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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

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

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