Our Teachers Dive Deep into Our Math Curriculum

A Summary of Math-Based Professional Development This Year By Dianne McGaunn, Math Teacher and Math Mentor “We possess mathematical truths through the fact that we ourselves behave mathematically in the world. We walk, we stand, and so forth; we describe certain lines on the earth. Through this will relationship to the external world we actually receive the inner perception of mathematics. – Rudolf Steiner This year, teachers have dedicated several pedagogical meetings to exploring our math curriculum more deeply. Some of our time has been working with Rudolf Steiner’s indications (see above) and their applications to our math teaching. As a result of our work together, we are developing a clearer understanding of the richness and power of our math curriculum and we can better communicate this to our community and beyond. In our math discussions in the fall and early spring, it became clear that mathematical thinking in Waldorf education is cultivated from the earliest stages and through many different experiences. In the early childhood programs, opportunities to experience the world and its mathematical truths in an age-appropriate way abound. For example, if four students want to use the swings but there are not enough swings for all of the students to use at once, a teacher might ask: how many students will need to wait if there are four students but two swings? In addition, balancing on objects and experiencing the physics of the world through running, jumping, balancing and playing are all mathematical experiences that are integral to the youngest students’ day. In the grades, we experience math in our classroom work, including measurement, movement and...

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...