Our elementary school curriculum inspires the artistic, creative and imaginative life of the child, while providing a strong foundation for academic studies. We focus on engaging the whole child—head, heart and hands—to add value and relevance to lessons. This helps instill a deep interest in learning.
We also take great care with our younger students to honor each stage of childhood by offering shorter school days and encouraging regular outdoor recess, creative play time and movement opportunities.
This multidisciplinary, age-appropriate learning environment is intentionally created and imbued with reverence so each child can flourish and become a well-rounded individual while developing his or her unique potential.
First through Fourth Grades
“The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art—it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, heart and will must be reached, as well as the mind.”
An Elementary School Day
Children begin each day with some combination of music, movement, math and speech. They use their energetic bodies and prepare their minds for a morning of focused attention. The morning’s main lesson is the substance of the day in which core subjects are presented in three- or four-week blocks for a concentrated, in-depth learning experience.
Teachers present the lessons with carefully crafted stories and images designed to inspire children’s feelings and imagination. Students work with the material by listening, discussing, playacting, modeling, drawing and writing. This brings language arts, mathematics, history and science to life. After a snack and more time outdoors, children begin their subject lessons, which are also taught in engaging and interdisciplinary ways. Subjects include music, Spanish, eurythmy, handwork, gardening and physical education.
At day’s end, students have spent hours immersed in experiential learning while also savoring the joys of childhood, with time in outdoor experiences. They go home tired, but joyful, and return eagerly the next day with an inherent curiosity and love of learning.