Kindergarten: The month of February is full of festivals and celebrations connected to loving friendship, family and community. This month we will focus on nurturing and appreciating our friendships, sharing and honouring our family and helping our school community with good and kind deeds. In the Kindergarten, social-emotional awareness, interpersonal skills, communication skills and… Read More »
On Friday we constructed shelters out of snow. Everyone was active — parents and teacher included, down on our hands and knees, scooping snow — working together to make a giant mound of snow, and later digging it out. I worked with one of the student groups and was amazed by their enthusiasm and motivation. One student cheered… Read More »
… perspective drawing by drawing a section of the Waldorf Academy campus. The teacher in grade 7 needs to continue bringing in the Arts in the process of learning the different subjects, in a way that appeals to the new, intellectual approach that the young students now have. The new intellectual and systemic way of… Read More »
This morning, students learned to lift their back thumb off of the flute to make a new note. In grade one, we are continuing to work on learning songs on the pentatonic flute. Stories are told to introduce new songs and flute fingerings. We’re also learning a song called “John Kanakanaka” that incorporates singing and… Read More »
What is a Main Lesson Block? Main Lesson A dedicated two-hour block of time in the morning that is the central academic focus of the day. Students spend a considerable amount of time in the creation of a Main Lesson book. Main Lesson Book Sample of a Grade 2 and Grade 6 main lesson book… Read More »
Over the years at Waldorf Academy we have observed that anxiety in children has increased and is the number one reason for new enrollment in the grades. Anxiety can also increase for a child over the holidays. Here are some tips from Dr.Foxman who has visited the London Waldorf school for parent workshops on anxiety.… Read More »
The Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Benefits of Play When children are happily at play in a kindergarten there is a wonderful hum in the room. A deep sense of well being emanates from the children. This should be reason enough to foster and protect play, but research also points to a number of important gains… Read More »
Activities: Barbeque Candle-dipping Grade 7 Café (funds go to their grade 8 trip) Puppet Shows Sleighbell Boutique Snow Queen Bakery Storytelling Visit the Good Witch Ice Fairy Craft/Activity Woodland Pond Live Music Waldorf Doll Vendor On Sunday, December 3 Waldorf Academy will be hosting our annual WINTER FAIR, our largest community FUNraiser, where the school… Read More »
Please contact Marla Speigel firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like her to bid on your behalf this Saturday at the 30th Anniversary gala Click to view Silent Auction Items We are grateful to the community for their generous donations. Please be sure to support their businesses and say thank you! Maryem & Ernie Tollar, Parents of… Read More »
What did Stanford find? Stanford found significantly higher positive student achievement outcomes on standardized state assessments by Waldorf students, greater engagement and significantly lower disciplinary action and truancy. These results held across the subsets of African American, Latino and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. They also accounted for the initial lag owing to the planned Waldorf progression in education.… Read More »
Grade one: Fairytales and Folktales, the world of rich imagery and language. Multicultural fairy tales, folk tales and nature stories full of vivid imagery, collective archetypes and rich vocabulary establish the foundation for the grade one curriculum. The archetypal images and themes found in fairy tales engage the children’s imagination and nurture a relationship with… Read More »
I wanted to let you know how wonderful p.i.n.e was in the snow last week. Leading up to it, many students were apprehensive; there was a lot of complaining about what they thought would be a terribly cold and uncomfortable day, and there were not a few requests that our trip be cancelled. Well, good… Read More »
Grade 5 end of Term 1 update to parents I can not believe how quickly this term has flown by! The children have: Begun junior choir with grade six and learned to play the alto recorder with Ms Hilts Moved through elaborate forms and patterns in eurythmy with Ms Schneider Continued mastering the four processes,… Read More »
We have been crafting our lanterns this week for our lantern walk. Festival crafting with young children is so much more than a finished product. We lay out all of the materials in an inviting way during our free play. We then sit down at the table and begin to slowly craft. The children are free to play and no… Read More »
Screenagers: Building conversation with our children around technology. Join the conversation at Tech Talk Tuesdays Aug 22, 2016 Sample from the tech talk tuesdays As summer break nears its final days and I see the fall frenzy of school-and-everything-else schedules coming my way, I am preparing for the transition. As I envision the back-to-school scene… Read More »
” He is my son’s math guru!” a new parent once said to me of our math specialist. Changing the relationship new students have towards math is a common outcome. Often they are anxious and have already given up on math when they arrive but within a few months they feel at ease and open… Read More »
You and your 3-5 year old are invited to experience a Waldorf kindergarten on July 7 from 9:30-11:30. Enjoy a beautiful space, artistic activities and learn more about open ended toys and play that encourage creativity and rhythms that help regulate emotions and instil reverence and collaboration. Contact info@waldorfacademy to reserve your spot.
