Overview of Grade School Academics

A year-by-year chart of the Waldorf curriculum that is used by all Waldorf schools can be found here

Lower Grades:

Grade 1

  • Pictorial & phonetic introduction to letters
  • Reading through writing
  • Arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, & division
  • Fairy tales, folk tales, & nature stories

 

 

 

 Grade 2

  • Reading & writing
  • Multiplication tables
  • Number patterns, forms, & values
  • Legends & fables
  • Nature stories – as a foundation for science

 

 

 

 

Grade 3

  • Reading & Spelling
  • Composition, grammar, & punctuation
  • Parts of speech & cursive writing
  • Multiplication of higher numbers
  • Weight, measurement, & money
  • Time & calendar
  • Farming, housing, & clothing
  • Stories from the Hebrew books of the Bible

 

 

 

 

Grade 4 

  • Composition
  • Grammar & spelling
  • Introduction to fractions
  • Zoology – the animal kingdom
  • Local history
  • Norse myths & sagas 

 

 

 

Grade 5

  • Composition & grammar
  • Letter writing
  • Research & library skills
  • Fractions & decimals
  • Freehand geometry
  • Botany – the plant kingdom
  • Physical & economic geography
  • Ancient civilizations – India through Greece 

 

 

 

Middle School:

Grade 6

  • Essay writing
  • Earth science & astronomy
  • Business math, pre-algebra, & geometry
  • Physics
  • Physical & economic geography
  • Roman & Medieval history

 

 

 

 

Grade 7 

  • Creative writing, essays, & grammar
  • Algebra & geometry
  • Physics & chemistry
  • Biology – human physiology & health
  • Cultural geography
  • Renaissance, Reformation & Age of Discovery

 

  


 Grade 8

  • Creative & expository writing
  • News reporting
  • Algebra & geometry
  • Physics & chemistry
  • Biology – human anatomy
  • Cultural geography
  • History – 1600 to present
  • Student designed individual study

 

 

 

 

 

Subjects of Special Study at Cape Ann Waldorf School Are Integrated with and Support the Main Lesson Academic Work (Above)

Foreign Language: German and Spanish (both languages, Grades 1-8)

Handwork: knitting, felting, sewing, crochet, cross stitch, basic weaving, woodworking (Grades 1-8)

Music:
 flute (Grades 1 & 2), recorder (Grades 3-8), stringed instruments (Grades 3-8), chorus (Middle School)

Art: wet-on-wet watercolor painting, form drawing, beeswax and clay modeling, perspective drawing (Grades 1-8)

Movement:
eurythmy, Bothmer gymnastics, group games (Grades 1-5); Olympic pentathlon (5), sports (6-8), afterschool cross country and basketball (6-8)

Drama: all students have parts in an annual class play based on a main lesson block (Grades 1-8)