A Unique Curriculum
We have created a flexible and dynamic program in response to our understanding of the needs of the children of our times.
A Day for Social Renewal
For the community day, all the grades and high school students are together. In the mornings, the program provides opportunity for the children to build their own community, and to connect with the community around them. In the afternoons, they engage in creating nature art and do Eurythmy together.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Mainlesson and Specialty Classes
Our pedagogical program teaches the whole child – head, hands, and heart. Main Lesson days start with two-hour classes that allow deep work on one subject for three to four weeks. Depending on the children's ages, these lessons span the full range of reading, writing, math, geography, history, zoology, botany, geology, chemistry, etc. The rest of the day includes subjects such as music, art, handwork, woodwork, languages (French and German), Eurythmy, and movement education.
Farm and Nature Day
Throughout the year, the farm and nature day will offer the children the opportunity to connect deeply with nature. From September to December, we are joining the "Earth Path" program at the Just Food Farm in the Ottawa Greenbelt in Blackburn Hamlet. We are excited to collaborate with Bryarly McEachern, to offer wilderness awareness through a rich, experience-based program. Pick-up and drop-off will be at the Just Food Farm, 2391 Pépin Ct.
We are excited to be planning for a rich series of main lesson blocks that will satisfy the awakening of thinking in the children of this age group. Until December, we will have guest teachers for the first two hours of the day, offering history, maths and science, (perhaps also drama) embedded in artistic and practical activities.
The children will be held by a home room teacher to ensure a measure of stability in the context of guest teachers. There will also be visual arts, handwork, Eurythmy and French for the other periods of the day. Music and language arts will be integrated in the main lesson time. We are in the process of finalizing this schedule with the guest teachers.
If the program for the upper grades continues to grow and the budget requirements are met, a very talented and innovative Waldorf teacher from France who is very much “in tune” with today’s teenagers’ needs and questions will join our school in January to take over Grade 7-8-9 and contribute in other areas as well. We are delighted by this prospect.