Grade School

“Accept the children with reverence, educate them with love, send them forth in freedom.”

— Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education

Our beautiful farm is the ideal setting for grade school children to learn, to play, to build friendships, and to grow. In our supportive environment, children experience a developmentally appropriate and rigorous Waldorf curriculum while learning practical lessons on the farm. The creative presentation of the subjects taught in the classroom, combined with the hands-on experience of the lessons learned on the farm, allows motivation for learning to arise naturally from within, fostering a joyful outlook on the world and cultivating a lifelong love of learning.

The Class Teacher

In Waldorf schools, the class teacher will ideally take the same group of children from first through eighth grades. This gives children continuing security and guidance and allows teachers to become well-acquainted with each child as a unique individual. As each child matures, the teacher gains insight on how best to encourage the child to unfold his or her innate gifts.

Teaching in a Waldorf classroom is a creative process in which the teacher transforms education into an art. With an imaginative approach to education, the teacher strives to awaken each child’s inner faculties while daily presenting blocks in social science and literature, geography, mathematics, language arts, and the natural sciences. Foreign language is taught by a specialist in the language, and other special subjects such as handwork and music are taught by the class teacher or specialists in these fields.

During the grade school years, the child needs to experience love, reverence, and wonder for the world, and each teacher endeavors to impart these qualities by example.

Our Classes for the 2017/2018 School Year

School hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM – 3:15 PM;
Friday, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Our grade school consists of first grade and four combined grades. Our Waldorf-trained grade school teachers design their lessons to best meet the range of ages and abilities in each of our classes. Each teacher works out of his or her own creativity while adhering to the heart of a Waldorf education – educating the whole child with an academic, artistic, and age-appropriate curriculum.

See the Faculty page for full biographies of our teachers Beth Ann O’Dell, Leaf Lovetree, Helen Curry, and Mary Anne Hinton.