2021 - 2022 School Year

Homeschool Program

Academic & Artistic Enrichment Classes for Homeschooled Students ages 7-11

Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is pleased to offer our Homeschool Program on our beautiful Beverly, Massachusetts campus.

In-person courses offered during the regular school year categorized by Fall, Winter & Spring trimesters can include Strings, Theater, Engineering, Fine Arts, Photography, Poetry Class, Games & Movement, C.A.R.E. Class and Handwork. Each course is facilitated by one of our experienced faculty members.

Fall trimester begins with the start of the school season in September, Winter trimester begins in January, and Spring trimester begins at the end of March. All trimesters will follow the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm school calendar and observe listed holidays and school breaks. The program will adhere to the safety and mask protocols outlined in our school’s Reopening Plan. All students must be at least 7 years old at start of program to enroll. Please see the course descriptions below or email homeschool@waldorfmoraine.org for questions.

INFORMATION

Program & Class Descriptions

Homeschool Course Overview

10:30 AM – 2:45 PM
Tuesday/Thursday classes

The program will run classes weekly with four, 45-minute classes per day. Each trimester will offer a different selection of subjects (see below).

Tentative Schedule                                      2021 – 2022 School Year

Fall Trimester • September 14 – Dec 2
Strings, Handwork, Fine Arts, Games and Movement

Winter Trimester • December 7 – March 10
Strings, Handwork, Theater, Games and Movement

Spring Trimester• March 15 – June 9
Strings, Handwork, Fine Arts, Games and Movement

The homeschool program is offered as a whole trimester-long package rate. We are unable to offer individual class programs at this time. Please note that we’ll be observing all school holidays, parent-teacher conferences, and breaks.

2021-2022 Tuition: $1,980 per trimester

Instrument rental is not included.

Limit 16 Students per class.

Flexible payment plans available.

Registration Instructions

If you are interested and ready to enroll in our Homeschool Program here’s what to expect and the next steps to take:

Step 1
Pre-register via a short Google Form that gives us basic information about your child and your contact information.

Step 2 
You will be contacted by the Homeschool Program Director who will answer any questions and help you secure your child’s place in the group.

Step 3
Attend orientation and prepare for classes to start!

Resources

TheHomeSchoolMom Homeschooling Resources

The following course overviews below give a glimpse into the types of subject matter and classes that we offer. While we do adhere to what is developmentally appropriate for each age level, as you will see indicated in the course overviews, we can work with groups to meet their individual needs, abilities, and areas of interest.

Handwork Class Description

Trimester I, II & III

In handwork class, the students learn to knit. Knitting utilizes both hands, promoting differentiation that is necessary for students to write. Following the yarn, as well as tracking stitches and rows in a knitted piece, builds eye strength that is required for smooth tracking when students learn to read. This new skill is brought through story and verse. The students practice finger plays and string and clapping games in order to promote finger dexterity and build patience. Students spend the year knitting simple flat shapes, which are sewn up to make useful objects or toys. Projects can include animals, bags, recorder cases, simple scarves, balls, dolls and other toys.

Strings Course Description

Trimester I, II & III

Strings class provides a social, emotional, learning outlet, that gives the students the opportunity to feel and incorporate sounds in their own bodies. Learning music and in particular strings, provide excellent brain development, problem-solving and it encourages self-discipline and problem-solving. In addition to all of that, strings provide the opportunity to be a part of an ensemble working and striving together to create something beautiful. Strings are worth the work! The students will learn familiar songs and perform a concert at the end of the semester.

Games & Movement Class Description

Trimester I, II & III

Movement, particularly choreographed movement, coordinated group activities and Bothmer Gymnastics, help to build physical agility and a sense of internal rhythm while developing spatial awareness and left-brain/right-brain coordination. The cognitive impacts of these activities have a lasting and positive effect on overall health and well being, as well as supporting the ability to organize and process intellectual concepts.

Fine Arts Class Description

Trimester I & III

The visual arts permeate the Waldorf elementary school experience. These include the two-dimensional arts of drawing and painting and the three-dimensional arts of modeling or sculpting. Fine art is instructed through teacher-guided lessons. In first grade, the teacher leads the students by doing each step before their eyes and showing them explicitly what to do in order to imitate the teacher’s work. As much as possible, teachers ignite the imagination through spoken story. Simple stories can lead the class from one step to the next, such as in color stories in wet-on-wet watercolor painting, or in evolving forms that are done in beeswax and clay modeling. Group instruction in fine art can lead the student through moments when their individuality purposefully shines through. The teacher may guide the class to create a scene and then allow students time and freedom to add details or embellishments. In addition to following guided drawings and paintings, students also have opportunities to create their own artistic representations from their imagination of stories presented.

  • Wet-on-wet watercolor painting: 2-3 color experiences and color stories
  • Beeswax modeling: seasonal, story-based forms
  • Form drawing line exercises to support cursive penmanship
  • Different shading methods introduced, this may include slant line drawing

Theatre Class Description

Trimester II

The class play is an important part of the Waldorf curriculum, with roles chosen to develop each student’s innate gifts and to support curricular themes for that year. You will witness the high level of speech work that is cultivated and watch skills develop over the years. With each production, the class learns to work together as the final piece grows from a short 10-minute skit in the first grade, to something as complex as a 90-minute Shakespeare play in eighth grade.

Engineering Class Description

From soaring skyscrapers to tiny medical devices, it’s impossible to imagine our lives without engineering! Engineers create solutions to the world’s challenges by designing products or services. In this class, students become creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and designers to solve a variety of challenges. Students will engage in hands-on projects (such as building small boats to transport materials, projectile launchers, etc.) and work through the design process to develop into budding engineers!

Photography Class Description

Together we will have mini adventures in looking at light, color, shape and composition. With instructions provided on how to use our cameras, we will learn to trust our instincts and make photographs that intrigue and delight. Exploring beautiful Moraine Farm we will create portraits of all kinds such as details in our surroundings, landscapes and portraits of ourselves and each other. We will finish the semester with a printed showing of our edited work. Digital cameras will be provided, one for each child.

C.A.R.E. Class Description

C.A.R.E = Compassion, Advocacy, Respect, Empathy. During this mindfulness & social-emotional learning class, students will work with weekly themes such as Collaboration, 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 second class period of each week will be dedicated to an age-appropriate mindful movement and meditation practice that will help to integrate the learning gained from the theme for the week.

With a growing population choosing to homeschool, we wanted to create a specially-designed program that would bring core aspects of a Waldorf education to these families. As a Waldorf school, our teaching is built on allowing students the time and space they need to learn in an unhurried environment while inspiring them to trust themselves and develop their own gifts. Our homeschool program now brings these qualities to a new population and we’re looking forward to bringing Waldorf to this community.

—Caroline Horner