6th, 7th & 8th Grades – In the Classroom

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Class Trip to Mackinac Island Saturday, May 18, 2019

Our middle schoolers were off on an adventure all last week exploring the upper peninsula of Michigan. They kayaked, star gazed at the Headlands International Sky Park, took a ferry to Mackinac Island and biked 8.2 miles around the island, spent some time on the beach and dunes, played games, and enjoyed the fudge capital of the world!

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Creative Writing Thursday, April 11, 2019

The 6th, 7th & 8th graders are currently in a creative writing block. The students have been given writing assignments daily that have centered on observation, descriptions and poetic devices. One of the assignments was to create a written picture of what they value and how that has been alive in their past and how it continues to be a part of their lives now. They also discussed what they hope for the future. It was an interesting assignment and the photo is one student’s take on it.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Physics & Constitution Friday, March 22, 2019

6th grade physics—the class experimented with light and color this week.
The 7th & 8th grade has been busy preparing for the constitution test. They passed with flying colors!

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Volcanoes & the Cival War Friday, March 22, 2019

The 6th, 7th & 8th Grades continued their work last week in their respective blocks. 6th grade learned a great deal about volcanoes and igneous rock and 7th and 8th graes turned their gaze to the civil war, starting with a biography of Abraham Lincoln.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Geology & the French Revolution Monday, March 11, 2019

6th grade in the midst of a Geology block.

7/8 is currently studying for the Constitution test along with learning about revolutions around the world.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Physiology Thursday, February 14, 2019

The 6h, 7th & 8th graders have been studying physiology and different systems of the body including digestion and reproduction. Through their discussions and lessons, they are gaining an insight into the mechanical and chemical workings of the body and how each system relates to others.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Candlemas Thursday, February 14, 2019

This week our school celebrated Candlemas and classes made homemade candles from melted beeswax. Our middle school discussed how, despite these recent cold days, the world will soon start to wake from its winter sleep. As Candlemas marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, we reviewed our work in astronomy and the Earth’s rotation around the sun. Even in these days of wet snow and bitter chill, we can find the light as we know spring will soon be upon us.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Simple Machines & Physics Sunday, January 13, 2019

The 6th, 7th & 8th graders put some of their knowledge about simple machines to the test before Christmas break! They built balloon powered cars from classroom supplies – and they worked!

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Adler Planetarium Sunday, December 9, 2018

The 6th, 7th & 8th graders visited Adler Planetarium on Friday, December 7th as part of their Astronomy block.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Physics Sunday, December 9, 2018

The class has been experimenting with the many different forces and ideas that help us understand mechanics. This week, one of their experiments focused on kinetic energy and momentum. They excitedly built ramps out of classroom materials to demonstrate the energy and momentum of a moving marble.

6th Grade – Snow Play Saturday, December 1, 2018

The sixth graders thoroughly enjoyed the first significant snowfall of the season and make quick work of building our first snowman of the year!


6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Snow Bust Saturday, December 1, 2018
Some students from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades spent their lunch recess creating a snow bust of Bob Ross.
6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Ancient Asian Geography Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sixth, seventh and eighth grades finished up their block on ancient Asian geography this week! Students enjoyed learning about different arts and practices from ancient times and each completed a project on a topic of their choice. They also experimented with painting a Japanese landscape.

4th-8th Grades – Light in the Darkness Saturday, November 10, 2018

This week grades students celebrated Deepavali, or Diwali, the joyful Hindu festival of light. It was a beautiful reminder that other traditions and cultures have much to teach us and share with us. The 4th-8th grade students took Wednesday to create intricate rangoli outside our main entrance. Rangoli are a traditional part of this celebration and are usually created using rice powder, turmeric and kumkum powders. After practicing the forms we were going to create, we used chalk to draw these beautiful freehand geometric designs. At Thursday’s all-school assembly, however, we were treated to a beautiful rangoli created by parent and early childhood assistant Sweta Jaganath. This example was made using the traditional method and materials. She surrounded the colorful design with many candles, representing the diyas, or lamps, used in India. During assembly we also heard the story of Rama and the demon king Ravana. This important story forms the heart of the Ramayana, India’s cultural treasure of an epic poem. It also forms the heart of Diwali, for when Rama destroys Ravana—and good prevails over evil—Rama returns home to find a joyous welcome created by thousands of lit diyas and many decorations to celebrate his return. Students finished the morning by working together to craft their Martinmas lanterns for Friday’s lantern walk. These overlapping festivals, both celebrating our own light in the darkness, prepared us well for the beauty of the season ahead.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Geography of Ancient Asia & Geometry Friday, November 2, 2018

