A Tale of Two Clefs • No. 4
Head over to our Community Facebook page to view another precious video of 1st grader, Jack, performing his very own story. Ms. Smith has asked 1st and 2nd-grade students to select an instrument and create a story involving the Treble Clef and the Bass Clef, along with various elements of nature. What a creative assignment!
Well done, Jack. Encore!
A Tale of Two Clefs • No. 3
Here’s another precious video of 2nd grader, Juliannah, performing her very own story. Ms. Smith has asked 1st and 2nd-grade students to select an instrument and create a story involving the Treble Clef and the Bass Clef, along with various elements of nature. What a creative assignment provided by Ms. Smith!
Well done Juliannah! Encore!
A Tale of Two Clefs • No. 2
Here’s another precious video of 1st grader, Jonas, performing his very own story. 1st and 2nd-grade students were asked to select an instrument and create a story involving the Treble Clef and the Bass Clef, along with various elements of nature. What a creative assignment provided by Ms. Smith.
Bravo, Jonas! Encore!
Stay tuned for one more performance.
A Tale of Two Clefs • No. 1
Here’s a precious video of 1st grader, Oliver, performing his very own story. 1st and 2nd-grade students were asked to select an instrument and create a story involving the Treble Clef and the Bass Clef, along with various elements of nature. What a creative assignment provided by Ms. Smith.
Bravo, Oliver! Encore!
Stay tuned for two more performances.
Cultural Diversity Assembly
On Thursday, February 6th, grades one to eight participated in Cultural Diversity Assembly and the classes offered poems and music from different cultures and peoples around the world. The assembly opened with Mrs. Reed, our CARE Class teacher, leading everyone in a Samba dance lesson which can be seen here on our Community Facebook Page and closed with Ms. Smith, our Music teacher, leading the grades in a Ghanaian rhythm song. (more…)
Celebrating the Festival of Sukkot
First-grade parents Joanne and Seth McDonough built a sukkah with the first, second, and third grades on the first/second-grade playground on Friday. Sukkahs are temporary structures built to celebrate the harvest and the Jewish festival of Sukkot. While the festival finished this past weekend, we are hoping to eat some of our snacks in the sukkah this week. The three classes will then dismantle the structure. Click the link to learn more about the festival.
Why We Bake Bread in Early Childhood
Bread making at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is a much-loved activity beginning with children as young as two years old. Waldorf schools around the world use different bread recipes.
At Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, we have been making huckabuck bread since the first days of school, now 30 plus years ago! (more…)
WCA: What is Michaelmas?
Michaelmas (pronounced “mick-el-muss”) is one of the four seasonal festivals we celebrate on our Waldorf calendar. It is named for the biblical hero, Michael (meaning “Who is like God” in Hebrew). Other examples of this figure can be found in many cultures throughout time and history. (more…)
CARE Classes at Moraine Farm
What is CARE Class?
This year, students in grades 1-6 will have a weekly subject class called CARE Class, led by Mrs. Reed! Students will work with monthly themes such as Communication, Gratitude, and Creativity. Lessons will have aspects of story, art, movement, and service as part of the regular rhythm of each 45-minute period. The last class period of each month will be dedicated to an age-appropriate yoga and meditation practice that will help to integrate the learning that developed over the course of the month. Students in seventh and eighth grade have an extremely tight schedule, so their exposure to this program will be integrated into existing classes and curriculum planned for them throughout the year. While their experience with SEL and mindfulness will look different than the younger grades, they will still receive instruction as time allows and according to the same themes as grades 1-6. (more…)
New Blog Post: Inside the Classroom: Social-Emotional Learning in 4th Grade
Every month, we share one or two classroom updates on our blog. This month, we share the 4th grade classroom update on social-emotional learning.
Being in school is a hugely social experience as children interact throughout the day with their same-grade classmates, teachers, teammates, coaches, recess buddies, aftercare group, younger reading buddies, and others. Even independent activities such as reading a book to oneself or visiting the bathroom are done within a social context where an awareness of others is at play. As they make their way from one social setting to another—from home to school, from the classroom to outdoor recess, or from math class to strings class—children are learning to navigate a range of individual personalities and social norms for the group.
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