Curriculum

Let The Medieval Games Begin!

»Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

CastleOn Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, Grade Six students will travel to the Cincinnati Waldorf School for the Eighth Annual Medieval Games (or as veteran parents call them, the Mud-Evil Games). It is always delightful to watch our children engage in the curriculum in meaningful, purposeful ways, and it’s especially rewarding for students to share the experience with students from Waldorf schools in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. The competition includes sport such as jousting, archery, moat jumping, and tug-of-war.

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.

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SGWS Chess Champions

»Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

MiaMayaMaya Miller (Class 6) and Mia Scott (Class 5) participated in the Ohio Scholastic Chess All Girls State Tournament on Saturday, April 14th.  The event was held at St. Rose School in Perrysburg, OH.

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!

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Class 5 State Fair

»Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Curriculum | 0 comments

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.

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A Comparison of Waldorf and Public School

»Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Curriculum, Research | 1 comment

IMG952375When 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.

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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.
 

Sources:

(1) http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/

(2) https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ecd/ehs_cc_partnership_grant_powerpoint.pdf

(3) http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/frequently-asked-questions/

(4) http://www.corestandards.org/search/?f=all&t=technology

(5) http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning

(6)http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/School-Safety/Building-Better-Learning-Environments/Promote-Pro-Social-Behavior-at-Home

(7)http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/School-Safety/Building-Better-Learning-Environments/Build-Great-Classrooms

(8) http://www.pbs.org/onlyateacher/today2.html

(9)http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/103027/chapters/The-Critical-Role-of-Classroom-Management.aspx

(10) http://www.corestandards.org/search/?f=all&t=Gifted+Children ; http://www.corestandards.org/search/?f=all&t=Individual+Learning ;

11) http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/introduction/key-design-consideration/

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Making the Transition to First Grade

»Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Curriculum, Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

Rose2012-22Join Us! Learn More About Waldorf First Grade Curriculum

When: April 8th 9 a.m.-10 a.m. or April 8th 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Mr. Gannon, an experienced Waldorf teacher, has graciously offered to give a talk for parents. His 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.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Class 8 American History

»Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Curriculum | 0 comments

Class 8 at Spring Garden Waldorf School studies American History from the Industrial Revolution to Modern Day. This subject is taught with special care taken to study outstanding leaders such as Lincoln, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr and other prominent figures who are outstanding (in sometimes less than ideal ways).

By the end of eighth grade, our goal is to have helped developed academically, socially and morally well rounded young adults, ready to enter the larger world and contribute with critical thinking, courage and compassion.

We wanted to highlight some beautiful art done for the History main lesson block this year. It was created by Spring Garden’s current Class 8 teacher, Ms. Marie Paul, who is also a founder of our school.

 

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

 

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Hitler and Stalin

Hitler and Stalin

 

 

 

 

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