The 6th, 7th & 8th graders began a new block this week! We have now turned our gaze to ancient Asia and the geography of the land and people. It is a very interesting block, especially as we can see similarities and differences in its historical story to that of other civilizations that we have studied. We have also embarked on a challenging geometric drawing and the beginning stages of it are shown here. It takes a great deal of detail and precision to keep it all together!

1st & 6th Grades – Board Games Friday, November 2, 2018
The first graders played board games with the sixth graders this week. The sixth grade boys schooled the first graders in good sportsmanship.
6th Grade – Handwork Monday, October 29, 2018

The sixth graders have worked two classes each week since school started to create their own wet felted wool slippers. They finished them up last week and are enjoying warm and cozy feet this weekend, not to mention a satisfying sense of accomplishment on a job well done!

6th Grade – Constructive Destruction Saturday, October 20, 2018

During Farm & Garden this week, the 6th graders put their energy into tearing down our old compost area in order to make room for the new 3-tier compost system that we will soon build. They had a lot of fun with this project!

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Mandarin Friday, October 19, 2018

The 6th, 7th & 8th grades wrote their own story in Mandarin Chinese, practiced reading it, and then played a game with sentence strips, putting the parts of their story in order.

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!

6th Grade – Field Trip to Old World Wisconsin Saturday, October 13, 2018

The 6th grade ventured to Old World Wisconsin on Friday to take part in a history quest. It was an exciting experience in which they had to explore a village from the 1800s and find information about a historical person. They had a great time and learned about how historians research. They also played games from the 1800s and enjoyed their time on the beautiful grounds.

6th Grade – Wet Wool Felting Handwork Saturday, October 13, 2018

The 6th Graders are hard at work making their own slippers using a wet wool felting process.

6th Grade – Geometry Saturday, October 6, 2018

The sixth graders are learning about geometry.

7th & 8th Grades – Renaissance Saturday, October 6, 2018

The seventh and eighth graders are learning about the Renaissance.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Astronomy Saturday, September 22, 2018

The 6th, 7th & 8th graders finished up their block on astronomy this week. They covered a lot of ground in just three weeks and are amazed at how much there is to our universe. They studied the sun, the moon and its phases, as well as the famous astronomers who changed the way we look at the world—Ptolomy to Kepler and Galileo.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Harvest Time Saturday, September 22, 2018

Harvest time for our 6th, 7th and 8th graders in our Farm & Garden program.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Folk Dancing Friday Friday, September 14, 2018

Grades 6, 7 and 8 enjoying folk dancing with the teaching duo Jutta Distler and Terran Doehrer (Jutta & the Hi-Dukes).


6th Grade – Handwork Thursday, September 13, 2018

The sixth graders have been preparing for their first handwork project of the year—wet felted slippers.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Astronomy Saturday, September 8, 2018

The 6th, 7th & 8th grades started their first block of the year in astronomy! They discussed many things including the earth’s rotation and why we have day and night, the seasons, and much more. One of the most powerful aspects of astronomy is that so much of it is based on observation and imagination. Constellations like the zodiac connect us to the heavens above as well as humanity’s past and the stories of how they came to be still speak to us today.

1st Grade + 6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Get Well Cards Saturday, September 8, 2018

The first grade class teamed up this week with the 6th, 7th & 8th grades class to make get well cards for Mrs. Moretti. The first graders drew the pictures and the older students wrote the words to go with them.

6th Grade – Geometry Saturday, September 8, 2018

The 6th grade began a sub block in geometry this week. They began by measuring circles within circles and tried to make them as even as possible.