"If you've had the experience of binding a book, knitting a sock, playing a recorder, then you feel that you can build a rocket ship—or learn a software program you've never touched. It's not bravado, just a quiet confidence. There is nothing you can't do. Why couldn't you? Why couldn't anybody?"
- PETER NITZE, Alumnus of Waldorf Education, Harvard, and Stanford
Passion for Knowledge Ignites:
Fourth graders, armed with developing self-awareness and maturity, discover new territories both within themselves and in the world. Their need for expansive knowledge can be seen in the confidence and energy the students carry when moving into new areas of study.
Eager to learn about the world, fourth graders need to be challenged and stretched in all aspects of their work. The teacher meets the student’s passion for learning by providing more separate and rigorous curriculum subjects and more opportunities to work independently.
Socially, fourth graders see themselves as individuals comprising the whole. The need for rules, structure and fairness is understood by all, but not as easily followed. This need is often carried over into playground games, bookwork expectations, and homework scheduling. The teacher, to promote a healthy environment, guides the developing social awareness of the students using class meetings as a way to discuss resolutions to the social challenges they face.
Your fourth grader will learn:
Mathematics: Long division and fractions, including adding, subtracting, multiplying and reducing mixed numbers and prime numbers.
Language Arts: Tenses, syntax, comparative adjectives, punctuation, the nine parts of speech, the four sentence structures and composition, independent reading, discussion, speech, and presentations
Literature: Norse myths and Native American tales
Science: Zoology, geography, cartography
History: Wisconsin history
Spanish: Formal grammar, gender, irregular verbs and personal pronouns, spelling practice, poems, tongue twisters and songs
Physical Education: Gymnastics, double dutch, hula hoops, dribbling balls, clapping, chase games and creating original games, folk dances
Handwork: Cross stitch for pencases and pillows
Woodwork: Birdhouses, bat houses and simple toys
Art: Watercolor and acrylic painting, geometric and form drawing including celtic knots and clay modeling
Theater: Class play complementing fourth grade curriculum, role in community-wide Mayfaire festival
Music: Chorus, flute, string ensemble, community-wide concerts
Field trips, including an overnight trips, are used to enrich the classroom learning. Prior Waldorf experience is not needed to attend fourth 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