The art and science of imagination

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

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,

6th/7th/8th Grades’ Play: “The Velveteen Rabbit”

Class plays in the Waldorf school serve many purposes. Through our annual class plays, beginning in first grade, we build many skills. In the lower grades we recite our plays mostly in unison and through a deep sense of meter. This process of learning is proven to create myelin—a nece

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!  

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!