Class teachers accompany a class for several consecutive years and teach all core subjects. The close relationship that develops between the class teacher and students benefit the child's growing confidence and self-esteem.
Academic work each day in the grades begins with a 2-hour Main Lesson that addresses core subjects in great depth. Blocks last three to four weeks to provide time for students to fully digest and assimilate the material.
Rather than standardized textbooks, students create written and illustrated Main Lesson Books from their teachers' presentations and blackboard drawings. This creative process enables them to "own" their learning and allows the children to experience a subject on a far deeper, richer level than the intellectual one.
Between the ages 7 and 14 children learn most naturally through beauty. That's why stories and art are used as teaching vehicles. The stories chosen for language arts and history blocks match closely the developmental stage of the children. For example, stories of saints & heroes and fables appeal to the developing sense of right and wrong of second-graders.
First Grade: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Nature Stories Pictorial and Phonetic Introduction to Letters Reading Approached through Writing Form Drawing Qualities of Numbers Introduction to the 4 Processes of Arithmetic Multiples and Skip Counting Vocal Music and Pentatonic Flute Spanish Knitting, Beeswax Modeling, Painting, Crafts Gardening and Cooking Yoga and Cooperative Games
Second Grade: Animal Fables, Stories of Saints and Heroes Nature Stories Form Drawing and Cursive Writing The 4 Processes of Arithmetic Number Patterns and Place Value Vocal Music and Pentatonic Flute Spanish Knitting and Crocheting Beeswax Modeling, Painting & Crafts Yoga and Games
Third Grade: Old Testament Stories Introduce History Study of Practical Life: Farming, Housing, Clothing Measurement, Weight and Money Reading, Spelling, Writing Form Drawing Punctuation Vocal Music, Pentatonic Flute, String Instrument Spanish Handwork, Painting and Crafts Gardening and Cooking Yoga and Games
Painting in the First Grade Classroom.
Please contact us to arrange a visit and to discuss your interest in a Waldorf grades program!