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...

Pioneers in Soccer

This fall the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm team fielded its first ever soccer team. Calling themselves “The Pioneers,” they opened the season with a tie as they found their footing and began to gel as a team. It didn’t take long, as experienced and new players alike quickly became a cohesive unit. The team finished strong, winning its last 5 games for an undefeated (5-0-1) inaugural season. Players, coaches and parents gathered after the final game last week to celebrate the team’s success and to thank the dedicated efforts of coaches Daniel Foster, Luciano Sappia and Christine Garcia-Akers. Coach Foster praised all of the players for their courage and for the support they showed one another throughout the season. Captain Quinton Dooley, speaking for himself and his teammates, closed the evening by noting how grateful he was finally to have a soccer team. Everyone is looking forward to building on these successes next fall!  -J....

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  ...

Fresh Skis

The eighth grade class went cross-country skiing on Moraine Farm, making the most of fresh snow on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Being one of the few snowfalls during this unusually warm winter, the students enjoyed the opportunity to make use of the skis.  The school has forty sets of skis, poles and boots and cross-country skiing is now part of the  gym/movement curriculum for middle...

Circus Comes to Town

Students performed acrobatics and circus arts for family and friends during the assembly before winter break on Friday, February 17, 2012. The performances included human being and animal-themed acts–from circus performers to insects to escaping leopards. The acts incorporated movements they learned in gymnastics class, which helps the students develop coordination. Teachers lend a hand with musical support 2nd grade “peacocks” A 1st grader “prairie dog” coming out of his burrow 2nd grade “stick bugs” 3rd & 4th grade “seals” Mr. Yoors as the Master of Ceremonies 8th grade juggler on the shoulders of a classmate 6th and 7th grade “wall” 8th grade “black panther” hangs from the ceiling after climbing a pyramid of...