Approaching Grade Four

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Inspiration and Guidance for Your Year

Sunday evening, June 23 – Friday afternoon, June 28

Taught remotely in real time, this course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming fourth grade school year in five days brimming with presentations, discussions, and practical activities.

Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the fourth grader in a deep and meaningful way. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a discussion of child development focusing specifically on your class’s age group, you will get to know the fourth grade child in depth as they step into a more objective relationship to learning.

Along with time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, block planning, projects and activities, and classroom management, your course will include such key topics for fourth graders—and their teachers—as:

  • Topics in language arts, reading groups, and class plays
  • Pre-colonial/indigenous approaches to local geography
  • Norse mythology and beyond: fourth grade stories of world-making
  • Topics in math
  • Fourth grade approach to zoology and gardening
  • Fourth grade approach to geography and local/state history
  • Fourth grade morning circle
  • Fourth grade assessment
  • Parent work and colleagueship

These subjects will be supported by explorations in art and music, giving you practical tools to take into your school year. In addition, you’ll gain many valuable opportunities for building connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country to carry with you throughout your teaching. And participation in an anthroposophical study undertaken in common with all Grades participants will help enable you to build bridges between colleagues and parents once you return to your school.

Grade-specific resource materials useful for your year, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you electronically.

NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a foundational background in Waldorf education.

Cost: $615. Discounts available

For information, contact: Barbara Vitale at / 845-425-0055 x20

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Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977

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