arts are understood to be fundamental to human growth.
Traditional academic subjects are thus enlived and the whole of human accomplishment is presented
to children as a foundation they will one day build upon.
Community is at the heart of our school. The Early Childhood program provides a gentle introduction
to the school community as teachers create opportunities for children to socialize with other teachers
and their classes. In the grades, the class teacher travels with their class through Grade Eight,
providing an unparalleled opportunity for students to develop social acumen. Festivals, parent
meetings, parent association activities, study groups and guest speakers provide additional
opportunities for our community to learn, celebrate with and support one another.
Detailed descriptions of next year’s program offerings are attached. For further info contact us at or visit We look forward to
sharing this life changing work with you.
“Waldorf education addresses the child as no other education does. Learning, whether in chemistry,
mathematics, history or geography, is imbued with life and so with joy, which is the only true basis for
later study. The textures and colors of nature, the accomplishments and struggles of humankind fill the
Waldorf students’ imaginations and the pages of their beautiful books. Education grows into a union
with life that serves them for decades. 
By the time they reach us at the college and university level, these students are grounded broadly and
deeply and have a remarkable enthusiasm for learning. Such students possess the eye of the discoverer,
and the compassionate heart of the reformer which, when joined to a task, can change the planet.”
- Arthur Zajonc, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics, Amherst College
Windsong School
Family Registration Information
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Child’s name:________________________ Birthday:________________
Gender:___________ Age:______________
Program requested: __________________________________
Aftercare requested: __________________________________
Parent Information #1
Address:____________________________________________ ________
Phone #1:______________________ Phone #2:____________________
Parent Information #2
Phone #1:______________________ Phone #2:____________________
The following information gives the persons listed below your permission to pick -up your
child(ren) in the event that you are unable to p ick them up. The below listed persons may also
be called in the event of an emergency if a parent can not be reached. Your child(ren) will not be
released to any individual not listed below without your written consent. Please request
individuals who may be picking up your child(ren) to identify themselves to staff with a photo I.D. 
I authorize the following persons to pick up my child and/or to be called in the event of an
emergency when I can't be reached:
Family Registration Information
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Medical release
Child’s name:________________________________
I authorize Spokane Association on behalf of Waldorf Education and Windsong School to
procure medical assistance in the event of an emergency for my child. All efforts will be
made to contact the parents prior to administration of treatment. However, this may not
always be possible and parent(s)/guardian(s) will accept all expenses related to
Physician name:________________________ Phone number:_________ ______________
Preferred hospital:______________________ Date of last appt:____ ________________
Allergies:______________________ Medical conditions:_________ __________________
Photography permission
We have both a blog and website that we update. These updates may include pictures
taken during class time, which may include the children in that class. Children will never
be identified by name in pictures.
____ I do give permission for my child to be photographed.
____ I DO NOT give permission for my child to be phot ographed.
____ Contact me (name_________________phone______________) before using
photographs of my child.
Tuition and Fee Payment Options
Please indicate tuition payment choice:
____ Annual payment (6% tuition reduction), due September 1 st , 2011
____ Bi-annual payment (3% tuition reduction), 1 st payment due September, 1 st , 2011,
2 nd payment due February 1 st , 2012.
____ Monthly payment, due the by 1 st of the month, September 2011 through June 2012. 
*Registration and supply fees are due with registration – make checks payable to
SWEA/Windsong School*
Capital funds fees are billed over 10 months at $25 per month per family.
Payment information
Windsong School is using Smart Tuition as our tuition management program. This giv es
more flexibility to families for payment methods (CC, check, automatic debit) as well as
the ability to pay by phone, mail or on -line. A Smart Tuition enrollment packet will be
sent to you upon acceptance. 
Windsong School
Program Descriptions
Parent, Infant & Toddler Morning
Mondays, 9 to 11 a.m.
Led by an experienced teacher, Windsong’s Parent-Child Program is for families with young children
who are looking for community and connection in their parenting journey. One morning each week a
small group of parents and children come together for a cozy morning of cooking, toy making and
seasonal festivities. The teacher will provide a comforting rhythm flowing from free play to circle time,
story time, outdoor playtime and a shared meal. In a relaxed and supportive environment we will
explore the joys and challenges of raising young children, learn developmentally supportive activities
which can be incorporated into daily life and joyfully observe young children in movement, play and
social interaction. (For caregivers and young children aged 1 to 3).
Two day program – Thursday and Friday from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Three day program – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
"If young children have been able in their play to give up their whole loving beings to the world around
them, they will be able in later life to devote themselves with confidence and power to the service of the
world.” – Rudolf Steiner
Play, and specifically self-directed play, is a developmental necessity for children. Recognizing this,
Windsong preschool provides a wholesome and open-ended environment known to foster self–
directed play. In addition to play, children learn through imitation. They imitate our actions, and the
very fabric of our being. Windsong preschool teachers work in a deeply intentional way to provide
healthy and creative models for children to imitate through story, song, circle games and daily work.
Teachers take great care to be worthy of children's imitation and create a warm, predictable homelike atmosphere where the will of the child may be carefully developed and their imaginations can
flourish. The Windsong preschool is consciously designed to provide a smoothly flowing transition to
Kindergarten. (Ages 3 to 4 ½ ).
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to Noon
“Accept the children with reverence, educate them with love, send them forth in freedom.”
