The history curriculum follows the stages of cultural evolution as well as meeting the developmental stage of the child’s growth, from the change of teeth through the gradual awakening of intellectual understanding to the independent analysis of their own place in the world.
Languages taught creatively in early classes through poetry, song and play performances connect children to the roots of cultures such as in our English and Mandarin lessons.
Mathematics happens in daily life from collecting pebbles or sharing fruit with friends to solving complex algebraic problems. Walking the shape of a pentagram can be a game as well as the first stage of future geometrical studies. When education arises from the present life of children, through enriching stories and relevant practical activities that develop self esteem and caring for others the child grows in confidence and remains eager to continue to learn throughout life. The Waldorf School environment encourages continual interest in life, based on the wisdom of a philosophy about education and the world that is relevant and respectful, where children and young people are nurtured physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Children learn to find creative solutions to problems in their play, social interactions and schoolwork. Artistic practical work could be painting a dragon after experiencing a festival, illustrating a chemistry experiment or planning a vegetable garden, all requiring creative planning. Through these experiences, the children cultivate a lifelong love for learning.