Davis Waldorf School
Curriculum

Our Subject Programs

After Main Lesson in the morning in the grades, the children have subject classes. Most are taught by dedicated subject teachers who work with the children within their particular area of expertise. These classes build upon the Main Lesson curriculum and allow the children to expand their learning about themselves and the world. In these classes, children acquire new skills and passions for working with their hands, making music, moving their body, or speaking in a foreign language. These vary from grade to grade and may include Choir, Strings/Winds, Painting, Clay/Beeswax Modeling, Handwork, Woodwork, Spanish, Form Drawing, Eurythmy, Games and Gardening.
 

Handwork

Handwork allows children to work creatively with their hands. At an early age, children are introduced to soft fleece which they happily card. They enjoy forming something with their hands, like balls of yarn or finger knitting long ropes for jumping. The children learn how to make many useful items and feel a sense of accomplishment at having finished a project. Our school has a dedicated handwork teacher to bring the following curriculum:

Grades 1 and 2 – Knitting

Grade 3 – Crochet, Fiber Crafts

Grade 4 – Embroidery

Grade 5 – Knitting in the Round

Grade 6 – Hand Sewing Animals

Grade 7 – Hand Sewing

Grade 8 – Machine Sewing

 

Eurythmy

Eurythmy makes language and music visible through movement. Eurythmy acts as a social art by having children move in particular forms as a group. Eurythmy develops balance, coordination, and spatial awareness within each child.

We are proud that our Eurythmy program spans preschool through eighth grade. Eurythmy is offered twice a week per grade by a fully-trained Eurythmist. Once a year, we offer a Eurythmy performance at an off-site location to showcase what the grades students have been learning in this subject class. All parents are encouraged to come.

Early Childhood

Grades One through Eight

 

Games

Movement is carefully woven throughout the grades; it’s part of the breathing out and balance of any lesson. Our school has a dedicated instructor for our games classes who has taught for many years. This instructor brings the curriculum in developmentally-appropriate ways, following the footsteps of Kim John Payne’s stages of play. These stages of play are important as they connect child development with the timing of certain activities. In early childhood, children should have solitary, parallel, and “let’s pretend” play before moving on to game playing. Children gain important social skills, like impulse control and cooperation, which serve healthy interactions at eight, nine, and ten years old.[1] Following these stages of play, children are allowed to grow and develop in safe, healthy ways.

Grades One through Eight

 

Spanish

At our school, Spanish is offered in first through eighth grade. All classes have Spanish twice a week all year long. The Spanish teacher, who is a native Spanish speaker, has been at the school for many years and has dedicated her time and energy to learning Waldorf methodology.

In all the grades, Spanish lessons are brought in an a fun and engaging way through games, drawings and interactive activities. All lessons are tailored to meet the specific needs of each child every year.

Grades 1 through 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grades 7 and 8

 

Strings

Our strings program begins in the fourth grade with our dedicated Strings teacher, when students learn to play the violin, viola, or cello.

Grades 4 through 8

 

Band

Our students may choose to join the band program at the beginning of sixth grade. The instrument choices are: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, or trombone/baritone horn. If students want to learn drums, they must complete one year on bells or on any of the above four choices instruments and then switch in seventh grade. Other instruments such as French horn and oboe are possible if the student is currently playing said instrument for at least one year.
 
Students learn to read music through the use of scales, arpeggios, and rhythm exercises with emphasis placed on using classical, jazz, and popular styles of music. Students experience what it’s like to work together toward a common goal through performance. The band performs in the Winter Assembly, May Faire and an end of the year concert. There may also be other performance opportunities during the year.


Advanced Band, Grades 7 and 8

Beginning Band, Grade 6


Woodworking

In 2011/2012, woodworking classes were introduced to fifth and sixth grade. The following year, the program expanded to include all of middle school, fifth through eighth grade. Woodwork complements the existing handwork program by developing the will. Students exercising patience and care are able to transform raw materials into something beautiful and useful. Woodworking causes a dawning reverence for the natural world.

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade


Middle School Math

Our school has a dedicated math subject teacher for the 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes. These classes are provided four days per week in 6th grade and five days per week in 7th and 8th grade. The math curriculum presented in these classes is described in the Middle School curriculum.


Gardening

From owning land and maintaining a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm to its current use, the gardening program at Davis Waldorf School has changed considerably over the years. The garden space now includes eight raised beds, picnic tables, a hen house, a compost heap, and a wood-fired pizza oven, which was built by the graduating class of 2015/2016 when they were in third grade. Historically, our garden area has been maintained by third grade parents with gardening classes run by parent volunteers in support of the third grade farming curriculum. The school has long desired a gardening and land stewardship program for the entire school. With the help of a five-year private grant, the school was able to hire a part-time teacher to develop and support the gardening program in 2014. At this time, all students in Early Childhood through 8th grade are served by a dedicated Gardening teacher, with most classes receiving lessons once per week.

Preschool and Kindergarten

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

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