In the Classroom – Recent Glimpses


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6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Class Trip Friday, June 29, 2018

Many photos below.

Arriving at school at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, May 20th, we began by putting our spatial awareness skills to the test by fitting a week’s worth of belongings for 11 people into 2 cars (that we all had to fit into as well). It was 40 degrees and raining as we pulled out of the school’s gravel drive and headed toward the 90-degree sunshine of Kentucky. The five hour drive was a musical education for adults and students, alike! We arrived at our Airbnb in the St. Matthew’s District of Louisville in the early evening and settled right in, all taking turns participating in the cooking and cleaning.

So as not to let the students get out of practice, we started our week with a visit to the Waldorf School of Louisville. Arriving at the start of their school day, we sang with the 7th and 8th grade choir, got to know the 8th graders and share a bit about our Waldorf Journey, acted as audience for their rehearsal of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and received a custom woodworking lesson—all before lunch. We ended the day with a massive game of capture the flag in the woods adjoining the school. We then made our way to Mega Cavern, the world’s only underground zip line. With lighted helmets, gloves, and climbing harnesses on we tackled the Mega Quest. We were all gloriously sore the next day! Since no one felt up to cooking that night we took in some local barbecue and got schooled on how to speak like we were from Kentucky.

On Tuesday we donned some gloves and tools again and headed out with the Olmstead Park Conservancy to remove invasive Asian honeysuckle. This troublesome plant would be pointed out by the students along roadsides and throughout the national park for the rest of our journey. Having seen the distant skyscrapers we decided to explore downtown Louisville in search of lunch. We happened upon a restaurant called Toast which the students so enjoyed that they sent a thank you note to the restaurant upon our return. The Kentucky Science Center was or next stop. It was very gratifying to see the enthusiasm and inquisitiveness that poured out of the students as they explored the many activities and exhibits.

Wednesday we packed up and departed our Louisville home and headed toward the Ohio River and the Farnsley-Moreman house. A historic plantation with an active archaeological dig, this site offered many new experiences. On a private, guided tour we learned the history of not only the house but also the plantation way of life in this area. Additionally, we were invited to participate in the archaeological dig by carefully removing soil from precisely gridded locations and sifting through in search of artifacts from the people who had lived and died on this land. This not only included the families who had lived at the house but also the enslaved people who had worked there and the Native Americans who had come before them. We ended our time there by making our own artifact, a clay brick, in the same way that the thousands of bricks used throughout the plantation had been made more than a hundred years earlier.

When we arrived at Mammoth Cave National Park we discovered that we needed to be ferried across the river to get to our campsite. This was a pleasant surprise for most. Once across the river we made camp and rested up for our grand a adventure through Mammoth Cave to come the following morning. The caves were blissfully cool after the blazing heat of Kentucky. Our guides were humorous and extremely knowledgeable which made the four mile trek up and down inclines and through narrow passes an enjoyable if exhausting experience. Ice cream and one last trip to the gift shop completed our day. All that was left of our trip was the six hour drive home.

The St. Matthew’s District of Louisville

At the Waldorf School of Louisville

Removing Asian Honeysuckle, and invasive plant species, with the Olmstead Park Conservancy

Hanging out in downtown Louisville

Kentucky Science Center

The Farnsley-Moremen House

Making camp

Mammoth Cave National Park

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5th Grade – Pentathlon – Ancient Greek Olympic Event Thursday, May 24, 2018

In the fifth grade, Waldorf students learn that the original Greek Olympics were an expression of a golden age when the ideal of the human form, in physical beauty and inner grace, came together to create something heroic within the individual and bless all those fortunate enough to witness the event. As the stories brought by the class teacher take the children deeply into the imagination of this period in time, they begin to intellectually, physically and emotionally experience an entire culture. To this end, the fifth grade pentathlon emerges.

Annual Midwest Waldorf Greek Pentathlon Games, May 16-18, 2018

Last week, the fifth graders travel to Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland, Wisconsin to participate in this year’s pentathlon. The pentathlon is an incredible event, held each year for fifth grade Waldorf students from around the country. Each child is randomly placed (with children from other schools) into one of six Greek city-states (the teams of Athens, Ithica, Sparta, Corinth, Thebes, and Olympia.) The city-states then complete in five Ancient Greek Olympic events- javelin, discus, long jump, wrestling and foot racing. As they compete, the students strive with great intention to give form to the Greek idea of the hero (the union of the divine and human). On the second day of the three day trip, parents are invited to witness their child participate in the official events and join them for a special ceremony that honors their skills.

On the final day, laurels are awarded to select students to recognize their skills in truth and beauty. Like the ancient Greeks, the judges look for both who threw the farthest or ran the quickest (truth) and who performed the skills with the most grace in their form (beauty). Our school is proud to announce that three students received laurels this year!

Each child did an amazing job, made new friends, and enjoyed their trip!

Many thanks to Mrs. Faden and Miss DuRocher for coaching and accompanying the students, to chaperones Mrs. Tuffy, Joey DuRocher and John DuRocher (Miss DuRocher’s brother and dad), and to alum parents Suzanne and Mike Dooley, who served as this year’s Zeus and Athena. DVWS is charged with filling these two roles each year (open to all from the community except for current 5th grade parents.)

Enjoy a few photos, below, or you can enjoy the full album of 50 photos here.  Password: waldorf2016

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4th Grade – Animal Reports & A Special Visitor Thursday, May 24, 2018

The fourth graders had a delightful treat to see a five day old baby deer as part of one of the animal reports!

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2nd & 3rd Grades – Camping Thursday, May 24, 2018
Last week the second and third graders camped out at Marengo Ridge Campground.

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1st Grade – Spring Valley Nature Center Thursday, May 24, 2018

First grade took a field trip to Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg last week. They played, hiked, picnicked, milked a cow, and climbed inside an great oak tree!

 

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Kindergarten Graduation 2018 Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday, May 31st was Kindergarten Graduation in our Sunflower Garden and Apple Blossom Garden Classes and was an exciting milestone! Congratulations to our “Mighty Oaks,” who have crossed the bridge and left our early childhood program. We look forward to welcoming many of them into our largest-ever first grade class at our Rose Ceremony in the fall!

Enjoy many more photos from the day here.

The password is waldorf2016.

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Kindergarten Graduation 2018 Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday, May 31st was Kindergarten Graduation in our Sunflower Garden and Apple Blossom Garden Classes and was an exciting milestone! Congratulations to our “Mighty Oaks,” who have crossed the bridge and left our early childhood program. We look forward to welcoming many of them into our largest-ever first grade class at our Rose Ceremony in the fall!

Enjoy many more photos from the day here.

The password is waldorf2016.

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Wonder Garden – Goodbyes Friday, May 25, 2018

Miss Dina received so many lovely “good bye” hugs from her little friends on their last day of school.
And little friends sang a song for their teachers all by themselves! Our hearts were filled with love and joy!
What a beautiful year it has been!

Last hugs for friends and their beloved teacher. Little hands but capable of hugging many hearts…

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