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.
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.
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!
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.
Class Six children study both the rise and fall of Rome and the affect Greek and Roman culture had on European civilization up through the Middle Ages. As part of that study, the sixth graders chose a European country to research. They are asked to research the people who live there, country flag, common occupations, recreation, foods, language, clothing, and more.
Students in sixth grade are ready for new challenges in their thinking as they prepare for being young adults in middle school where they will be asked to think of themselves as part of a greater whole. As part of this transition, the country project is not just a paper or class presentation, but an event Class Six hosts for the third, fourth and fifth grade classes.
This year, each Class Six student made a poster board representing what they learned about their country and presented the information to their school mates, who then were allowed to tour the presentations, ask questions about the countries and sample food students prepared related to their country. Parents were invited to attend as well.
This year, everyone enjoyed Copenhagen potatoes, perogies, strudel, gingerbread, and Irish soda bread to name a few.
Here are some more pictures from this year’s ceremony.
Experience Waldorf first hand by walking through in-session classes on March 12th. See our teachers doing what they love and see students loving to learn. Administrators will be available to answer questions both before and after our in-session tour which begins Wednesday at 9am. Come Experience the Waldorf Difference.