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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 Libert

In the Classroom 1/20/2017

EC: Finger Knitting Our “Mighty Oaks” in the early childhood program working on finger knitting. Making treasures! EC: Beeswax Modeling Little hands in the early childhood program making beeswax stars and snowflakes for King Winter! 1st Grade: Color Study Color stories abo

In the Classroom 1/13/2017

Snow Mountain Apple Blossom Garden enjoyed snow mountain and the snowy path adjacent to our school before break. Father Winter’s and Brother Wind’s chill in the air did not stop the mountain goats and penguins in our class from enjoying outdoor play! 1st & 2nd Grades F

Santa Lucia 12/13/2016

Our Santa Lucia celebration was Tuesday, December 13th. As is our tradition, the oldest girl at Da Vinci Waldorf School led the procession. Santa Lucia was an Italian saint from the island of Sicily. She is the complement to St. Nicholas during this time of Advent, representing Divine

In the Classroom 12/9/2016

First Snow Students enjoyed playing in our very first snow of the year! Early childhood students built a snowman (and one of them was caught sampling the snowman’s nose!) Grades children enjoyed a massive snowball fight. Waldorf children enjoy outdoor play in all seasons, and lo

In the Classroom 11/11/2016

Recess Fun A spontaneous mixed-age game of jumping from stump to stump around the fire ring during recess! Wonder Garden Wonder Garden children finishing up their lanterns for the upcoming lantern walk. Apple Blossom Garden Shown here, the little ones are finger knitting the string ha

5th & 6th Grades: Starved Rock State Park

5th & 6th Grades: Starved Rock State Park The fifth and sixth graders enjoyed a trip to Starved Rock State Park near Oglesby, Illinois this week, enriching their study of geology with real-world exploration. They enjoyed hiking French Canyon and Tonty Canyon (especially the waterf

In the Classroom 10/21/2016

Hike Day Hike Day in Sunflower Garden. Wonder Garden Glimpses Miss Kelly providing a bit of TLC to start the day—soul food! 1st & 2nd Grades: Extra Lesson Extra Lesson brings “Wool Winding” to first and second graders. This exercise develops both a sense of left and ri

Graduation 2016

Graduation 2016 Friday, June 3rd, we gathered together to say goodbye and good luck to Grace, Sadie, and Iris.  The day was beautiful—warm and sunny—setting just the right mood for our celebration. Mrs. Julian, Mrs. Dudeck, Mrs. English and Mrs. Paulsen spoke from the heart, recountin

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