The Core Elements
A Rounded Curriculum
A child’s work in the classroom is the foundation of their schooling but there are many other activities and lessons which are essential to any child’s education.
Rhythm and Balance in Education
Twice per year, the school sponsors a special event, Darpan, a large assembly for the parents where each class gives a presentation from their school studies. This very popular event highlights the rich diversity of the curriculum and creates an opportunity where the children can really shine as they show off their skills and talents for the whole parent body and friends. Presentations range from songs and verses to short plays and eurythmy to activities from math and science classes. The enthusiasm of the children and their determined efforts are fully on display to the delight of all and for many, Darpan is one of the highlights of the school year.
The P.T. periods are a time of out breath when children are happy to romp and play a wide range of games and even practice some Yoga. These opportunities to stretch and work out are a welcome relief from sitting at a desk writing and reading and are refreshing, energizing, and enlivening to both mind and body.
Fifth Graders have a unique opportunity to participate in a special event which is connected to their study of ancient Greece. The Fifth Graders from the Waldorf schools in India come together in a day of athletics and pageantry which recreates the mood and events of the original Olympic Games. These games are significantly different from the imbalanced competition of the modern games for the virtues of beauty, style and grace are given proper emphasis and it is not just the winner who receives the greatest honors. Throughout the course of the year, the children practice and train to develop and refine their skills and at the grand event every child is honored for their striving and their effort. The rich imaginations of the history lessons, the determined efforts and work over many weeks come together in a most memorable and uplifting experience for the children.
Students have regular opportunities to make use of our school library which is well equipped with books for all ages. Students learn basic library skills, accessing library resources for research and pleasure, and how to make practical use of the material available to them.
The sciences are a part of every child’s education and the proper use of laboratory equipment and materials is essential. Through phenomenological methods, children learn the “hard” sciences of physics and chemistry as well as learning the care and use of materials in our well equipped laboratory.
Homework Assignments and Projects.
Younger students are not given academic homework but are encouraged to spend quality time with their families and engage themselves in meaningful work to help maintain household rhythms. The children have worked long and hard throughout the day at school and burdening them with academic work when they are the most tired is unhealthy. Generally a single, simple worksheet is given at the end of each week to help maintain something of the learning rhythm of the week over the weekend.
As students grow and mature, they begin to take on greater responsibility and the assigning of homework in various subjects increases. It is important that they have developed the emotional maturity and sense of responsibility to properly complete their assignments with care and effort. During adolescence it is important that children have adequate time to develop literary skills, pursue personal interests, and have adequate opportunities to engage their growing bodies in meaningful ways through sports and games. We strive to find a balance between the demands and responsibilities we must take on and the needs of growing bodies and minds.
In addition to homework, older students are assigned special projects on topics of their choice. These projects help students to expand and widen their horizons, explore more personal interests in greater depth, and provide opportunities to surpass set standards.