The art and science of imagination

Grades 1-8

Waldorf education at Da Vinci Waldorf School provides a challenging classical curriculum for the grade school child. It encompasses a variety of subjects and activities that support the different stages of child development. Our program integrates fine arts, practical arts, music, farming, and movement with academic subjects including science, literature,  mathematics, history, and foreign languages.   Subjects are  taught in main lesson blocks of two to three hours per day, with each block lasting from three to five weeks.  This concentrated time allows children to deeply experience and truly learn the material rather than merely memorizing facts. 

  • Da Vinci Waldorf First Grade

    First grade is the beginning of formal schooling marked by children’s new interest in learning, inspired by the awakening capacities of memory and thinking. Students establish good habits of classroom life and work that will form the basis for all subsequent learning at school. The students and teacher build the foundation for an ever-deepening relationship while forming a socially cohesive group during this special year of “beginnings.”

    Language Arts: Capital letters; oral recitation; introduction to reading; drama

    Literature: Folk and fairy tales

    Mathematics: Number concept; the four operations (+, -, x, ÷); number patterns

    Science: Nature studies; environmental observation through gardening and cooking

    Form Drawing: Straight line and curve; linear forms

    Spanish and German: Songs, dances and games; poetry and stories

    Physical Education: Cooperative games

    Practical Arts: Knitting

    Visual Arts: Painting; drawing; beeswax modeling

    Music: Pentatonic flute; singing

  • Da Vinci Waldorf Second Grade

    This year, children continue to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of arithmetic and literacy, further developing a repertoire of skills that were initially introduced in Grade 1. Teachers continue to use movement, rhythm, and rhyme as  key instructional tools.

    Language Arts: Lowercase letters; parts of speech; reading; oral recitation; drama

    Literature: Fables; legends of saints and heroes

    Mathematics: The four operations continued; concrete computation; column addition and subtraction; multiplication facts

    Social Studies: Native American lore

    Science: Nature studies and the environment through observation; gardening; cooking

    Form Drawing: Linear forms

    Spanish and German: Songs, dances and games; poetry and stories; alphabet and numbers

    Physical Education: Cooperative games; large muscle activity; jump rope; circle games

    Practical Arts: Knitting and purling; crocheting

    Visual Arts: Painting; drawing; beeswax modeling

    Music: Pentatonic flute; singing

  • Da Vinci Waldorf Third Grade

    Noticeable physiological, psychological and cognitive changes take place in the child this year. The nine/ten year change represents a very significant step in self-awareness. Children realize they are separate from their surroundings and meet the world as individuals, often resulting in increased questions, self-doubt and wonder. The curriculum is intended to foster inner security and teach respect for the earth, while helping children to develop a new relationship with their surroundings.

    Language Arts: Cursive writing; parts of speech; grammar and punctuation; reading; spelling; oral recitation; drama

    Literature: Old Testament stories

    Mathematics: Four operations continued; carrying and borrowing; multiplication tables; time, money, and measurement; computation and problem solving

    Science: Farming and gardening; cycles of the year

    Studies: Food, shelter, and clothing of different cultures and the social implications

    Form Drawing: Vertical symmetry

    Spanish and German: Songs, dances and games; poetry; stories; color and action words

    Physical Education: Circle games; line games; work games; eurythmy

    Handwork: Crocheting and knitting

    Visual Arts: Painting; drawing; beeswax modeling

    Music: Tonality in octave through recorder and singing

  • Da Vinci Waldorf School Fourth Grade

    The fourth grade student is eager to learn more about their world close to home. Through imaginatively presented lessons, the teacher meets the growing interest of the children in more concrete areas of knowledge and provides them with opportunities for more independence in their work. The curriculum helps the children form a sense of their relationship to their environment, in both a social and geographical sense.

    Language Arts: Grammar, punctuation and spelling; letter format; reading; oral recitation; poetry; drama

    Literature: Norse mythology

    Mathematics: Fractions; long division; computation and problem solving

    Science: Zoology; animals in relation to man

    Social Studies: Local geography and history; mapping

    Form Drawing: Braided forms

    Spanish and German: Songs, dances, and games; poetry and stories; days, months, and seasons; telling time

    Physical Education: Cooperative games; team skills; eurythmy

    Practical Arts: Cross stitch

    Visual Arts: Painting; drawing; geometric drawing; clay sculpture

    Music: Recorder; singing (rounds); music notation; instrumental music

  • Da Vinci Waldorf School Fifth Grade

    A fifth grade student attains a certain ease and grace of physical movement intrinsic to their age. An awareness of self strengthens. The celebration of their unique abilities at this time culminates in their participation in the spring in the Greek Pentathlon, an Olympiad event with other regional Waldorf schools. Cognitively, children approach things in a more realistic and reasoning manner as emergent intellectual faculties are ready to be used more consciously.

