offer weekly Eurythmy in our Nursery/Kindergarten classes, as well
as in all Grades classes.
is a movement art that creates a visual expression of the sounds, words
and rhythms in poetry, stories and music. All students in Waldorf
schools, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, receive Eurythmy
lessons on a regular basis. Eurythmy exercises are carefully crafted to
support each stage of the developing child, and lessons reflect and
enrich the specific curriculum being taught to each grade. Children
doing Eurythmy will experience the words and music that they are
performing on a more meaningful, feeling level.
has been teaching at Sanderling Waldorf School since its inception as a
parent-tot group in 1996. Amy completed her Foundation Year at Rudolf
Steiner College, followed by a four-year training in Eurythmy at Spring
Valley, NY. She also completed her pedagogical Eurythmy Training at
Emerson College in England. Amy has taught Eurythmy at Waldorf Schools
in Santa Barbara, San Diego and at the Journey School, a charter
Waldorf School in Aliso Viejo, CA. She also writes a blog on Eurythmy,
and her work in the classroom.
is part of every day. Simple melodies in early grades progress to
learning rounds and songs with two or more parts in the older grades.
The pentatonic flute is introduced in first grade; the diatonic flute
and soprano recorder in grade 3; as well as a choice of a stringed
instrument (violin, viola or cello). The teaching of music notation
also begins in 3rd grade. As the children progress through later
grades, they add descant, alto and tenor recorders, continue to perform
in a strings orchestra, and sing increasingly complex 2 and
with the hands is an essential component of the Waldorf curriculum. It
develops fine motor skills; persistence and perseverance; and
strengthens related brain functions. Handwork includes knitting,
purling, crocheting, spinning, simple weaving, cross stitch, four
needle knitting, hand sewing, felting, needle felting, woodworking,
doll making, and machine sewing. Beginning in fourth grade, the
handwork program includes woodworking and carving.
and games allow the students to develop a healthy sense of self and
space and to move with intention. The early grades offer social and
rhythmic games, circle games, hand-clapping games, bean bag activities,
and jump ropes. The emphasis of games in the early grades is on working
together as a group, and the games become increasingly more
individualized in the middle school years. The 5th grade learns the
events of the Greek pentathlon: javelin, discus, long jump, wrestling,
and running. In May, they join other Southern California Waldorf
an Olympiad. Lower
grade students have recess outside twice a day regardless of weather.
Sixth grade brings a focus on medieval games, with a similar Spring
contest of area Waldorf schools.
In 3rd grade,
students take a weekly Gardening
class in which they participate in creating raised beds, planting,
weeding, and harvesting a vegetable garden. They work with the compost
created from the school's lunch scraps to fertilize the grounds, and
keep the front area of the school neat and tidy. This form of
experiential learning deepens the child's connection to nature and
gives hands-on lessons in sustainability and responsibility.
In addition to
Grades 1-8, children in the Nursery/Kindergarten classes are led by the
Spanish teacher in their circle time once per week.
begin learning both German and Spanish in first grade through
twice-weekly classes (for both languages) including songs, verses,
festivals and games. This presentation mirrors the way children learn
their own native language. In 3rd through 5th grade, the written
reading are added; and in middle school, grammar enters the curriculum.
Children spend Grades 1-5 taking both languages two times per week, and
move on to single Spanish classes three times per week beginning in 6th
grade. Throughout the eight
years, the emphasis of the curriculum is on exposing the children to a
different culture and on instilling a love of the language and culture.