In the Classroom 2/5/2017

Da Vinci Waldorf Service Learning

As our pilot program for service learning continues, students are engaging in some wonderful community activities.

As part of our service learning curriculum, the seventh and eighth grade class is developing a relationship with the residents of Liberty Arms Independent Living Center in Wauconda. Last week they played bingo, learning many new versions from the residents. Much fun was had by all. This week it was their turn to teach. In groups of three, the students worked to help the seniors create window stars to make the most use of precious winter sunlight.

Early Childhood

A week ago these children could find any puddle or muddy area on the playground, now they are finding any patch of ice. Time to work hard at chipping and chopping for ice crystals! Determined work!

1st Grade: Handwork

Six more weeks of winter—no matter! The first grade students are knitting warm wool scarves!

1st & 2nd Grades: Winter Hike

First and second grade families and friends met on the trails of Lakewood Forest Preserve for a winter hike and a sip of cocoa.

2nd Grade: Reading, Painting & Math

The second graders enjoyed taking turns reading together this week. What fun they had sharing the story!

In our painting lesson, we recalled a Native American legend. As Silver Fox and Coyote created the world and all its living things, they found harmony and chaos, strength and weakness, until at last balance was achieved. So, too, did the children find this experience as we played with color on the page.

First and second grades have now combined for Morning Lesson, and in our math block together we are learning how the four processes relate to and oppose each other.

2nd Grade: Handwork

There is a pride of lions in the second grade!

3rd Grade: Handwork

The third graders have completed their beautifully-crocheted flute cases!

3rd Grade: Grammar

A grammar lesson via the story about a princess receiving one grain of rice as a reward.

4th Grade: Extra Lesson

Fourth grade Extra Lesson class explored fractions using line painting. First the top and bottom halves are painted, then the center is found as the secondary color.

4th Grade: Pizza

The fourth grade made pizza in celebration of all of the work they’ve done with fractions this year. They measured, shredded, stirred, and worked very hard. They all agreed it was a fun lesson, and enjoyed eating the fruits of their labor!

5th & 6th Grades: Class Play

The fifth and sixth grades have been working hard on their upcoming class play—a retelling of the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone.

Join us this Friday at 7pm!

7th & 8th Grades: Geometry

To conclude their work with geometry, the seventh and eighth grade class constructed an elaborate dodecahedron over the course of two days. The students were then given a third day to reconstruct the form—from start to finish—on their own.