Languages: German & French
In our Early Childhood programs German and French are taught through songs and movement. Beginning in Grade 1 students take classes in German and French led by specialist teachers. Poetry, movement, games and songs are a strong focus in Waldorf language instruction.
Foreign language learning is also integrated into the main lesson content of each grade.
Woodworking begins in Class Four when students develop a sensitivity for their material by stamping, rasping and sanding basswood dice and the Jacob’s Ladder toy. In Class Five students shape animal figures with coping saw and rasp. Working from a raw cedar log, Class Five students also create a fine carpentry cause and effect magic propeller stick toy. In Classes Six through Eight, students progress with the study of convex and concave forms by shaping basswood eggs, spoons, bowls and complex animal figures. A final Class Eight project is the finger jointed treasure box.
At KWS the mindful art of shaping wood is a journey of perseverance and focus through curiosity and wonder.
Music and Instruments
Music is integral to Waldorf education. Beginning in our Early Childhood Programs, songs, rhythm and movement are part of daily activities.
In the Grades, singing is a daily part of the curriculum. Children begin formal music instruction with learning the pentanonic flute in Grade 1 and then they move on to learn the recorder in the following grades. There is an emphasis on music reading and performance.
Handwork – Building Fine Motor Skills
Handwork is a wonderful part of our curriculum. Beginning in Kindergarten children learn to finger knit, wet felt and sew. As the grades progress, children learn, with a specialist teacher, to knit and crochet more complicated patterns and create challenging projects.
Handwork builds children’s self-esteem and gives children the opportunity to develop exceptional fine motor skills in a practical and exploratory way.
Eurythmy is an art unique to Waldorf education. Taught by a professionally trained eurythmist, Eurthymy is the art of artisically guided movement to music and speech. Through Eurythmy children develop bodily grace, control and expression.
Eurythmy is also a strong foundation in literacy development. Recent brain research supports movement through story telling as a strong component of literacy success. Children from Early Childhood to Grade 8 participate in Eurythmy classes.
Sports & Games
Movement education and games in the Waldorf curriculum spring from the same understanding of a child’s development that underlies the academic curriculum in a Waldorf school. This deeper understanding of a child’s development is taken into account in a movement education and games class in the activities that are chosen, the shapes that are used in the group games, and the emphasis of the class (for instance whether games are played with an emphasis on fun or with an emphasis on playing by the rules). Each lesson contains a rhythm of joining together and moving apart, highly active games balanced with quieter games, working together as a group and taking a few moments to reflect on one’s own body and movement.
Each year the children participate in skating, swimming, skiing, and games. Class five prepare for the Greek Olympics where they are able to visit and compete with other Waldorf Schools.
The Arts are integrated into all aspects of learning in the Waldorf curriculum.
In the Early childhood programs, artistic activities are part of the weekly rhythm and children explore the mediums of painting, drawing, beeswax modelling and puppetry.
In the Grades the children create beautiful main lesson books on the academic subjects that are works of art in themselves. There is also projects taught by both classroom and specialist teachers in the subjects of: painting, sculpture, wood work, drama and sketching.
Rudolf Steiner was the founder of bio-dynamic gardening. In Early Childhood and through the Grades, children have opportunities to garden on our picturesque school grounds.
As the child grows, the understanding of gardening deepens. What begins as an appreciation of the Mother Earth in Early Childhood matures in the older grades. For instance, in Grade 3 there is an opportunity for the whole class to be involved in a building project. One year this consisted in building garden beds from scratch and planting vegetables. In the Upper Grades, scientific discovery through Botany is a focus for learning.
From Early Childhood to the Grades, there are many opportunities for further enrichment through field trips and outreach programs. Examples of these are: farm visits, sports, skiing and snowshoeing, canoe trips, swimming, art galleries and theatre. Grade 5 students also participate yearly in the Greek Olympics, which is a regional gathering of North West Waldorf Schools, to compete doing traditional games of Ancient Greece.
After School Programs
We have an after school Ski Program for the older grades. For our mixed aged Kindergarten children, we have after school care.
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