The art and science of imagination

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

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

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

May Faire—Reawaken, Reconnect & Rejoice!

On May 14th we joyously celebrated the return of the sun to our Northern climate with a public festival full of dancing, nature-inspired crafts, games, and live music at our annual May Faire! Da Vinci Waldorf School celebrates many festivals throughout the year, each full of meaning a

Two eyes are better than one!

Our 8th graders are studying the eye and vision. In this experiment they learned that depth perception is improved significantly with binocular vision.

Early Childhood Wonder

What a JOY it is to provide the space for children to truly free-play and explore their natural world! Watch the video—I dare you not to smile!  

4th & 5th Grades—North American Geography

Our 4th and 5th graders recently completed in-depth state reports as part of their North American Geography block. Much more than a simple report, this was a multi-layered learning experience that included the use of research to write a paper, learning how to grid and draw maps, use o

Inside the Classroom 5/1

Be a fly on the wall through these captured moments inside a Waldorf classroom. 7th Grade Poetry, “The Poachers’ Victims” In the past man feared what was once called a predator. Now predator fears prey. Pink is a despicable color, White is what makes them rich. 12,00

4th & 5th Grades present “The Epic of Gilgamesh”

This year’s 4th and 5th grade play is based on an ancient Mesopotamian poem, widely regarded as being the first story ever written down. It is a story about a man who was born of Shamash, the Sun God, and the beautiful princess of the cruel king of Uruk. After this king attempts