Our approach to education is founded on nearly a century of insights into learning that are applied by Waldorf schools around the world. Experiential learning (learning by doing), place-based learning (locally rooted) and kinesthetic learning (multi-sensory learning), are just a few techniques. The successful results are seen in our highly engaged students, who approach learning with motivation, discipline and enthusiasm.
Our curriculum adheres to B.C. Ministry of Education requirements, but the timing and emphasis varies in order to best match the development of the children at a given age. For example, children learn to write as a natural extension of drawing before they learn to read. Mathematics are introduced in grade one, with students doing advanced geometry and algebra in late elementary grades.
Studies and observations suggest that learning to knit in first grade strengthens math and reading development, and children work on various projects at their own pace. At the end of each year, the child has created several beautiful and treasured pieces representing many hours of focused work and learning. The lessons students learn in handwork class are not only practical life skills, they also hold many hidden lessons and virtues – such as patience, persistence, and quality – that will stay with them for life.
Science is introduced in the younger grades through nature studies, with gardening leading into botany; and nature stories and fables leading into the later study of zoology and physiology. Hands-on projects in early grades like building, cooking and other practical activities prepare for mechanics, physics and chemistry in grades seven and eight. By grade eight, the geography curriculum has encompassed the world as has literature and history. The students are now ready to use their escalating intellectual capacities to explore the challenges of our modern world.
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