WALDORF CURRICULUM


Waldorf Education approaches all aspects of schooling in a unique and comprehensive way. The curriculum is designed to meet the various stages of child development. Waldorf teachers are dedicated to creating a genuine inner enthusiasm for learning that is essential for educational success.


PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN

At this age, children learn primarily through imitation and imagination.

 

The goal of the kindergarten is to develop a sense of wonder in the young child and reverence for all living things.

 

This creates an eagerness for the academics that follow in the grades. Preschool and Kindergarten activities include:

  • storytelling, puppetry, creative play singing, eurythmy (movement)
  • games and finger plays
  • painting, drawing and beeswax modeling baking and cooking, nature walks
  • foreign language and circle time for festival and seasonal celebrations


ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE-SCHOOL

Children in grades 1-8 learn through the guidance of a class teacher who stays with the class ideally for eight years. The curriculum includes:

 

  • English based on world literature, myths, and legends
  • history that is chronological and inclusive of the world’s great civilizations
  • science that surveys geography, astronomy, meteorology, physical and life sciences
  • mathematics that develops competence in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry
  • foreign languages; physical education; gardening
  • arts including music, painting, sculpture, drama, eurythmy, sketching
  • handwork such as knitting, weaving, and woodworking


HIGH SCHOOL

Our high school is dedicated to helping students develop their full potential as scholars, artists, athletes, and community members. The course of study includes:

  • a humanities curriculum that integrates history, literature, and knowledge of world cultures
  • a science curriculum that includes physics, biology, chemistry, geology, and a four-year college preparatory mathematics program
  • an arts and crafts program that includes calligraphy, drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, weaving, block printing and bookbinding
  • a performing arts program offering orchestra, choir, eurythmy and drama
  • a foreign language program
  • a physical education program