Teachers move up through the grades with their classes, providing continuity while developing a deep understanding of each student. Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate and creates intellectual, emotional and physical connections to learning, fosters creative thinking and compassionate feeling.
Academic subjects like history, language arts, science, and math, are taught in main lesson blocks of three to five weeks during the morning main lesson hours. These subjects are taught in an experiential way rather than from textbooks. The teacher presents each subject in diverse and imaginative ways. Art is a fundamental part of our educational approach, inspired by Waldorf Education and children learn to work with watercolor painting, drawing, beeswax and clay modeling. Specialty subjects are taught through the grades, which include foreign language, instrumental music, singing, dancing, handwork (knitting, crochet, sewing, weaving), woodworking and Eurythmy. A passion for learning is ignited within the students and success ensured.
**We will offer Grades 1-5 for the 2017-18 School Year**
Waldorf Grades Curriculum
Primary Grades 1-3
- Pictorial and phonetic introduction to the alphabet, writing, reading, spelling, poetry and drama
- Multicultural folk and fairy tales, Biblical stories, animal fables, legends of saints, nature stories
- Numbers, basic mathematical processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, weights, measures and money
- Study of practical life through farming, housing, clothing and gardening
Middle Grades 4-5
- Writing, reading, spelling, grammar, poetry and drama
- Norse myths, Native America Studies, Arthurian legends and medieval tales, history and stories of Ancient civilizations ranging from India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Rome and Greece
- Review of the four mathematical processes, fractions, percentage and geometry
- Local and world geography, comparative zoology, botany and elementary physics
(Not currently offered at AMS) Upper Grades 6-8
- Creative writing, reading, spelling, grammar, poetry and drama
- History through biographies, Age of Exploration, Renaissance and Reformation, American history and Modern history
- Multi-cultural exploration and Geography
- Mathematics: Algebra and the Golden Mean
- Sciences: Physics, Basic Chemistry, Astronomy and Physiology
- Biography studies
Eurythmy is an art form unique to Waldorf Education where the art is the body itself. Through gestures and movement, students bring expression to poetry and music while working with beat, rhythm, pitch, phrasing and musical tones. Eurythmy supports the healthy development of a child’s relationship to her or his body.
Eurythmy provides spatial orientation and coordination, rhythm, an understanding of polarities, agility in the feet and expressivity in the hands, social collaboration, sensitivity to self and
others and an appreciation for the beauty of language.
Nature Immersion Classroom
We seek to nurture a lifelong reverence for and relationship with the natural world. According to neuroscience, immersion in nature not only promotes good health and greater happiness, but also provides an optimal setting for the mind to learn.
Grade school students spend time regularly in nature’s classroom where they:
- Learn gardening, environmental awareness and wilderness skills
- Observe plant and animal life cycles
- Run, play and explore streams, trees, fields and mountains
- Build strong bodies and natural wisdom