Using the principles of public Waldorf education to teach the Utah Core Standards, WCS’s curriculum is designed to ensure adequate and appropriate preparation for life. It ensures that students meet the state objectives of being prepared for college and the work place (as defined by core standards), but it also adds to the richness of these academic objectives by providing experiences which further students’ human development.

 

Waldorf Curriculum

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WCS integrates a traditional Waldorf curriculum with the Utah Core Curriculum. Subsequently, students receive a robust and comprehensive education. In addition to the core requirements in math and language arts, the incorporation of Waldorf curriculum involves stories from around the world, history, science, arts, practical arts, movement, foreign language and music. Curriculum and practices at the school are designed to nurture and support the development of the whole child: their head (or thinking and analytical abilities), their heart (or feeling, ethical and intuitive abilities), and their hands (or their physical and tactile abilities and capacity to direct their energies). Each lesson and each day is designed to support the development of these central aspects of the child. Lessons are all planned to help each child do, feel, and think.

 

Developmental Model

Waldorf curriculum is based on a developmental model where the subject matter taught aligns with the developmental stage. WCS curriculum is harmonized with the traditional presentation of subjects and themes in Waldorf schools. Presentation of subjects is related to the age and stage of the children. Slow beginnings are honored, and individual children are encouraged to learn and blossom at their own pace. Homework and additional projects are limited and always connected to deepening learning and supporting the child.

 

Global and Cultural Scope

The Waldorf curriculum is seen as an ascending spiral with new information and competencies building upon those introduced in earlier years. Much of the language arts and history instruction can be found in the study of stories: tales, fables, myths, cultural practices and history that is drawn from the global sphere and then presented creatively as the students explore the world through the ideas, traditions and stories of ancient and modern cultures. History, language arts, science, math, and history are taught in main lesson blocks of three to five weeks during the morning main lesson hours and then reinforced and integrated through specialty classes in the afternoons.

 

Topics covered in main lessons include:

Primary Grades 1–3: Pictorial introduction to the alphabet, writing, reading, spelling, poetry, and drama. Folk and fairy tales, fables, legends, ancient Hebrew stories. Numbers, basic mathematical processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Nature stories, house building, and gardening.

Middle Grades 4–6: Writing, reading, spelling, grammar, poetry, and drama. Norse myths, history and stories of ancient civilizations. Review of the four mathematical processes, fractions, percentages, and geometry. Local and world geography.  Comparative zoology, botany, and elementary physics.

Upper Grades 7–8: Creative writing, reading, spelling, grammar, poetry, and drama. Medieval history, Renaissance, world exploration, US history, and biography. Mathematics, geography, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and physiology.