As children begin their Waldorf journey, they explore basic academic concepts like addition and reading through storytelling, painting and music. Their days are filled with reenactments of history, creation of music and other hands-on activities that help them understand each concept – not memorize it.
grades 1 - 5
The lower school encompasses first through fifth grades. During this time, children learn best through tactile and imaginative experiences that help stir
the emotions. Children explore academic foundations through storytelling, painting, and music.
The Waldorf teacher continues with the class through all eight years whenever possible. This continuity of class and teacher allows for a learning community with a strong foundation.
In the initial elementary years, writing evolves from painting and drawing. Both reading and writing are drawn from fables, nature stories and legends. Studies of practical activities, emphasizing farming, housebuilding and clothing as the basis for geography and science, are taught to meet the transformation of children during their third-grade year.
As students progress into middle childhood in the fourth and fifth grades, studies are a meaningful blend of the imaginative and the practical.
Geometry is introduced through freehand drawing; U. S. geography and botany are taught in relation to environment. Lessons in foreign language, vocal music, painting, speech, and drama are integrated into the academic curriculum. Every student learns a new musical instrument each year and in the fourth grade, orchestra participation begins. Days are filled with history through story and song helping students to understand and assimilate each concept.