"Waldorf Students come closer to realizing their potential than practically anyone I know."
- JOSPEH WIZENBAUN, MIT Professor
Your fifth grade child has arrived at the mid-point between childhood and adolescence, a developmental time that brings great advancements both socially and emotionally. The students become steadier and more self-confident as they are comfortable with themselves and how they relate to the world. This maturity allows for the ability to work independently and to understand new perspectives, providing a significant opportunity for learning.
Our curriculum helps the students to move beyond themselves and out into the world in both time and space. Formal studies of history, geography, geometry, and botany challenge the students to think holistically. A signature of the 5th grade is the Pentathalon event, where students from multiple Waldorf schools gather together to compete for laurel crowns in a contest inspired by the Ancient Greeks. The ideals of truth and beauty permeate the games.
Because the children are developing a stronger sense of their own personality, every opportunity is taken to teach them to respect others. Students are helped to differentiate clearly and accurately between the opinions and experiences of their own and of others.
Your fifth grader will learn:
Mathematics: Calculations with fractions and decimals, Geometry
Language Arts: Composition, grammar, active and passive voice, vocabulary development, dictation, journaling, independent reading and writing
Literature: Myths, tales, and literature of the ancient cultures of India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece
Science: Botany and geography
History: Ancient cultures of India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece
Spanish: Formal grammar, regular verbs and possessive adjectives, individualized dialogue and expanded vocabulary, pronouns, reading and spelling practice, poems and songs
Physical Education: Pentathlon training includes long jump, javelin throwing, discus, running and wrestling
Handwork: Knitting slippers, scarves and mittens
Woodwork: Wooden tops, birdhouses and simple toys
Art: Drawing, painting and clay modeling
Theater: Class play complementing fifth grade curriculum
Music: Flute, chorus, string ensemble, community-wide concerts
Field trips, including the Pentathlon overnight trip, are used to enrich the classroom learning. Prior Waldorf experience is not needed to attend fifth grade. Classes are filled on a first come/first serve basis.
Schedule: (M, T, W, F) 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m & (Thursdays) 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Drop-off opens at 7:45 a.m. & After Care Available