Grade School Curriculum
Waldorf education is based on three pillars: goodness, beauty and truth. In the grade school we help children see the beauty in the world. The intellectual development of a grade school student lies firmly in their life of feelings. They learn deeply when they are engaged through their senses and direct experience. Academic subjects are presented imaginatively to engage the students physically, cognitively and emotionally. Equally important to cognitive development is social development.
The Class Teacher
Waldorf education embraces cohort teaching, where the grade school teacher stays with the same group of students as they transition through multiple grades. This long-term relationship benefits by seeing the children through a continuity of development, creating established routines and providing stability for the students as they develop and transform. These threads of relationship form a social and human foundation from which the education grows.
Most school days begin at the entrance to the classroom where the teacher meets the student with an individual greeting. This moment of connection and focused attention reinforces their personal relationship. With this connection established, the day begins with a comprehensive morning lesson, a period of one hour and forty minutes in which a given academic subject is studied intensively. The morning lesson immerses students in a particular academic subject such as language arts, math or a grade specific subject such as botany or geography. Each course of study, or “block”, lasts 3-4 weeks. During the block, the subject is experienced through stories, hands-on activities, songs, movement, poetry, games, drama and other artistic representations. This creative approach allows the content to come to life within the students, making learning a memorable and joyful experience.