    Language Arts: Grammar and composition; spelling; reading; report writing; drama

    Literature and History: Ancient civilizations (Indian, Persian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek)

    Mathematics: Decimals; mixed numbers; computation and problem solving; ratios and percents

    Science: Botany and zoology

    Social Studies: North American geography and history

    Form Drawing: Free hand geometric drawing

    Spanish and German: Spanish/German geography; foods; subject pronouns; verb conjugation

    Classics: Egyptian & Greek language & culture

    Physical Education: Greek Olympic Events; eurythmy

    Practical Arts: Four needle knitting

    Visual Arts: Painting; drawing; clay sculpture

    Music: Recorder; singing (rounds); music notation; major and minor scales; Greek music; orchestra

  • Da Vinci Waldorf School Sixth Grade

    Sixth grade is the gateway to pre-adolescence and idealism. The curriculum serves to ground the students, to inspire them to venture out toward the unknown, and to offer an introduction to their quest in life. This year is both an ending and a beginning.

    Language Arts: Grammar and composition; spelling; reading; report writing; drama

    Literature & History: Rome and the Middle Ages

    Mathematics: Business math, computation and problem solving; geometric drawing

    Science: Botany; mineralogy and geology; physics

    Social Studies: Geography of North America

    Spanish and German: Conversational Spanish/German; grammar and vocabulary

    Classics: Latin and Roman Culture

    Physical Education: Team sports; archery; eurythmy

    Practical Arts: Fabric sculpture; hand sewing; woodworking

    Visual Arts:  Painting; drawing (black and white media); clay sculpture

    Music: Recorder; singing in multiple parts; minstrel and songs of Middle ages; orchestra

  • Da Vinci Waldorf School Seventh Grade

    Through the exploration of an unknown world, the seventh grade curriculum challenges the thought processes of the young adolescent, leading him/her to discovery, understanding and discernment. They learn, as the Explorers did, that going one’s own way means leaving behind the familiar territory of security and stability.

    Language Arts: Grammar and composition; creative writing; spelling; reading; report writing; note taking skills, researching; drama

    Literature and History: The Renaissance, Reformation, and the Age of Exploration

    Mathematics: Negative numbers; inequalities; pre-algebra skills; geometry; roots;  powers; formulas

    Science: Physics; chemistry; astronomy; physiology

    Social Studies: Geography of Africa and Europe; tides; map reading

    Spanish and German: Conversational Spanish/German; grammar and vocabulary

    Physical Education: Team sports; archery; tumbling; eurythmy

    Practical Arts: Sewing clothing; doll making; woodworking

    Visual Arts: Painting; perspective drawing; black and white drawing; clay sculpture

    Music: Recorder; singing; Renaissance music; Madrigals; orchestra

  • Da Vinci Waldorf School Eighth Grade

    A Waldorf eighth grade student experiences a gradual but significant shift from the presentation of a subject solely from the teacher to the class, to the mutual consideration of a subject by teacher and class together. A sense of community develops, in which speaking becomes more thoughtful, listening more attentive. The result is a greater sense of self. The students expand their sense of place in the world. More importantly, they leave with compelling questions that will continue to fuel their love of learning in the years ahead.

    Language Arts: Grammar and composition; creative writing; spelling; reading; report writing; note taking skills; researching; drama, literary forms; elements of style; Shakespeare

    Literature and History: American history; modern events; life and work of Shakespeare

    Mathematics: Pre-algebra skills; algebra; practical math; number bases; set theory

    Science: Physics; chemistry; physiology

    Social Studies: Geography of Asia; Australia; Antarctica

    Spanish and German: Conversational Spanish/German; literature; grammar and vocabulary

    Physical Education: Team sports and games; rhythmic exercise; eurythmy

    Practical Arts: Machine sewing; woodworking

    Visual Arts: Painting; drawing; clay sculpture; other media

    Music: Recorder; singing; American music; orchestra