Grades Program

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Waldorf education is unique in the way that children are taught.  The class teacher brings learning alive through vivid stories and absorbing activities that cultivates each student’s curiosity, and engages them both intellectually and emotionally.  In this way, students form a genuine inner enthusiasm for learning.

The Basics

Our curriculum is based on a system that recognizes and meets the need for strong development of the intellect. Our faculty is committed to excellence in all basic academic skills. We provide a full introduction to the classics including languages arts, mathematics, foreign language, music, arts, and movement.

Each year, Nevada Sage Waldorf School will add a new grade – 2014-15 – 3rd grade, 2015-16 – 4th grade, 2016-17 – 5th grade, etc. – through 8th grade.  Each year the curriculum offering will expand to include subjects including history, geography and science.  The Waldorf curriculum chart gives an overview of the scope and sequence of the curriculum.

Curriculum Chart : Grades 1-8

Main Lesson

Each day begins with a two-hour period called the Main Lesson, devoted to studying a particular academic subject such as language arts and math.  Inspired most deeply through their feelings, grade school children respond powerfully to what is beautiful in the world—and this feeling for beauty is cultivated by the tools and approaches used in the Main Lesson work.  This lesson is taught in blocks, lasting three to four weeks, and is shaped and enlivened by the teacher through the arts of music, poetry, painting, form drawing, movement, and drama. This allows the whole child to become absorbed in the subject matter with head, heart and hands, and engages their faculties of thinking, feeling, and willing.  The intent of this approach is to actively connect the subject with the child’s feelings and maturing intellect, and in this way, what is learned will live in the child.

As part of the Main Lesson, each child creates a Morning Lesson Book throughout the year.  This includes observations, compositions, diagrams and drawings which illustrate their studies. These colorful, very individualized books reflect the progress of each student.

Subjects

A broad variety of specialty subjects are integrated into the academic curriculum within the weekly schedule.  Direct tactile experiences engage students and help them understand each lesson and concept.  This distinctive approach allows students to cultivate curiosity and critical thinking skills each day.  These subjects enrich the student’s experience and build academic skills that deepen comprehension:

  • Foreign Language (Spanish and German)
  • Handwork
  • Games/Movement
  • Instrumental Music – Interval and Pentatonic Flute
  • Singing
  • Drama
  • Watercolor painting
  • Beeswax and clay modeling
  • Gardening

Handwork is an integral part of the curriculum, developing dexterity, patience, perseverance, and imagination.  In the lower grades that includes knitting, crocheting, sewing, and needlework.

The Class Teacher

Waldorf schools strive to have the Class Teacher remain with their class from grade to grade, sometimes all the way from 1st through 8th Grade.  The Class Teacher focuses on core academic subjects, while specialty teachers offer additional subjects.  This continuity of class and teacher creates a learning community with a strong foundation, extraordinary continuity in curriculum, and a deep understanding of and appreciation for each child.  At the same time, parents and teachers develop a close relationship that supports the student’s learning process.

Future Grades Expansion

  • Third Grade – Fall 2014
  • Fourth Grade – Fall 2015
  • Fifth Grade – Fall 2016
  • Sixth Grade – Fall 2017
  • Seventh Grade – Fall 2018
  • Eighth Grade – Fall 2019

 


During the early grades, children learn best through tactile and imaginative experiences that help stir the emotions.

Waldorf education provides the children with a comprehensive foundation for a love of learning, academic excellence and creative exploration.