Inside and Outside Our Classrooms

A Curriculum Update Twice a year our teachers share a brief summary of what’s been happening inside their classrooms. As you read through these curriculum updates, you can sense how a Waldorf education actively engages the body, mind, and will, allowing the students to grow and unfold their inner capabilities. Nursery By Caroline Mercier We are now in the thick of our rain and mud season.  However, the children come well prepared, covered from head to toe in their waterproof gear. There are puddles to splash in; mud-cakes, muffins, and stews to make; holes to be dug; hills to climb; horses to care for; wagons to pull; and buckets of water and mud to be carted here, there, and everywhere! This week, we left buckets and wheelbarrows under the dripping roof to catch the rain drops in the morning, and it is was such fun to come back after lunch to see how full they got. Every morning, we share a sunflower seed and apple snack at our picnic table, and every day the chickadees gather up above, waiting for us to finish. When we are done and sometimes before we are done, these sweet little birds come and pick up the seeds that have dropped, while we quietly watch. But one day, something very special happened… After many patient days of trying, one little bird was brave enough to eat out of our hands. What a joyful surprise that was. Our nature walks are getting longer as the children grow and their stamina increases. One of our latest walks took us through the “magic forest” to the babbling...

Mayfair 2013

It was a glorious day — the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and the students of Cape Ann Waldorf School were ready for the annual Mayfair.  All week long, you could hear humming and whistling in the hallways; the songs are certainly infectious.  At 1pm, students walked down to the Lower Field to begin their procession. Mr. Macdonald leading the second grade. Mrs. Babcock and the first grade. Mrs. Nevin and Mr. Yoors with the third grade. and the rest of the grades The traditional Maypole dance The less traditional Maypole “spider web”! Watch below for how the web was unwoven. Look how well the 4th and 5th graders work together!   The third grade dancing to “The Shepherd’s Hey.” Hoping to be picked by the hen as the “May King” Friends  ...

A Musical Visit

Musician David Coffin came to CAWS recently to present “Music from the King’s Court: Exploring the Early Winds.” He was quite pleased when he asked who played the recorder and every student raised his/her hand.  CAWS students play various recorders in grades 1-8, adding a stringed intrument (violin, viola, or cello) in 3rd grade.  To hear the instruments he played, please visit his very cool web site here.  ...