The art and science of imagination

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

5th Grade Pentathlon

The study of ancient civilizations in 5th grade culminates in ancient Greece. As part of this study, the students learn discus throwing, javelin throwing, long jump, Greek wrestling, and relay foot racing in their movement education classes. They then join other 5th grade classes from

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

Minerology & Geology

6th and 7th graders studying and analyzing rocks from Illinois during their Mineralogy & Geology block.

Two eyes are better than one!

Our 8th graders are studying the eye and vision. In this experiment they learned that depth perception is improved significantly with binocular vision.

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

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

Inside the Classroom 5/1

Be a fly on the wall through these captured moments inside a Waldorf classroom. 7th Grade Poetry, “The Poachers’ Victims” In the past man feared what was once called a predator. Now predator fears prey. Pink is a despicable color, White is what makes them rich. 12,00

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