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7th Grade – In the Classroom 2/16/2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020

7th Grade – Age of Exploration

7th grade is in the middle of a voyage through the Age of Exploration. We began with the adventures of Marco Polo which helped set the stage for this era in history and now we are navigating through tales of Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Columbus and many more. It is a challenging block—one filled with exciting tales of dangerous sea voyages, but also the consequences that resulted from these expeditions that would change history and the world.


7th Grade – Farm & Garden

The fifth, sixth and seventh graders had a lesson on soil composition in Farming & Gardening class with Mrs. Faden.


7th Grade – Middle School Dance

On January 18th, our middle schoolers journeyed to Warrenville to join the fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students of the Waldorf School of DuPage for our first-ever Middle School Dance!

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5th & 6th Grades – In the Classroom 2/16/2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020

5th & 6th Grades

The fifth and sixth graders continue to love their weekly geometry class. This past week we created equiangular spirals and discussed how angles work.


5th & 6th Grades – Farm & Garden

The fifth, sixth and seventh graders had a lesson on soil composition in Farming & Gardening class with Mrs. Faden.


5th & 6th Grades – Middle School Dance

On January 18th, our middle schoolers journeyed to Warrenville to join the fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students of the Waldorf School of DuPage for our first-ever Middle School Dance!

Visit the 5th & 6th Grades page to see more.

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3rd & 4th Grades – In the Classroom 2/16/2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020

3rd & 4th Grades

Third grade began the Living on Earth block with a study of primitive homes. Students explored what kind of house could be made from the natural materials in the environment. We thought about what other environments are like and how houses would be different depending on the climate, weather, and flora. Some students shared experiences visiting or hearing about other parts of the world.

Soon each student will create a model house that they will share with the school community. Each will represent how humans find and make shelter from what the earth offers.


4th Grade – Human & Animal Study

Fourth grade began a much anticipated study of animals and how they relate to humanity physically and behaviorally. We began with head-like animals such as the cuttlefish, illustrated, and the octopus, in watercolor.

Soon we will explore torso animals, and finally those that primarily use their limbs.


3rd & 4th Grades – The Story of Moses

The classes together continued to hear the stories of Moses, here shown painted as an infant, and the saga of the Hebrews who were in search of an identity a and a homeland.


3rd & 4th Grades – Handwork

The third and fourth graders tried their hands at carding wool last week. Wool carding involves separating and straightening sheep’s wool using two brushes (carders) so that the fibers can be used to make fiber art or for spinning yarn. The carding brushes resemble large pet brushes but are made specifically for preparing wool fibers. The students will use these fibers in future classes to drop spin their own yarn!

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2nd Grade – In the Classroom 2/16/2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020

2nd Grade – Recess Snow Fort

Our resourceful second graders gathered as many flakes of snow as they could find to build a snow fort during the thaw in mid-January. 


2nd Grade – Mandarin

The second graders have been working on acting out “Go, Dog, Go!,” which they now know well enough to draw out as a ”comic”.


2nd Grade – Movement

Second graders having fun making an igloo during movement class with Mrs. Faden.

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1st Grade – In the Classroom 2/16/2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020

1st Grade 

Jack Frost iced over our familiar hiking path, but we did not give up! We found a new one, and met a new friend on the way. The first graders experience and enjoy all seasons on their hikes through Lakewood Forest Preserve each Wednesday.


1st Grade – Math 

The first grade has finished their “Four Processes” block. It was a happy time of discovery and understanding. On the last day of the block the children put on a play about the four siblings who lived with their mother and father by a lovely orchard of hazelnut trees.

Adellie-Addition, Sebastian-Subtraction, Molly-Multiplication and  David-Division have been given new nicknames by their beloved grandfather, who taught the children the different ways of counting the hazelnuts.


1st Grade – Candlemas

February 2nd is Candlemas Day. This ancient festival marks the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day of the year and the spring equinox. Candlemas is a day which holds many different customs:

  • Candlemas is a traditional Christmas festival that commemorates the ritual purification of Mary forty days after the birth of Jesus as well as the first presentation of Christ at the temple (Jewish custom 40 days after the birth of a boy.)
  • In pre-Christian times this day was known as the “Feast of Lights” and celebrated the increase of strength of the life-giving sun as winter gave way to spring.
  • Romans had a custom of lighting candles to scare away evil spirits in the winter.
  • In Scotland, Candlemas was the day when children brought candles to school to light the classroom on dark days. As gas lighting overtook candle lighting, children brought money instead, which the teacher would spend on treats. The child who contributed the most money was declared King or Queen of Candlemas and “ruled” for six weeks with special powers of declaring play time for one afternoon per week and pardoning any classmate they wished from punishments.
  • And of course people have practiced the belief that the weather on Candlemas Day predicts the weather for the remainder of winter—a precursor to our modern-day Groundhog Day.


1st Grade – Mandarin

The first grade acting out their new song – 两只老虎 – about a tiger without ears and one without a tail.


1st Grade – Movement

First graders having fun making an igloo during movement class with Mrs. Faden.

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Apple Blossom Garden – In the Classroom 2/16/2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020

Apple Blossom Garden

We explore nature at all times of the day. Inside, we do it oftentimes with song and story and craft. Outside, we observe and interact. Closely examined, a pine needle cluster shows shades and shades of green from dark to light. Even as King Winter sets his hand across the woods, we find curled worms. The children exclaimed with delight about the worm and rushed around it.



Apple Blossom Garden – Snow Play

King Winter treated our Apple Blossom Garden students to mountains of snow and ice. These mounds became castles and slides and precipices to leap from. Endless fun and excitement!


Apple Blossom Garden

Some of the boys from Apple Blossom Garden has fun “driving” together on their fantasy bus ride.


Apple Blossom Garden

Under bright Father Sun, the children loved sliding down the ice-glazed snow hill. Some dug up chunks for snacking while others packed up slides to change the ride down. The children come inside rosy cheeked and ready for our morning circle after their vigorous outdoor play.

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Sunflower Garden – In the Classroom 2/16/2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunflower Garden

Our grade school friends started building a snow fort during recess, then many Sunflower Garden hands pitched in to continue with the construction.



Sunflower Garden – Imagination Transformation

Every days the tree house gets beautifully decorated and transforms into many things: home, race car, spaceship.


Sunflower Garden – Hike Day


Sunflower Garden – Obstacle Course

An obstacle course during Extended Day.


Sunflower Garden – Story Time

Sunflower Gardens re-enacting a story outdoors during recess.


Sunflower Garden – Body Sledding

We love when King Winter covers our hill with snow!

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Wonder Garden – In the Classroom 2/16/2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020

Wonder Garden

Wonder Gardeners celebrated another birthday, stayed cozy inside with a tea party and had snow much fun outside! It’s a joy to watch them work together to have the most fun!


Wonder Garden 

Rub a dub dub
Two kids in a tub!

And another birthday celebration!

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