Our Homeschool Enrichment programs span Early Childhood through Grade 8, and at each developmental stage—from toddler to young adult—address the student’s growing capacity for thinking, feeling, and willing (doing). This approach, which is sometimes referred to as learning through “head, heart, and hands,” permeates the curriculum in an ascending spiral of learning.
Our classes may include Music, Movement, Foreign Languages, Handwork, Painting, Beeswax and Clay Sculpture, Woodworking, Gardening, Drama, Speech, Physical Education and curriculum related field trips.
In our 2-year Forest TK/Kindergarten program, children learn through play and exploring our beautiful 35-acres of natural space. Our Forest Kindergarten is an outdoor program for 3.5-6 year olds. Our inquiry-based program nurtures a children’s sense of wonder and creativity. Through observing a child’s play, teachers craft meaningful play invitations, share stories or pose questions, which supports the child’s learning process.
Through joyful engagement in the Forest Kindergarten, children develop lifelong capacities for creative thinking, self-confidence and an awareness of others and their natural environment.
Children typically attend our Forest TK/Kindergarten for two years. The two-year program is akin to a plant: during the first year of Kindergarten, the seeds are planted and nourished; in the second year, the plants fully bloom and flourish.
Our Homeschool Enrichment Classes for Grades may include....
Fairy tales; folk tales and nature stories; pictorial and phonetic introduction to letters; form drawing; reading approached through writing; qualities of numbers; introduction to the four processes in arithmetic; and lower multiplication tables.
Legends of saints, multicultural folklore, animal fables, reading and writing, elements of grammar, cursive, and arithmetic, including times tables, place value, carrying and borrowing.
Introduction to history through stories of the Hebrew people, study of practical life through farming, housing, and clothing; Native American tales, reading, spelling, writing, composition, grammar, punctuation and parts of speech, cursive writing practice, higher multiplication tables, weights, measures and money.
Local Native American studies and California history and geography, Norse mythology and sagas, descriptive writing, composition and letter writing, study of the animal kingdom, and fractions.
Ancient India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece; North American geography related to vegetation, agriculture and economics, botany, Greek letters, grammar, composition, spelling and reading, arithmetic, including decimals, ratios and proportion, introduction to the Pythagorean Theorem.
History of Western civilization from Rome through the Middle Ages, rise of Islam, Arthurian legends and medieval tales, geography of South America and Europe, mineralogy, physics (acoustics, magnetism, optics and heat), botany, astronomy, composition, grammar, spelling, biographies, geometric drawing with instruments, and business math.
Our high scholastic discipline is balanced by the ongoing integration of the fine, performing and practical arts. Daily participation in the arts engages students emotionally in their own learning and develops self-awareness and aesthetic sensibilities. Students who work through their education with color and form; with music, drama, and speech; with clay, wood, fiber, metal, charcoal and ink, have not only worked creatively to activate, clarify, and strengthen their emotions, but have carried thought and feeling down into the practical exercise of the will.
By participating in the artistic process, students create beauty and objects of value, and strengthen their capacities of imagination, self-control, and clear thinking—capacities that carry over to academics as well as to everyday life situations.
Studies continue to show that the more children spend in nature, the healthier, happier, and more creative they are. Yet only about 25% of children of all ages spend time playing outdoors every day. Waldorf education respects the restorative benefits of the natural world and provides our students with a full gardening curriculum, which includes studies in farming, botany and meteorology, rich curricular field trips in nature, and lots of inviting outdoor space for joy-filled recess.