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Elementary at JRCS

With the Waldorf method of instruction, the class teacher involves the children in writing, reading, recitation, dramatic acting, painting, drawing, and movement. The teacher follows a rhythm, day to day, which begins with a  review of the previous day’s material, further development of the subject matter and then introduction of new material.

Though looping, the class teacher works with each child through a multi-year relationship, where the teacher is able to draw out the child’s strengths and focus more consistently and intensively in the weaker areas.

In the grades, we teach the core subjects in a rotation of main lesson blocks in which the children discover and delight in one topic for a 2 hour period each morning over 4-6 weeks.  This rhythm allows the students from grades 1-8 time and opportunity to penetrate each subject thoroughly and with a purpose, whether it be history, biology, mathematics, geography or literature.

Here are the subjects covered in each grade:

Grade 1
Letter Writing
Reading
Drawing
Watercolor Painting
Beeswax Molding
The Qualiity of Numbers
The Four Processes
Nature Study
Knitting
Pentatonic
Story Content: Fairy Tales

Grade 2
Reading
Writing
Drawing
Place Value
Times Tables
Addition with carrying
Knitting
Nature Studies
Beeswax Molding
Pentatonic Flute
Story Content: Legends & Fables

Grade 3
Reading
Writing
Grammar
Weights and Measurements
Gardening & Farming
Drawing
Beeswax Modeling
Crocheting
Long Division
Story Content: Old Testament

Grade 4
Zoology
Report Writing
Fractions
Local History & Geography
Clay Modeling
Cross Stitching
Story Content: Norse Mythology
And Native American Tales

Grade 5
Writing
Composition
Study of Ancient Cultures
Decimals & Metric
Botany
North American Geography
Four needle Knitting
Watercolor Painting
Story Content: Indian, Persian,
Mesopotamian, Egyptian & Greek Mythology
Greek History

Grade 6
Reading
Composition Writing
Business Math
Geology
Astronomy
Physics
Geography Focus: Europe & South America
History: Rome through the
Middle Ages
Story Content: Roman & Medieval History

Grade 7
Perspective Drawing
European History with a focus on the Renaissance
Explorers and Astronomers
Inorganic Chemistry
Algebra
Physics
Physiology, Health & Nutrition
Human Fertility
Geography Focus: Africa
Story Content: The Renaissance & Biographies

Grade 8
Revolutions & Reformation: The Protestant Reformation,  The French Revolution, The Civil War, The Twentieth Century
Algebra
Physics (hydraulics, aerodynamics, meteorology)
Organic Chemistry
World Economics
Geography
Anatomy Focus: Skeletal System
Story Content: Historical Perspectives and Biographies of Remarkable Individuals