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.
Aftercare 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.
- 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!
The 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.