Curriculum

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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Class Six Country Presentations

»Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Curriculum | 0 comments

Class 6 4Class 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.

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In Session Class Tour March 12th

»Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

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.

Can’t come on the 12th? Click Here to Watch a Vrtual Tour of our school as seen on the TV Show Sustainable Life.

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SGWS After Care

»Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

FallLeaves1Aftercare at Spring Garden Waldorf is an important part of our school community. We offer children a safe, active and fun place to spend time before and after school while their parents fulfill work and other obligations.

Children in our aftercare program spend much of their time outdoors engaged in free play, while supervised by caring adults with childhood education or care experience. During inclement weather, structured play opportunities are also available such as basketball, board games, and puzzles. Playground and gym equipment is provided to the children and quiet areas are also available for students wishing to do homework.

Our Aftercare Director, Tori Bolanz, graduated from the University of Akron with a BA in Early Childhood Education. Tori is also currently a Lead teacher in SGWS Early Childhood. Aftercare staff member, Olivia Moss, is a University of Akron student and a graduate of The Visual and Performing Arts Program at Firestone High School with experience as a domestic assistant and child care provider.

We are dedicated to keeping this offering affordable for our community. Our program costs only $5/hour and hours are 7:15-8:15 in the morning and 3:30-6:00 in the evening. Additional children in the family are $4/hr.

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Ice Skating at Kent State

»Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Curriculum, Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

LoucileIceSkateIt’s that time of year again! On February 28, we welcome back our annual tradition of spending three Friday afternoons on the ice.

 

Grade One students are introduced to this tradition by their Eighth Grade Buddy, and all grades share the ice. New students find a supportive and safe environment to learn to skate, and for many students (and more than a few parents), our ice skating trips are the highlight of the long winter months. For a nominal skate rental fee, parents can join their children on the ice, or just sit rink-side and visit with other members of our community.

 

Web MD writer recently interviewed Angela Smith, MD, an attending surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who had this to say about ice skating’s benefits, “I think [ice skating] truly addresses all components of fitness at any level,” she says. “It’s good for building lower-body muscles including the hips, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves. Skating also boosts balance, flexibility, quickness, and agility.”

 

We agree! Which, along with the fact that it’s great fun for our children and out community, keeps ice skating a tradition here at SGWS. In order to orchestrate this fun event, we need parents help.
  • Permission slips will be sent home for all students in Grades 1 through 8 by the end of this week. Please return them promptly.
  • We will need many parents to help drive students to and from the Ice Arena. We leave the school at 12:30 and leave Kent State at 2:45. We are generally back at the school by 3:30. (If you wish to pick up your child at the ice arena, you must be there by3:00.)
  • Our skating dates are February 28, March 7, and March 14, and we are always in need of drivers and chaperones.

 

Hope to see you at the ice rink!

 

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Movement, Games, and the Waldorf Curriculum

»Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

JeffTThe Parent Council is hosting a presentation by Jeff Tunkey of the AHE Friday, February 7, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. at SGWS to discuss the role of movement and games in the Waldorf curriculum.  Jeff is a member of the Aurora Waldorf School faculty and the Association of Healing Education board.

There is a growing body of research in education and neuroscience about the link between learning and movement. Studies have shown that physical changes from exercise can boost cognition, such as the increase in blood flow, brain mass, and neuron development. But research like this study about critical thinking and dance, or this one done through Seattle Public Schools, also connect dots between boosted academic performance and learning through movement.

For several years, our guest speaker, Jeff Tunkey, has been the Games (Gym) teacher, Care Group Coordinator, and, until recently, Extra Lesson Teacher at Aurora Waldorf School. He is an experienced speaker and has led several faculty workshops. You can learn more about Jeff’s work on his website MovementforChildhood.com.

For more information about this upcoming event, email Diane Miskinis.

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