The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art-it must speak to the child's experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.
- Rudolf Steiner
In these early grades, students' imaginations are strong and their intellectual capacities are blossoming, All subject area's are introduced through experiential and artistic means. The curriculum in the elementary years presents the history of humanity as it coincides with the development of the child; meeting the child at the right time and the right place of his/her development. Every child, beginning in 1st-grade start their mornings with a 2-hour main lesson block of math, language arts, science, and literature. In addition, every student is required to take Spanish, music, fine art: painting, sculpting and crafting, practical art: blacksmithing, woodworking and handwork, eurythmy, movement and games, and drama.
With age-appropriate movement exercises, imaginative games, and precise skill development, the Live Oak Waldorf School movement curriculum offers our students the space and opportunity to integrate their senses, to move through developmental challenges, to play joyfully, to meet and move through social challenges, and to practice interacting in an important diversity of roles with their peers. Grade 1-4 movement class concentrates on to development of individual movement skills and healthy social interactions in the form of games and in use of math and reading skills.
A typical day in the 2nd grade:
8:15 - 10:15 - Main Lesson: Native Californian Legends (6 week block)
10:15-10:40 - Snack Recess
10:45-11:30 - Spanish
11:35-12:20 - Math
12:20-12:50 - Lunch Recess / 12:55-1:10 - Quiet Time
1:15- 2 - Modeling /Art
2:05 - 2:55 - Music
2:55-3:15 - Chores