This is a hands on experience of sixth grade curriculum, which studies Medieval history in depth. Class Six children study the rise and fall of Rome and the affect Greek and Roman culture had on European civilization up through the Middle Ages.
As shared by our friends at the Cincinnati Waldorf School:
The students are hosted overnight by CWS families and then arrive the next morning at our Meshewa campus for a day filled with jousting, steeplechase, archery, dungeon escape, log cross, moat jumping, tug-of-war, and of course, lots of mud! The event combines history, ethical conduct, Bardic Circle presentations of music and verse, and physical challenges in a Medieval tournament. The chivalry, steadfastness and valor that each student displays at the Medieval Games is truly amazing. The fun, friendship and memories of this experience will last a lifetime.
To learn more about this exciting event, please click here.
Maya finished 1st in the K – 12 Reserve Division. Maya was the only participant to achieve a perfect score (5 wins)! Mia finished 2nd in the K – 5 Non-Rated Division. Both Maya and Mia currently practice chess at Discovery Montessori with their after school chess program.
Mia’s brother Andrew Scott and Maya’s brother Rowan Miller, will also compete with Maya in the Ohio Elementary State Chess Tournament on Saturday, May 17th in Columbus, OH.
Congratulations to all our chess champions! Great job!
This Saturday, April 12th, SGWS alumni, Sarah Welton, will be honored for her winning essay about Spring Garden Waldorf teacher Marie Paul. The My Favorite Teacher contest, sponsored by Barnes and Noble, declared Sarah the winner of the 9-12 grade essayist category for her entry about her Spring Garden Class 1-8 teacher. In addition to be honored for her local win, Sarah will also have her essay entered in the regional B&N contest. Congratulations to both Sarah and Ms. Paul!
Here is Sarah’s winning essay:
“Whenever I am asked about the influential people in my life, my thoughts immediately turn to both my parents and to Marie Paul, the wonderful person who served as my teacher for first through eighth grade. She is a beautiful person and a great friend, always there to listen and always there to help. I have much reason to admire her.
Among her many talents, her ability to teach not only from the text but through her own actions shines bright. As a teacher she taught me in such a captivating and enthralling way. She encouraged me to want to learn and to enjoy learning. In the way she taught, she let us make our own conclusions and formulate our own opinions on the subjects we studied, and would always hear us out as we expressed these opinions.
She has always been a wonderful listener, many times I’ve found myself going to her for advice or just for someone to talk to. She has listened intently and offered heartfelt opinions, forever encouraging me to follow my dreams and aspirations. I truly admire this about her. For my classmates and I, she was not only involved with our school lives, but would check that we were doing well at home and with friends. She was always looking out for us, and when I see her now she always checks in to make sure I am doing well.
The dedication and work she puts into her teaching is astounding, often I would come in to school to find that she had drawn, in beautiful color, a map on the chalkboard or had sketched a portrait of a French king we were to begin studying. In addition, when we were to write about these subjects she would give us neatly written articles that she came up with herself. What I enjoyed about these was that they contained the necessary information and made it clear in a way we would understand.
She molded our entire education around who we were and around our individuality. She encouraged us to create our own ideas, and gave information that we were free to interpret in our own way. For example, when we learned about the Greeks and Trojans, we heard the story from each side’s perspective so that we could be open to different ideas and not decide blatantly that one side was good and the other evil. She taught us to be accepting to different views and showed us how to look at things from different perspectives, which I believe has helped me throughout life.
Even after I graduated in 2012 and left my wonderful teacher, she continues to teach me. Not only did she teach me what was required, but she taught me how to be kind, generous, and accepting. Every time I see her she teaches me something new. She has always been there for me and she has always looked out for me, and for all she has taught me, I am grateful.”
Main Lesson subjects expand in Grade 5 to include, History, Botany and Geography in addition to Mathematics and Language Arts. North American geography is studied both physically and culturally, meaning the physical understanding of landscapes (mapping and make-up of mountains, rivers and prairies) is linked with the way human life has been lived in each region such as how humans used natural resources, developed industry, and produced crops
As part of this curriculum, each Fifth Grade student is given a state to research. They then present to class their findings by creating a poster board, making a food that represents the state, and speaking about their given state to the rest of the class. Students then all take part in the Class 5 State Fair, where grades 3 – 8 tour and ask each student questions about their state.
Here are some wonderful pictures from this year’s Class 5 State Fair.
Learn about the roots of Eurythmy with international Eurythmist, poet, and movement alchemist Gail Langstroth on April 11-12 at Spring Garden Waldorf.
This journey into language as a whole body experience will commence Friday evening, April 11, with a lecture and demonstration about the how, where, and why of Eurythmy. Saturday’s workshops offer the opportunity to access and experience the life-inspiring potential within the word. No experience is needed, just a willingness to discover.
The Friday lecture is from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., and the Saturday movement workshop is from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. The cost for the lecture alone is $20 and the cost for the workshop is $75, but you can purchase a weekend package of both the lecture and workshop for $80. This is an adults-only event.
Here is an inspiring performance by Gail:
For more information about this event, please email Royse Crall. An event invitation will be sent out soon.
As parents, your experiences and first-hand knowledge about Spring Garden are invaluable to the continued growth and improvement of our Waldorf school. Whether you’ve been with us for years or you’ve just joined us, we encourage and value your feedback.
The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America helps us engage in a self study to identify the strengths and challenges in our curriculum, administration, and school as a whole. It is also an essential part of our re-accreditation process. We thank you in advance for all that you do, and hope you will join us in this important work. Please click on one the following links if youʼre planning on attending.
Please join us for one of two community feedback sessions:
- April 10 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. | Click here to register for April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
- April 11 at 8:45-9:45 a.m. | Click here to register for April 11 at 8:45 a.m.
When parents are researching private schools, the myriad of options and different educational philosophies can sometimes be overwhelming. Many of our prospective parents are considering transitioning their children from public school into a Waldorf Education. And so, the question becomes, “What exactly is the difference between my child’s current experience and Waldorf?”
One might generally summarize the differences in this way: Waldorf puts high value in art, critical thinking, and creativity and does not pursue academic instruction before the age of seven. Public school puts a high value on standard and measurable academics, with a focus on math and reading starting at age five.
But this does not shed much light on the multi-layered and nuanced approaches of each system. In an effort to clarify, we have created this chart describing similarities and differences in each educational system. But, for true clarification about these methods and their appropriateness for your child, visit schools in your area and experience in-session classroom visits.
No matter what type of education is right for your child is up to you and your family, we encourage you to tour a Waldorf school while class is in session to experience Waldorf education first hand. Learn More HERE if you’d like to visit Spring Garden Waldorf of Northeast Ohio.