The art and science of imagination

Kindergarten Graduations 2016

Thursday, June 2nd was Kindergarten Graduation in our Sunflower Garden and Apple Blossom Garden Classes. Congratulations to our seven “Mighty Oaks” who have crossed the bridge and left our early childhood program and will be welcomed into first grade at our Rose Ceremony i

Eleanor of Aquitaine, by Iris

Eleanor of Aquitaine, by Iris During today’s ceremony, our graduating 8th Graders each treated us to a special project they worked on just for this occasion.  Please enjoy Iris’s clay sculpture of Eleanor of Aquitaine and the accompanying history of this strong woman of the Midd

Our Class Trip, by Sadie

Our Class Trip, by Sadie During today’s ceremony, our graduating 8th Graders each treated us to a special project they worked on just for this occasion.  Please enjoy Sadie’s story of the 6th, 7th and 8th Grades recent class trip (and the beautiful artwork she created to a

6th & 7th Grades—Hand-Sewn Elephants

6th & 7th Grades—Hand-Sewn Elephants When students reach the sixth and seventh grades, they are ready for a real challenge. During the second half of this year they were challenged in Handwork class to create an accurate paper pattern from their drawing of an animal, and then to a

In the Classroom—May 30, 2016

Old Stomping Grounds Last week the 1st, 2nd & 3rd graders went for a “hike” to their old stomping grounds from kindergarten. Newer students heard the stories from those who had build forts and hideouts in these woods. A good time was had by all!   3rd Grade Crocheted Hats The

8th Grade Machine Sewing

The girls have worked hard to complete the dresses they will wear for graduation. The project began with a pattern and fabric selection field trip to Vogue Fabrics in Chicago. Steps along the way included sizing, measuring, cutting the pieces, assembly, lining, fitting, sewing it all

Michael Hedley Burton at DVWS

Storyteller, author, and playwright Michael Hedley Burton visited our school this past week and treated the children and faculty alike to his storytelling. Originally from New Zealand, he now makes his home in Sydney, Australia. Students from Early Childhood through eighth grade were

6th, 7th & 8th Grades—Class Trip to Ohiopyle State Park

The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders went on their class trip to Ohiopyle State Park in Pennsylvania last week. Class trips in Waldorf Schools are curricular in nature and begin in the 3rd grade, once the children are approaching the 9-year change. In the 3rd grade the class takes their firs

5th Grade Pentathlon

The study of ancient civilizations in 5th grade culminates in ancient Greece. As part of this study, the students learn discus throwing, javelin throwing, long jump, Greek wrestling, and relay foot racing in their movement education classes. They then join other 5th grade classes from

3rd Grade Farm Trip

Last week the third grade traveled to Angelic Organics in Caledonia, IL for a three day camping adventure. We tended plants and animals on the farm and learned about sustainable, organic farming practices. This trip is paramount to the third grade curriculum as it dives into the study