The art and science of imagination

Michael Hedley Burton at DVWS

Storyteller, author, and playwright Michael Hedley Burton visited our school this past week and treated the children and faculty alike to his storytelling. Originally from New Zealand, he now makes his home in Sydney, Australia. Students from Early Childhood through eighth grade were

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

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

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

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

4th & 5th Grades: FIELD Trip!

Our fourth and fifth grade class enjoyed a visit to the Field Museum in Chicago on Monday, February 29th. Relaxing on a dinosaur’s thigh bone!  

The bees have arrived!

The 4th/5th grade class (left) and 6th/7th/8th grade class (right) tending the bees. They opened up the hive to find out if the queen was released from her traveling cage.

Annual Music Recitals—Thursday, March 3rd

All are invited to the student music recitals on Thursday, March 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. at the Wauconda Area Library! Come one, come all to the Wauconda Area Library and hear the beautiful music presented by the students in 4th through 8th grades. From the 4th grade on, our orchestra stude

Building Brooding Boxes for the Bees

Upper Grades Farm & Garden Class—Building Brooding Boxes for the Bees The 4th and 5th grade class and the 6th, 7th and 8th grade class have been building brood boxes for the bees. Next week we will continue doing this in Farm & Garden class until we have built the full beehive

Handwork Happenings

Handwork Happenings Left: The 4th grade student is doing cross stitch embroidery. The final result will be a hand-sewn pencil case. Right: The 6th, 7th and 8th graders are hand-sewing cloth elephants, using patterns of their own making, based on drawings they made earlier this year.