This post is about Europe’s universities and the possibilities to do undergraduate studies there. Have you thought about your after school continuation of French? The studies abroad are a possibility … Do you know that the French universities rank among the best in the world? And do you know that the total annual university fees… Read More »
There are two Extra Lesson exercises students often work with in the program. One is Left/right bean bag/ball exercise and the other is the Threefold Spiral. Bean Bag Exercises: The Left/right bean bag/ball exercise is one of the spatial orientation exercise to help bring awareness of left and right, further the integration of the… Read More »
We have been exploring the natural world in our Nature Studies Block, drawing the animals and plants we see around us all of the time. On our adventures to the big Ravine, and to Spadina House, the children have been stuffing their pockets (and my pockets) with precious earth treasures; acorns, maple seeds, oak leaves,… Read More »
Have you ever wondered why your child needs to learn a language? I do, as a mother and as an educator. Here is where this questioning has taken me. I see the language as a medium to relate to others and as such it embodies not only the… Read More »
March 8,9,10 6:30-9pm Each year the students in the graduating class take on independent projects as the culmination of their educational experience. It is an opportunity for the students to have a truly independent learning experience based on their individual interests and inspirations. Students combine the academic, artistic, and intellectual capacities fostered by their Waldorf… Read More »
This past block Grade Three immersed themselves in the Story of Esther. Esther was a brave women written about in the Torah/Old Testament who went against the decree of her husband to save her tribe; the Israelites. This story explores themes of togetherness, standing up against authority as well as honesty and truth. These… Read More »
Lesley Moffit: Practical Arts Teacher The handwork and practical arts curriculum in the Waldorf School stimulates the creative powers, while at the same it establishes aesthetic confidence through the conscious guidance of the student’s developing will. The will is the power within us, through our deeds, to interact with the world. But most importantly, this… Read More »
This week the children heard the story of a young Kenyan boy named Kipury who herds the sheep in a small African village. One day, after all his work is done, Kipury takes his favourite little lamb for a walk to the grove. The little lamb wanders off in search of water while Kipury succumbs… Read More »
GRADE SEVEN, Ms. Paula Rosa As creative forces begin to unfold in the students’ physical bodies, the possibility of creative activity also awakens in the youngsters’ souls and so we took our first intense foray into “creative writing.” Through prose and poetry that the students composed themselves (in pairs, groups or individually) we looked at… Read More »
What a month it has been! With February just around the corner, I thought it would be nice to reflect on what’s been going on in the music world at school and in the community. As I began collecting stories to share, I noticed a theme: Beethoven’s 9th symphony! In the new year, grade 6 began to… Read More »
Students quickly learn and understand the concept of area when it comes to rectilinear forms (forms whose perimeters are straight lines). The simplest example is a rectangle. Multiplying the base by the height gives the area in square units. Dividing the rectangle into 1 x 1 squares allows us to visualize how many square units… Read More »
December was a month of building,sewing, and feasting!
So wonderful to see so much creativity in the costumes, and also to see all three grades dancing and having so much fun together! What a great middle school event!
The grade four class began a new voyage of discovery this year through local geography and history. (In grades one through three, the children learn about the environment by connecting with their surroundings and how people live and work from the land.)
Knowing our child is happy, safe, and well cared for, mentally, physically and emotionally, in a way that coincides with our beliefs and values at home, is priceless. Enrolling our child at Waldorf Academy has been a decision we have never doubted. We couldn’t be happier with the support provided for our child. A. Ashman… Read More »
March Break camps at Waldorf Academy have been a riot of fun! Junior camp explored the culture of France with French cuisine and a Spring French play. Madame Carrady and Madame Cole have taken such delight in creating this theme that it has been infectious for all of us working in the office! Senior camp explored… Read More »
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Each student is required to perform an artistic piece either solo or with others. A powerful evening filled with love, bravery, pride, fun, wit, artistry and transformation.
Singing, piano, violin, guitar, solo, bands, skits, poetry and more! Come and support the middle school!
Welcome Chinese New year 2015! It is the Year of 羊 (Goat, Sheep, or Ram). If you were born Feb 1,2003 – January 21,2004 or February15,1991 to January 3,1992 or January 28,1979 to February 15, 1980, you were born in the year of 羊. Waldorf Academy is going to celebrate Chinese New Year on Wednesday,… Read More »
What wonderful news we all received today! Preliminary results came back from the poetry contest we entered, and our school did remarkably well. A number of students from middle school had work that was chosen to be published, and drum roll please… ALL of the students’ entries from our grade 5 class were selected to be… Read More »
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An incredible turnout to the Winter Fair. Our parent volunteers rock! Toronto Star ranked our fair in the top 20.
It is easy to recognize a Waldorf classroom: beautifully painted walls, soothing atmosphere, natural materials at every glance and most important, the centerpiece of the room, a beautiful chalk drawing detailing the main lesson of the day. Wherever you go in the world, you will find the same sense of “home” that is distinctly a… Read More »
One of the unique features of Waldorf Academy’s Childcare, Nursery and Kindergarten are the dolls. Many years ago I joined a doll workshop at our school determined to create a doll for one of my daughters. I am not crafty at all but I completely admire those that are. Of course the social aspect was… Read More »