Curriculum

June Parent Child Classes at Spring Garden

»Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Curriculum, Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

What are you doing with your little ones this summer?

SGWS-ParentChildBannerConsider the Spring Garden Waldorf Parent Child Classes held weekly for seven weeks, 9:30-Noon, on either Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. Classes start June 9,10 & 11 and parents register for the day of their choice.

Parents and children (ages 18 months to 4 years old) join together in a class that is held mainly outdoors and imitates the rhythms and atmosphere of a  Waldorf early childhood class experience.  Classes are taught by Marina Ristev Rana, an experienced Waldorf early childhood teacher.  Children are guided through the morning by the gentle rhythm of circle time, nature walk, creative play, snack, and story time.  Young children learn through imitation.  With this in mind, we will ask that parents participate in each of these activities or help with daily tasks depending on the lead given by the teacher. 

The natural world and seasonal festivals are reflected during circle time.  This provides the opportunity to learn through music and rhyme.  Games and movement activities engage both large and fine motor coordination.  Stories and puppet plays nourish the child’s imagination and provide rich material for creative play.  Time in nature throughout the seasons allow for awe, wonder, and discovery of our world.

During class, we will offer information and give parents an opportunity to discuss child development, parenting questions, and Waldorf education with an experienced teacher.

Cost per session is $200/parent and child and $100 for each additional sibling.  Limited space available. Register today! 

Register for Thursday’s Class Starting June 9th. Click HERE.

Register for Friday’s Class Starting June 10th. Click HERE.

Register for Saturday’s Class Starting June 11th. Click HERE.

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A Rewarding 2016 Track Season

»Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

by Nancy Stewart

Class8TrackThe 2016 SGWS Jaguars Track and Field season has come to a close. The season was filled with record breaking performances by almost all of the athletes. Several athletes set new school records for Spring Garden: 8th graders Anycia Jimenez and Megan May, 7th graders Catherine Greer, Dominic Denney, Eric Huber, Ian Matias, and 6th graders Gaby Miller and Ian Huber. 

All athletes continued all season to improve their personal records which made it a very rewarding for them! If you would like to see the school records, check the wall by the gym entrance.

Megan May, Anycia Jimenez, Grace Rossi and Gio Palermo also qualified for the Championship Meet on Sunday, May 22. Megan finished 6th in Shot Put, and 8th in Discus. Anycia finished 7th in Long Jump, and 5th in Hurdles. Grace finished 8th in the 800m run, and Gio finished 5th in the Shot Put.

On Sun. May 15th, the sixth and seventh grade athletes competed in their Championship Meet. Congratulations to the following for winning medals/ribbons in the championships: Gaby Miller 3rd in 100m, 4th in 200m, Grace Pryor 6th in 100m and 5th in 200m, Karlie Koontz  1st in Discus, 3rd in Shot Put, Catherine Greer 1st in Long Jump (with a shattering jump of 13’9.75”) Ian Huber 5th in the 800m, Avery Kuhn-Brooks 5th in Shot Put and Discus, Ian Matias 4th in Discus and 6th in Shot Put.

As you can see, it was a very rewarding season for all involved. Thank you so much for the outstanding parental support all season long!

 

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The Waldorf Class 5 Pentathlon

»Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Curriculum | 0 comments

 

GreekWrestlingWaldorf fifth graders across the U.S. gather together once a year to compete in a Greek Pentathlon.  It is a coming-of-age competition and a celebration of grace, athleticism, sportsmanship and the upcoming independence of adolescence.

Waldorf students study Greek history at the end of their fifth grade year, learning about the Gods and myths and also about historical Greece and its cultivation of democracy, philosophy and the arts. These lessons intertwine and culminate into a day when the intellectual meets the physical and academics reach a peak of relevancy in the student’s minds.

As the student’s come together with other schools to compete, they do not compete by school, but are instead combined together in cooperative relationships with new peers. All student are assigned to be part of one of four teams representing the Greek city-states of Thebe, Sparta, Corinth and Athens. From there they are directed to the stations of competition for one of the five classic Greek events — Javelin, Discus, Long Jump, Foot Racing and Greek wrestling.

The events are not scored on athletic performance alone, but instead on a number of factors including the athlete’s form (grace and beauty which the Greeks revered) and also on sportsmanship with the other players.

There are many learning opportunities which are both essential and developmentally appropriate for 11-12 year olds to learn during this event.  They must learn to test their physical abilities, manage and accept disappointment in their performance, make new friends, strive to out do their personal bests and be gracious in the face of loss.

Surrounding both sides of the competition itself are times of community togetherness. Before the day of festivities, the students gather to read oaths from their school regarding the event and sing Glorious Apollo before a Greek dinner with families.  On the day of competition there is an opening ceremony complete with trumpet fanfare, an Olympic pledge and the torch run.

These gatherings hold reverence for the students as they begin and complete this coming-of-age event which inspires aspiration, determination and celebration.

