Specialty classes in inspired Waldorf schools provide an enriching part of the overall educational experience. Specialty classes include:
Eurythmy is a movement art that creates a visual expression of the sounds, words and rhythms in poetry, stories and music. We currently offer Eurythmy on a block basis.
Singing 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 recorder is introduced in first grade, the soprano recorder in grade 3; as well as the violin, cello, bass or viola. 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 strings and sing increasingly more complex 2 and 3-part choral works.
Working with the hands is an essential component of the inspired Waldorf curriculum. It develops fine motor skills, persistence and strengthens related brain functions. Handwork includes knitting, crocheting, simple weaving, cross stitch, four needle knitting, hand sewing, felting, woodworking, doll making, and machine sewing. Beginning in fourth grade, the handwork program includes woodworking.
Sports 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 fifth grade learns the events of the Greek Pentathlon: javelin, discus, long jump, wrestling, relay running. In spring, they join Waldorf schools in an Olympiad. Lower grade students have recess outside twice.
Children begin learning Spanish in Early Childhood through songs, verses, stories, festivals and games. This presentation mirrors the way children learn their own native language. In 3rd through 5th grade, the written language and reading are added and in middle school, grammar. 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.