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The Waldorf

Middle School Experience

 

Some schools force kids into a box and determine success by test results, ignoring the needs of the child and relying on a one-size-fits-all approach.

 

Waldorf education is the complete opposite.

Four Winds Waldorf School is committed to creating an educational experience designed around the child that inspires curiosity and embraces free-thinking. Within a protective and nurturing environment, teachers and parents work together to build a community where each student's confidence, sense of responsibility and self-reliance unfolds.

 

A CURRICULUM OVERVIEW


6th Grade

At this stage of development the student’s world is delineated in absolutes (more inclusive thinking will develop in the future). The 6th grade curriculum focuses on strong guidelines and clear differentiation concepts as well as a morality of right and wrong.

  • Business math, geometric drawing,
    & equations
  • Physics, geology, botany, ancient Rome, medieval Europe, the Crusades, & Islam
  • Expository, descriptive, & narrative writing
  • North & South American geography
  • Spanish, orchestra, recorder

7th Grade

Along with the changes brought about by puberty, adolescents begin to turn inward to seek themselves. The child at this age experiences conflict in wanting to be accepted by the group, yet recognized as an individual. The 7th grade curriculum meets these developments through themes of discovery, exploration, and transformation.

  • Algebra, chemistry, physics
  • Research papers, meteorology, astronomy, physiology
  • Platonic solids, World & European History 1400-1700
  • African & European geography
  • Woodworking, sewing, Spanish, orchestra

8th Grade

With the advent of puberty, eighth-graders’ capacity for logical thinking and independent judgment fully awakens. The class teacher brings enthusiasm to the individual student’s search for truth. The robust 8th grade curriculum allows students to experience a sense of completion as they stand at the doorway to adulthood and prepare to leave our school.

  • Geometry, chemistry, physics, physiology, Shakespeare
  • Geography of Asia & Antarctic, World History 1700 – present
  • Spanish, orchestra, sewing, black & white charcoal drawing
     
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Waldorf Education may be the right fit for your middle schooler!

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On average, 20% of a child’s week is spent in their classroom learning environment. And yet many times these environments are cluttered and sterile—a space replete with distraction rather than calm and peace.

Classrooms shouldn’t be seen as just rooms with desks and books—a child’s sense of motivation, morale and desire to learn is connected to their learning environment. “The aesthetics of learning spaces has an impact on brain function and influences how students feel when they're in school -- as well as how they feel about their school,” said Ramona Persaud.

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We live in a world where employers in a variety of different fields are beginning to place top value on critical thinking. However, in a traditional classroom setting, students are not given the opportunity to develop this integral skill for thinking “outside the box”.

In many science classrooms, students read about a particular topic in which laws, formulas, and abstract concepts are presented, and later illustrated through experimentation. This approach, unfortunately, does not allow children to develop the keen observational skills necessary to compete and excel in STEM subjects.

EDUCATING THE WHOLE CHILD

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