Elementary Waldorf Asheville
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 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 currently offer Grades 1-5.Instrumental Music Waldorf Asheville

The Waldorf Curriculum for Grades 1-8

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 4-6

  • 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

Upper Grades 7-8

  • 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

Nature Immersion Waldorf AshevilleWe 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

Samples of Daily Rhythm


8:40-8:50 Arrival
8:50-10:40 Main Lesson
10:40-11:20 Snack break
11:20-12:00 Specialty Class
12:00-12:45 Specialty Class
12:45-1:45 Lunch and Recess
11:45-2:30 Specialty Class or Extra Lesson
2:30-2:50 Reading
2:50-3:00 Clean up and Closing
3:00 Dismissal

Nature Immersion Classroom:

8:40-8:50 Arrival
8:50-9:05 Assemble in car pool cars
19:05-9:30 Drive to Sacred Mountain Sanctuary
9:30-9:45 Walk to circle area
9:45-10:15 Circle
10:15-10:45 Snack
10:45-11:15 Games
11:15-12:30 Nature exploration
12:30-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Afternoon activity
(gardening, cooking, crafting)
2:00-2:10 Clean up and closing
2:10-2:20 Walk to and assemble in car pool cars
2:20-3:00 Return to Azalea Mountain School
for dismissal