The curriculum of the elementary school is rich and diversified,offering humanities, mathematics, science, and the arts. Mastery of the traditional academic disciplines is interwoven with artistic and practical activities to provide a rich and varied educational
experience for every student.
The following is a brief summary of the language arts, mathematics, and science curriculum presented in Main Lesson, class by class. Find out more details by clicking on each class heading.
- Class 1: Fairy tales, folk tales and nature stories; pictorial introduction to letters; preparation for reading through writing; qualities of numbers; introduction of the four operations in arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).
- Class 2: Legends and fables; stories of saints and heroes; continued work in writing, reading, and arithmetic; introduction of cursive writing.
- Class 3: Old Testament stories; composition and grammar; study of practical life (farming, housing, and othing); time, weights, measures, and money in arithmetic.
- Class 4: Norse mythology and sagas; local geography and map-making; local history; study of the animal kingdom; fractions and decimal fractions.
- Class 5:Ancient history and mythology from India, Persia, and Egypt; Greek mythology and history; North American geography related to vegetation and agriculture; botany; decimals.
Classes 6 – 8
What are the needs of today’s adolescents? How can students be better prepared for high school? How can we change the way we meet students so that they experience more of a difference in our approach and expectations between Classes 1-5 and Classes 6-8? These are some of the questions that our faculty has been exploring recently. While the evolution of a “Middle School” concept is not yet complete, we acknowledge that there is a need for teachers who are specially trained to work with adolescents.
Middle School Enrichment Programs
The school has recently introduced experiential-education initiatives, which are designed to bring about more hands-on and project-based learning to the students while also offering them an element of elective or choice that they are ready for in these grades. Read more about these programs here.
Middle School “Academic Springboard to High School”
How well does Nelson Waldorf School prepare their students to feel confident for and excel in High School?Based on historical evidence, these middle school years provide an academically rich springboard” to High School, while at the same time reaffirming the students’ enthusiasm for, and love of, learning. Indeed, our Waldorf grads are known to do very well in their future studies! In our local community, Waldorf graduates consistently do well at LV Rogers and other post-elementary institutions. In fact, students often skip grade a grade ahead when entering public school. For instance in 2009, 11 of the 22 students in the 8th grade graduating class began High School in grade 10 after successful completion of their English 9 and Math 9 tests. Students from NWS often recieve awards for academic excellence at LVR and on the whole transition very well to public school.
Find out more details about the middle school curriculum by clicking on each class heading below.
- Class 6: Roman and Medieval history; astronomy; Central and South American geography; geology; physics (sound and light); beginning algebra; geometry and geometric drawing; business math (interest percentage), ratio and proportion.
- Class 7: The Age of Discovery; Renaissance history; creative writing; African geography; physics (electricity and magnetism); inorganic chemistry; human physiology (health and nutrition); algebra; geometry; business math (profit/loss).
- Class 8: Modern history; world geography; Industrial Revolution, French and American Revolutions, world geography; physiology (human skeleton); physics; algebra; geometry; organic chemistry; meteorology; epic and dramatic poetry.