Elementary School (1-5)

As learning unfolds, early academics are tailored to age-appropriate benchmarks.In Grades 1-5, lessons balance cognitive and emotional intelligence with physical activity, Each subject integrates academic work with fine and practical arts. The elementary years at Westside Waldorf are rooted in the ideal to honor and preserve the needs of childhood. Our rich curriculum allows students to emerge into the subjects, build strong relationships with their classmates and teachers, and most importantly, connect to themselves and to the world around them.

Our students can focus at a desk when they need to because they don’t sit at a desk all day. Movement, art, and music are integrated into all the academic subjects - allowing students to learn the best way they know how, by doing. Outdoor education starts early and includes class trips that support the curriculum. We recognize the power of the human spirit and acknowledge the uniqueness of every single child.

The class teacher walks a path of discovery with the children and guides them into an understanding of the world of meaning, rather than the world of cause and effect.

— Colin Price

Typical Day at Westside Waldorf

8:15-10:00 am: Main Lesson

Deep study of an academic subject such as Math, Language Arts, Botany, Zoology, History, and Geography. The lesson comes alive through artistic, descriptive, and dramatic presentations, in 3- to 4-week blocks. Each student creates their own handwritten and illustrated Main Lesson book.

10:05-10:50 am: Morning Recess & Snack

10:55-11:35 am: Spanish or Mandarin

11:40 am-12:20 pm: Music or Math

12:25 pm – 1:10 pm: Lunch & Recess

1:15-1:55 pm: Movement/Handwork/Woodwork/Strings

2:00-2:30/2:40 pm: Games/Gardening/Stewardship*

2:45-3:00 pm:Stewardship**

 

*Grades 1-2 day ends at 2:30 pm

**Grades 3-5 day ends at 3:00 pm

Daily schedule varies per grade 1-5

Archangel Michael is a symbol of good triumphing over evil, courage over cowardice. Michaelmas is celebrated as our first festival of the school year. We all face difficulties in life, both internal and external, and somehow we must find the courage and strength to prevail. Chalk drawing by Ms. Lynn Newton

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