Jump Rope Success – by Mrs. Crandall

The Human Spirit in Education One of the tasks of the class teacher in the Waldorf School is to have an unshakable belief in a human being’s capacity to learn and transform him/herself. As we practice believing this, we learn to see the amazing leaps students take in their development. After a few years of experience comes the more challenging practice for the class teacher: to be vigilant of...
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4th Grade Woodworking – By Mr. Litts

As an energetic lad within these very walls, my rambunctious nature was instantly quelled when it came time for handwork, especially woodworking. My love for traditional methods of crafting has grown over the years, and I’m fortunate to be able to bring my experiences to our children. Rather than presenting a more common “shop class” type of curriculum, we’ll focus on...
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Buddies Painting Owls – By Mrs. Sabatella

Every first grade class gets a buddy in the fifth grade class.  These buddies stay together until the fifth grade leaves the lower school after 8th grade. The current 4th grade and the 8th grade have spent their buddy time over the past four years together doing a variety of activities.  A few weeks ago we gathered together to sketch an assortment of owls.  Outside the rain fell in a steady...
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Painting Genesis – by Karen Crandall

Waldorf schools are nonsectarian. Values such as respect for self and others, universal to all religious and spiritual traditions, are upheld in the classrooms. Spiritual leaders of many cultures are studied through the history of world civilizations. The question of religion is left strictly to the family.  Here is one way we present the Old Testament as literature to our 3rd graders Painting...
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Seventh Grade handwork – by Ms. Bradley

The handwork curriculum for Grade 7 brings new opportunities for linking the work of making something with one’s hands and the reality of day-to-day living.  Many handwork classes in Grade 7 at Waldorf schools focus on making clothing using hand-sewing, a skill that has been lost in recent generations in many parts of today’s world.  Sewing by hand strengthens neural pathways related...
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First Grade French – by Mme Hrebenach

I feel that language is a vital means of communication between people, as well as a gateway to understanding and accepting particular cultures, as expressed through meaningful sound.  With each language we learn, we increase our social range, and our understanding of the world in which we live. In first grade French class, we will explore French language almost exclusively in the target...
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