Subject Classes

The Davis Waldorf School is fortunate to have a rich offering of subject classes for our grades students. Our classes are taught by dedicated subject teachers who work with the children within their particular area of expertise; many of our teachers have been faculty members for over ten years or more! After main lesson, children attend various classes  throughout the week that enrich the curriculum of their grade, and gives them many experiences and chances to work with their hands, move, be artistic, and deepen their understanding of the greater world.

 

Band
Our students may choose to join the band program at the beginning of sixth grade. The instrument choices are: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, or trombone/baritone horn. If students want to learn drums, they must complete one year on bells or on any of the instruments listed above and then switch in seventh grade. Other instruments such as French horn and oboe are possible if the student is currently playing said instrument for at least one year.

Students learn to read music through the use of scales, arpeggios, and rhythm exercises with emphasis placed on using classical, jazz, and popular styles of music. Students experience what it’s like to work together toward a common goal through performance. The band performs in the Winter Assembly, May Faire and an end of the year concert. There may also be other performance opportunities during the year.

Eurythmy
Eurythmy makes language and music visible through movement and develops balance, coordination, and spatial awareness within each child. Eurythmy acts as a social art by having children move in particular forms as a group.

Eurythmy is offered once or twice a week depending on the grade by a fully-trained Eurythmist. Once a year, we offer a Eurythmy performance at an off-site location to showcase what the grades students have been learning in this subject class. All parents are encouraged to come.

Games
Movement is carefully woven throughout the grades; it’s part of the breathing out and balance of any lesson. Our school has a dedicated instructor for our games classes who has taught for many years. This instructor brings the curriculum in developmentally-appropriate ways, following the footsteps of Kim John Payne’s stages of play. These stages of play are important as they connect child development with the timing of certain activities. In early childhood, children should have solitary, parallel, and “let’s pretend” play before moving on to game playing. Children gain important social skills, like impulse control and cooperation, which serve healthy interactions at eight, nine, and ten years old.[1] Following these stages of play, children are allowed to grow and develop in safe, healthy ways.

Gardening
Our garden space includes eight raised beds, picnic tables, a hen house, a compost heap, and a wood-fired pizza oven, which was built by the graduating class of 2015/2016 when they were in third grade. At this time, all students in second through eighth grade are served by a dedicated Gardening teacher once per week.

Handwork
Handwork allows children to work creatively with their hands. At an early age, children are introduced to soft fleece which they happily card. They enjoy forming something with their hands, like balls of yarn or finger knitting long ropes for jumping. The children learn how to make many useful items and feel a sense of accomplishment at having finished a project. Our school has a dedicated handwork teacher to bring the following curriculum: 

Middle School Math
Our middle school math program provides a rich and comprehensive curriculum to our students three to five times a week. Through hands-on activities, the application of practical skills, and artistic work, mathematics is presented in a dynamic, lively, and multi-faceted manner. In sixth grade, math subject classes occur three times a week, and in seventh and eighth grades, math classes occur five times a week. Similar to main lesson with the class teacher, our math specialist organizes the year’s content into blocks, which allows students to focus and dive deeper into the current area of study. 

Spanish
Spanish is offered in first through eighth grade, twice a week throughout the school year. Our Spanish teacher is a native Spanish speaker and has been at the school for many years.  She has dedicated her time and energy to learning Waldorf methodology.

In all the grades, Spanish lessons are brought in an a fun and engaging way through games, drawings and interactive activities. All lessons are tailored to meet the specific needs of each child every year.

Strings
Our strings program begins in the fourth grade with our dedicated Strings teacher, when students learn to play the violin, viola, or cello.

Woodworking
Woodworking is offered once a week to students in grades 5-8. Woodwork complements the existing handwork program by developing the will. Students exercising patience and care are able to transform raw materials into something beautiful and useful. Woodworking causes a dawning reverence for the natural world.