A Developing Member in the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Serving Children From Early Childhood Through Eighth Grade
Humanities and History
The humanities curriculum draws on rich and diverse cultural sources with a progression from fairy tales, fables, legends and Old Testament stories to the study of Norse Mythology and the ancient cultures of India, Persia, Egypt and Greece. By the end of the 8th grade, students have journeyed through Roman and medieval history, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Age of Exploration, the Industrial Revolution and up to modern history.
Zoology, botany, mineralogy, astronomy, chemistry, environmental studies and physics are all covered in the elementary science curriculum. Students begin with nature stories and experience the outdoors, then are introduced to scientific concepts that promote an integrated understanding of the whole.
Children start with the tradition of storytelling. They learn letters through their own imaginations and pictures in nature. They write and illustrate from stories they’ve been told, creating their own books and readers. Later, poetry, creative writing, composition, grammar spelling, oral storytelling, drama, and reading literature are interwoven throughout the curriculum.
Children first encounter the world of numbers through stories, musical rhythms and artistic activities before gaining skills in abstract reasoning. They practice mental math and discover geometry in themselves and the world. Upon entering middle school, they have developed skills and confidence in math and advance through algebra.
The children’s first explorations are close to home, examining the local community, state and region. Eventually they expand to the North American continent and then to world geography.
Music permeates life in a Waldorf School. Beginning in the first grade all students receive education in vocal and instrumental music, both in dedicated classes and in activities integrated into the study of academic subjects.
Fine Arts and Practical Arts
Students learn to knit, crochet, embroider and sew, model with clay and work with wood. Painting and drawing are integrated into the entire academic curriculum, including mathematics and the sciences to bring vitality to learning and promote patience, perseverance and creative thinking.
Spacial awareness, strength and coordination, healthy social interaction, and a joy in movement are the goals of the classes in physical education.
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