Our goal is to enable each child’s potential to unfold by developing creative and imaginative capacities while building a strong academic foundation.
Courtesy of Denver Waldorf School
Waldorf education recognizes that children aged 7 to 14 learn best through their imaginations. Knowledge is presented through activities which capture and enliven their imaginations and channel their abundant energy in a disciplined and creative way. The arts are integrated into the entire academic curriculum, including math and science. The Waldorf curriculum helps both intellectual and creative development and generates an inner enthusiasm for learning.
The Uniqueness of the Waldorf Approach
The uniqueness of the Waldorf approach lies in how the children are taught. Whether the subject is arithmetic, history, or physics, the Class Teacher brings life to knowledge through vivid descriptions and characterizations which heighten students’ curiosity and engage their feelings. The students focus on one subject for several weeks during the two-hour main lesson, which allows time for understanding to merge with experience. In this way, what is learned will live with the child.
We moved our high achieving child from a public magnet school to Camellia and couldn’t be happier with our experience. Within just a month, he became so much more interested in learning. Because Camellia students test well on standardized testing, we are confident he will be able to move onto the high school of his choice.
An Expanding Curriculum
Year by year, the curriculum expands with the maturing child, matching themes that mirror the child’s inner development with skills, knowledge, and modes of expression appropriate to his or her age.
Science, for example, grows from stories about animals in kindergarten to nature study in the early grades, which nurtures wonder and reverence for life. Zoology and botany in grades four and five build on the students’ earlier observations and experiences of the world and their curiosity about how animals ands plants live and grow. As students become more interested in how things work, optics, acoustics and electricity are explored through experiments beginning in grade six. By eighth grade, students have discovered principles of mineralogy, astronomy, physiology, chemistry, and physics.
Science, literature, history, mathematics, and geography are all taught by the Class Teacher in the daily main lessons. In addition, each week includes instruction in foreign language, Eurythmy (an art of bodily movement), music, and movement. Crafts and handwork are also an integral part of the curriculum, developing dexterity, coordination, patience, perseverance and imagination. Practical work such as woodworking, house building, and gardening give children an understanding of how things are created and a respect for the work of others.
By entering into many disciplines, children can achieve clarity and flexibility in thinking, compassion of heart and powers of good judgment that continue to ripen throughout life.