Creating a ‘Stream’ of Observations…
Last week our Grade 2 & 3 students began a natural science block exploring the local geography, plants, animals, etc. The students collected and compared dirt samples from a variety of different locations, observed the differences in appearance of many different stones, and discussed different geographical features the students are familiar with. They also examined how water flows downhill to get success!
Waldorf schools intentionally incorporate a broad and balanced range of imaginative, creative, and kinesthetic experiences within the academic program. Waldorf teachers maintain a keen awareness of a lesson’s meaning and relevance for a student’s senses, feelings and cognition so that they are actively engaged at each stage of their development. As Henry Barnes, a long time Waldorf teacher once wrote, “When children relate what they learn to their own experience, they are interested and alive, and what they learn becomes their own.”
Learn more about the experiential observations embedded in Waldorf curriculum.