"We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s an organic process. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish."
- SIR KEN ROBINSON, Ted.com
The Emergence of Identity:
The third grade year is a time of transition; the children have moved out of innocence and into the age of self-consciousness. They are newly aware of the difference between self and the surrounding world, becoming more indepedent and curious about how things work. Our third grade curriculum helps your child navigate this significant, and often difficult, developmental milestone of identity formation.
Our third graders further grow in academic proficiency. Their new found self-reliance is reflected in learning skills that allow for a greater connection to the world. They continue to meet the academic challenges with confidence, further solidifying their identity as capable human beings.
The students’ will forces are tested with practical work in the farming and shelter building lessons. By physically encountering the earth, the children gain knowledge beyond that learned in books, awakening connections to nature that lead to responsible stewardship of the environment. Creation stories build a holistic image of the origin of the earth and the role that plants, animals and man serve on it.
Your third grader will learn:
Mathematics: Long multiplication and division, time, linear, solid and liquid measurement, money
Language Arts: Grammar, spelling, parts of speech, composition, cursive writing
Literature: Hebrew stories
Science: Farming, sustainability, gardening and shelter building
History: Hebrew culture
Spanish: Individualized dialogue, vocabulary, writing and reading practice, songs and stories
Physical Education: Folk dances, balance games, gymnastics, jump roping, hula hoops, clapping, chase games, Maypole dance
Handwork: Knitting washcloths, chairmats, and hats using ‘granny squares’, weaving, crochet
Art: Watercolor painting, working with clay and beeswax, model making, form drawing
Theater: Class play complementing third grade curriculum, role in community-wide Michaelmas Festival and Mayfaire festival
Music: Flute, singing, rounds
Field trips, including an overnight camping trip, are used to enrich the classroom learning. Prior Waldorf experience is not needed to attend third 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 7:30 a.m. & After Care Available