What happens in Grade School?
When we come into Grade School in the Waldorf curriculum, parents become rightfully nervous. What was acceptable in kindergarten is suddenly not ‘serious enough’ in grade school, and we are here to tell you why learning – whether in grade school or kindergarten – is serious business for us and why Waldorf curriculum supports and enhances all aspects of wholesome learning. Imagine it like food – if systems of education we are familiar with and one in which we invariably grew up is like, say the Keto diet (high in academics, low in non-academics), then Waldorf is like the meal on a banana leaf – sumptuous, eclectic, homemade, nutritional, and served in a specific order.
Are they still singing and painting?
Yes, and also crocheting, knitting and embroidering, and playing the recorder and the violin for better motor skills. And performing in class plays and working on presentations and projects.
Are they learning at all?
Like you wouldn’t believe. Every day in a grade classroom begins with two hours of Main Lesson, where they learn one subject in blocks of four weeks, through a teaching methodology that uses movement, art, music and story along with reading and writing, handwork classes, physical education and games, classical music and dance, theatre, field trips and free play. But without the stress or pressure or tedium that a conventional system brings. Here children are eager to learn, a skill that is consciously nurtured, and something they take with them for the rest of their lives.
Grades 8 to 12
With our upcoming affiliation to the IGSCE Cambridge International curriculum, we essentially begin bridging the curricula from Grade 8, in preparation for the common exam children will take in Grade 10.
While we do practically switch to the Cambridge International curriculum from Grade 8, we continue using Waldorf principles in our teaching methodologies throughout high school. Which means, our children continue to learn in a stress-free environment, have enough time and space to experiment in our carefully-designed science labs, have opportunities to go on camps and outdoor trips to apply their learnings in the real world, have healthy social relationships, and cultivate a deep sense of self.