The art and science of imagination

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

Da Vinci Waldorf School Music Festival

DVWS Music Festival, May 1st, 2016 Video: Our 6th, 7th & 8th Graders Perform “Thuma Mina” As the teacher of music at Da Vinci Waldorf School, I am always intrigued to see what the work of our classes together will become. As I often say at class meetings, we are not so

Farm & Garden News

The chicks the third graders have so loving raised have now officially moved to their coop outside.  Ms. DuRocher’s 3rd grade class did a marvelous job getting them to this crucial point! All grades have done a wonderful job  planting seed (leeks, marigolds, peas, beans and more

Recap & Photos: Spring Grades Assembly

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

3rd Grade Introduction to Violins

The 3rd grade is off to a great start with their violin block! In Waldorf Schools, we first bring the music from our own body through the voice. As we move up into the grades, the musical experience moves further through our breath as we play our first instrument—the flute. From here,

3rd Grade Holi Celebration

Holi is a spring festival in India and Nepal, also known as the festival of colors. The third graders celebrated on Thursday, March 24th, using special, non-toxic paint to creatively paint themselves, as per tradition. Fun was had by all!  

3rd Grade Smoothie-and-Granola Fundraiser

This past Friday, the third grade held a Smoothie-and-Granola Fundraiser. The class is currently in a measurement block—with a focus on time, size, weight and amount. As both cooking and farming are also a major part of the third grade curriculum, the class decided to raise funds for

Spring Chicks!

This week the third graders welcomed six baby chicks to the world!  The children helped incubate them, and eagerly anticipated their arrival, while learning about their development every step of the way. Helping eggs to hatch and then taking care of the chicks as they grow touches on

3rd Grade Play: “The Child of the Nile”

Last week the third graders presented their play for this year—”The Child of the Nile,” by David Blair.  It’s the story of Moses from Hebrew Scriptures. During this year they have spent a great deal of time exploring Hebrew legends and learning about the Israelites a

1st, 2nd & 3rd Grades: Maple Tree Tapping, Sap Boiling & Syrup Making!

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