March 09, 2011
Potomac Crescent is a hidden gem. This steadily growing Waldorf school offers a warm and home-like environment for children from age 2 to grade 3. We moved to Arlington for its public schools, but after experiencing this private school we kept our children here for the grades and couldn't be happier. Now fours years at PCWS with two kids, my only complaint is that they don't currently have space to add more grades! I love walking into the school and smelling fresh baked bread and apple crisp which the children and teachers have prepared together and will share as a snack. The community values food that is real and healthy. I love that children play outside regardless of rain, snow, or sunshine - there is rarely bad weather, just inappropriate clothing - bring your rain gear. There my children sing every day, create beautiful art, work with wood using real hand tools, bake, cook, and sew. Oh, but this is school, right? Yes, every morning the grades have main lesson where they work on reading, writing, and math skills. The art, music, and storytelling are often incorporated as part of the main lessons which are deeply internalized. A great mix of imagination and realness.
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