2nd & 3rd Grades – In the Classroom

Photos: Weekly Pantry Walk – Grades Service Learning Sunday, October 14, 2018

Our grade school students went on their second Pantry Walk of the year on Friday. It was a smaller group than usual this week because 2nd, 3rd, and 6th grades were away enjoying a field trip. Each week until Thanksgiving break they will take our community donations to the Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry. Thank you for your donations so far! Please keep donating as you are able. Our next Pantry Walk is this Friday, October 19th.

Waldorf education echoes the essence of Michaelmas. Each and every one of us has gifts to bring to the world. Michaelmas is a reminder of the process of becoming as we strive toward our full potential. For children, Michaelmas and themes of courage are manifested in activities of the will, so in the spirit of Michaelmas during this season, we give them opportunities for deeds that engage their wills and help them to think outside of themselves to others.

Our Walk was accompanied this week by Beth Bejnarowicz, mom of a DVWS alumnus. Many thanks to her for the great photos of the day!

2nd & 3rd Grades – Stories, Hebrew Script & Math Saturday, October 13, 2018
Fables and trickster stories pair with place value math lessons in the current second grade block of study.
Third graders are exploring the country life as experienced by Walter King with stories about his crops, his father’s farm machinery, and farm animals. Tom the horse often offers a funny and interesting view of rural life.
For the time being Hebrew stories are having a rest but not before some attempts at Hebrew script were tried.
In math, students are getting versed in triple digit multiplication.

2nd & 3rd Grades – Field Trip to Old World Wiscsonsin Saturday, October 13, 2018
Second and third grades traveled to Old World Wisconsin to experience the life of a Norwegian immigrant family that settled in Wisconsin in 1820.
The students visited Bob and Leo the sheep.
A carding wool lesson was given along with a demonstration on a spinning wheel.
Students explored the actual homestead of the family and learned about the work involved in setting up a farm and home.
The original One-Room School House was a fun and interesting experience.

2nd & 3rd Grades – Taming Dragons Saturday, October 6, 2018

The class tamed their dragons with the painting of St. George.

2nd & 3rd Grades – Saturday, October 6, 2018

2nd and 3rd graders cleared a garden row to plant spring wheat. In the spring it will be harvested, dried, and then we will grind the grain.

2nd & 3rd Grades – Sukkot Friday, September 28, 2018
Third grade worked as carpenters with our special guest Chris Kies to build a Sukkot for the harvest feast. The Sukkot Feast celebrates all God provided to the Israelites during their forty years of wandering through the desert.
Second graders were willing and able to decorate the Sukkot.

3rd Grade – Moses & the Burning Bush Friday, September 28, 2018
Third grade continued with the story of Moses and his encounter with God as a burning bush.

2nd & 3rd Grades – Saints & Heroes Friday, September 28, 2018
Second and third grades finished a block in saints and heroes with the story of St. Werburga whose healing hands saved a goose, and saved the nuns’ corn.
2nd Grade – The Eel and Crane Friday, September 28, 2018
The second block of study for the second grade year began with fables illustrating the trickery and cunning of animal characters. In this story Eel and Crane get into a fix, and rather than relent, they each argue until they could no longer.
2nd & 3rd Grades – Deganawida Saturday, September 22, 2018

Students hand modeled canoes from the story Deganawida. In this legend the hero Deganawida paddles a stone canoe from tribe to tribe along the shores of the Great Lakes delivering a message of peace. In painting students further explored the Deganawida story.




3rd Grade – Rosh Hashanah Thursday, September 13, 2018

Third grade celebrated the Hebrew holy day of Rosh Hashanah with the telling of the Old Testament story Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac. This is a time of renewal toward obedience of authority, and one of joy for our blessings.

2nd & 3rd Grades – Saints & Heroes Thursday, September 13, 2018

Second grade began the year with stories of saints and heroes. This exploration guides students this age toward a reverence for the highest acts of humanity.

2nd & 3rd Grades – Mandarin Greetings Thursday, September 13, 2018

Second and third graders practiced speaking greetings in Mandarin this week. Their memory from last year proved strong.