 

 

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Seventh Grade Renaissance Faire

»Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

RFairecollageThis Friday, Spring Garden Waldorf will host its annual Waldorf Renaissance Faire for seventh graders from our own school and also Waldorf Schools from Cincinnati, Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Ann Arbor. Seventh graders in Waldorf Education study the Renaissance, which appropriately appeals to the emerging adolescent. After all, the Renaissance era’s innovative thinkers were voracious learners, just like our seventh graders, who created and emerged into a new era of thinking by questioning the status quo! Is it any wonder this time in history is such engaging curriculum for our 13 year olds?

The evening before the day of festivities, SGWS hosts a Renaissance dinner for all the seventh grade students and their families, both from SGWS and those visiting from the other 4 Waldorf schools.  The dinner includes Renaissance themed performances by each school’s seventh grade class and is attended by faculty wearing period costumes and playing the part of the King and Queen’s court. The next morning the Faire begins.

3567eeea01a49689416434fe89519fa3At the event, teams will be created with a mixture of seventh grade students Spring Garden, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, and Pittsburgh.  Each team will engage in activities which will test their physical, mental, and artistic abilities and reflect upon their recent Renaissance studies. Teams of students are labeled according to Renaissance explorers such as Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh and Vasco de Gamma.

Each event allows students to collaborate, using their different strengths in intellectual, artistic, and physical challenges, as if they were experiencing the Renaissance first hand. Activities include orienteering, a rope bridge, a trebuchet launch, chalk art station, and a tree climb along with various thought-provoking mental tasks along the journey.

Like the Pentathlon and the Medieval Games, the Renaissance Faire allows students opportunities to strengthen their cognitive, creative, and social skills — and to have fun!

 

Here is the Class Seven practicing a Renaissance performance:

 

 

 

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What Will You See at Walk Through The Grades?

»Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

All are welcome to Spring Garden’s upcoming Walk Through The Grades Day — Wednesday, May 11th, at 9 am.  REGISTER HERE or Email our Admissions Director, Amy Hecky, at admissions@sgws.org.

Spring Garden is part of the long­standing Waldorf tradition, drawing attention for what the New York Times calls, “a teaching philosophy focused on physical activity and learning through creative, hands­ on tasks. Waldorf educators strive to implement the right thing at the right time and follow a multi­disciplinary approach to teaching, which is supported by modern­ day scientific research about successful learning.”

Nothing shows the power of this type of education like seeing it in action. Our In Session Class Tours, also known as Walk Through the Grades, provide parents a unique opportunity to see how our teachers employ this innovative approach to education, which gives children the opportunity to learn through a wide variety of experiences, increasing depth of understanding as well as intersecting with individual learning styles.

Early Childhood
People often note the quiet and concentration of our Early Childhood students and their ability to listen carefully to their soft spoken teachers.

 

Grade 1
Children learn best by doing. Movement is key to teaching math, writing and reading in Primary School children.

 

Grade 2
Music and art are woven into Main Lesson subjects like reading, writing and math.

 

Grade 3
Third graders are eager to learn about the world outside of themselves and have the skills they need to concentrate and absorb challenging information.

 

Grade 4
The Fourth grade day is rich, including special subjects like clay sculpture, gardening and violin on top of regular academic rigor.

 

Grade 5
On tours of Grade 5 classes and beyond, many parents comment about on the amount of collaboration and vibrant conversation among the teacher and the students.

 

Grade 6
Spanish, geometry, history, language arts are all taught through engaging and interesting projects. Here is an example of the final result of a Sixth grade geometry lesson.

 

Grade 7
Our Seventh graders are often encountered in the Science Lab, being led to their own conclusions about experiments taught through Socratic inquiry and interaction.

 

Grade 8
On any given tour, you may find our oldest students helping their First grade buddies, making a chair in woodworking class, practicing for orchestra, studying algebra, anatomy or physics, or working on a paper for U.S. history.

 

You will also find, that whatever our students doing, they are not only passionate about it, but engaged with the subject and with one another, and respectful and grateful for their teachers.

 

 

 

 

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Making the Transition to First Grade 

»Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Curriculum, Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

Rose2012-22Please join us on Thursday, March 24, to learn more about the Waldorf First Grade curriculum.

 

Mrs. Andrea Zeno, an experienced Waldorf teacher and the current first grade class teacher, has graciously offered to give a talk for all parents.  Her talk will cover how skills and curriculum are approached in the first grade.  This is an exceptional opportunity to educate yourself on how Waldorf education meets the needs of the child by presenting developmentally appropriate material, or as we like to say “the right thing at the right time”.

This event is FREE and open to all SGWS families as well as the greater community. We hope you are able to join us for this informative presentation. Please feel free to bring friends, family, or acquaintances who would like to learn more.

To accommodate as many families as possible, we are offering two sessions: one at 9:00 a.m., and another at 7:00 p.m. Both sessions will last about an hour and will cover the same topics.

 
To register for the 9:00 a.m. session, please click here

To register for the 7:00 p.m. session, please click here

We look forward to seeing you there!
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