– Rudolf Steiner 
The Windsong Kindergarten is a home-like, secure and loving place that recognizes the young child's
need for predictable rhythm throughout the day, season and school year. We offer two years of
kindergarten, welcoming younger children's first venture into "school," and preparing veteran “second
year” kindergarten children for First Grade. The Kindergarten gently nurtures the development of
curiosity, verbal capacities, sequencing, sensory integration, memory, social skills and motor skills that
are required for later learning and are the foundations for future school work. This is achieved in a
supportive atmosphere free from formal academics.
There is a delicate balance between teacher-led group activities, individual attention and free play.
Children are provided with the necessary free play time to practice, and so develop the social
emotional, problem solving and motor skills that will serve as a scaffold for a lifetime. An atmosphere
of warmth and calm holds the children throughout the day in this natural, gentle and wholesome
environment where children are given a range of activities and the structure to help them prepare for
First Grade. (Ages 4 ½ to 6).
First and Second grade
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art – it must speak to the child's experience.
To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind."
– Rudolf Steiner
Windsong’s early grades program currently focuses on strengthening a child’s foundation for life and
learning and extending developmentally driven learning through the first and second grade. Children
will be prepared to transition to a public or independent 3rd grade. When Windsong’s enrollment
supports a full grades program our teachers will loop with students through the 8 th grade.
At Windsong School formal academics begin in first grade with a curriculum that encompasses a wide
variety of subjects and activities. Fine and practical arts, music, and movement are infused through all
parts of the academic curriculum and are also standalone subjects taught by specialty teachers. The
developmental needs of the child provide the framework for the curriculum, daily schedule and the
way in which all subjects are brought to the children.
The focus each morning is the main lesson, where reading, writing, math, history, geography and
science are taught. Though the curriculum is masterfully integrated, classes focus on one subject at a
time more intensely in block rotations, and then recapitulate their learning in a future block so as to
integrate their learning more deeply. Students design, write and illustrate their own textbooks for
each subject. Rather than traditional report cards, teachers provide parents with a thorough written
description of their child's work and progress in class. Homework is kept to a minimum in order that
children may continue to develop through play, family interaction and contribution to household
Form drawing is introduced in grade one and built upon in grade two to support reading, writing,
spatial discrimination, the development of concentration and an appreciation for beautiful work.
During math blocks children will begin working simultaneously with the four processes of addition,
subtraction, multiplication and division and will begin to master their math facts (such as times tables)
and learn the difference between cardinal and ordinal numbers. Reading blocks introduce children to
literacy through their now ripened imaginations. This is a joyful process that captures the wonder of
language. Children learn letters by first hearing a told story and then draw a picture based on the story. 
The picture reveals itself as an ideogram, which children discover and name as a letter. Students learn
to read from their own writing, and choral speaking serves to support the entire process. As students
and teacher travel together through the grades they trace the arc of human development and learn
the true meaning of community.
Windsong's aftercare program is available for our students who need supervised care after school
hours. Our age-appropriate and nurturing environment is integrated with the philosophy and planning
of the school as a whole. Restorative rest and quiet time, open outdoor play, and seasonal crafts and
activities fill the afternoon. Care providers receive support and mentorship from the school faculty,
administration and governing board and are a valued part of the school community. 
Windsong School
Tuition Schedule and Fees
~Enrollment is open to all children regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex or religious affiliation~
Parent Infant & Toddler Mornings
Twelve week sessions (Fall, Winter & Spring). Class meets weekly.
$150 per session
$50 tagalong fee for additional children aged 1 – 3
(no charge for infants under 1 year of age)
Early Childhood
Two Day Preschool – Thursday and Friday
Three Day Preschool – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
Four Day Kindergarten – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
2 days – $1525
3 days – $2270
4 days – $2520
Rates assume aftercare provided only on days that child is also enrolled in program.
Registration fee
$125 per child, new family
$50 per child, returning family
Annual Supply fee
$125 for preschool per child
$150 for kindergarten per child
$175 for grades per child
Capital Funds Fee
$250 per family
Registration fees are non-refundable. We reserve the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment. In
the event of cancellation all annual fees will be refunded 
A word on tuition at Windsong School
Waldorf Education, from its inception, has acted on the belief that this unique education should be
available to all families who seek it, regardless of their economic status. Each family is encouraged to
contribute “the most they are able to contribute.” This includes tuition and program fees, donations
and volunteer support. This is a different approach from paying tuition as the purchase of a
commodity for “my child.” Rather, each family’s contribution assures a stable learning environment
for the entire school community.
Sibling tuition discount
The oldest child is paid at full tuition.
The second child receives a 10% discount.
The third child receives a 20% discount.
The fourth and subsequent children receive a 30% discount.
Tuition Adjustment
The Windsong community is committed to developing an effective affordability plan for the benefit of
all. If you are interested in serving on our affordability committee please contact us through the e-mail
address below.
To apply for tuition assistance please e-mail Tuition assistance
applications will be processed through Smart Tuition. Priority deadline for financial assistance is July
19th, 2011. Tuition assistance does not cover the registration fee, capital asset fee or supply fee.
Tuition Breakdown
2 day preschool
3 day preschool
4 day Kindergarten
Yearly Total
Per month (10
month pmt
Per day
Per hour
6.26 
2 day aftercare
3 day aftercare
4 day aftercare
5 day aftercare
3.50 