We came together as a community on Thursday to watch the grade school children as they presented bits and pieces of all they are learning in school. The first and second graders presented a poem on the treasures of the sea, while demonstrating their eurythmy skills. The third graders
1st, 2nd & 3rd Grades: Maple Tree Tapping, Sap Boiling & Syrup Making! Grades 1, 2 and 3 has a wonderful time last Friday learning about the tapping of maple trees and the process of making maple syrup at the Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. They were able to watch t
1st & 2nd Grade Play: “Mother Earth and Father Sun” The first and second grade play “Mother Earth and Father Sun” was well-received last Friday. The students did their very best dramatic presentation of this story of the seasons, complete with fairies, grea
2nd Grade: Form Drawing A precursor to cursive writing. Practicing forms in many different ways helps create a feeling for the form. The children walked it in the room, drew it on the board, traced it with their fingers, and shaped it with stones. Then they tried writing.
1st and 2nd Grades—Watercolor Painting All grades in Waldorf schools paint with “wet on wet” watercolor. In the early grades it begins as an experience of color. Painting in this way enhances the feeling life, along with other attributes, such as spatial orientation and pa
Winter Grades Assembly Thank you to all the parents who attended, and especially to the students who shared their work, talents, and energies with us at the Winter Grades Assembly last week. It was a delight to see the students share their drama, songs, movements, and verses. The 4th
Please join the grade school children and faculty for presentations from each grade school class, and stay for social time afterward. Though entertaining, the purpose of the assembly is to give you a glimpse into the unique ways students learn in Waldorf classrooms. It also serves to
We had our annual Christmas pageant on Friday, and it was such a beautiful, reverent, and special experience. Throughout the seasons there are festivals of many kinds that are traditionally taken up in Waldorf schools. During this darkest time of year people of all faiths ceremoniousl
Our Advent Garden, a special experience for preschool through third grade, was held Monday, December 14th. Advent, a time of waiting and becoming, is perhaps the favorite and most precious time of year for children. There is much warmth, anticipation, and loving preparation for the ho
We celebrated Santa Lucia this past Friday. The oldest girl at Da Vinci Waldorf School led the procession, her head adorned with lit candles in remembrance of Santa Lucia. Santa Lucia was an Italian saint from the island of Sicily. She is the complement to St. Nicholas during this tim
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