Beginning with a warm handshake every morning, grade school students develop deep and loving relationships with their teachers that are nurtured over time. Class teachers ‘loop’ with their students through the grades. Subject teachers also teach across the grades, developing close relationships with the children.
The students are deeply immersed for the first part of each day in two-to-three week blocks of learning of each morning lesson subject. Studies in math and language arts also include track classes for frequent practice and review. Following the developmental guidelines of the Waldorf curriculum, every subject is enlivened through poetry, song, drama, movement, drawing, painting and experiences in the natural environment.
Core Curriculum includes:
Mathematics. From the introduction of numbers, all four arithmetic operations and form drawing through increasing complexity and application of skills in measurement, fractions, decimals, number patterns, and freehand geometric drawings.
Language Arts. From introduction of letters through proficiency in reading, writing and grammar, stories from fairy tales to legends, fables, and Old Testament, Norse, ancient Indian Persian, Babylonian and Greek mythologies.
History. From home surroundings to local history, California and American history, and many ancient cultures through Alexander the Great.
Geography. From nature stories in the garden to local geography, California geography and that of North America.
Natural Science. From experiences in the natural world to gardening, farming, shelter building and the study of animals and plants.