We transition children from Early Childhood to Elementary School with their love of self and learning intact. The focus of school in the early years of elementary is learning to learn and loving to learn — not testing.
Our Elementary school curriculum inspires the artistic, creative, and imaginative life of the child while providing a strong base for academic studies. We focus on engaging the whole child – head heart and hands – to add value and relevance to lessons, and this helps instill a deep interest in learning.
We also take great care to honor childhood with our younger students by offering shorter school days and encouraging regular outdoor recess, creative play, unstructured time and movement opportunities.
This multidisciplinary, age-appropriate learning environment, is intentionally created and imbued with reverence, so each child can flourish and become a well-rounded individual while developing his or her unique potential.
Studies show that people learn best when engaged, so we keep our older Elementary School children moving as they learn – ensuring that students don’t just memorize, but truly comprehend and process, what they learn during these formative educational years.
For example, at Spring Garden, science comes alive outdoors in gardening class. Ancient Greek history and language art lessons live on in Olympiad event training in gym class.
Students also stay engaged by interweaving arts into every main lesson subject. Waldorf Elementary School children take pride in creating their own textbooks for math, science, language and history lessons. Literature and history about the Old Testament, Norse mythology, and Greek culture comes to life through recitation, folk dance and plays performed during assembly and after school.