When learning is alive.

Educational research shows that students learn through their senses—and this is how recognition, memory and retention are all enhanced.  It's not just common sense.  It's proven.

See the images and captions below to get a picture of a day at Chicago Waldorf School.

JAVELIN PRACTICE ON THE SHORES OF LAKE MICHIGAN
In 5th grade, an authentic Greek pentathlon is staged, where other regional Waldorf schools compete. Greek history is also studied in this year uniting history with the strength and beauty of the growing human body.

HANDWORK
Practical arts gain complexity as fine motor skills develop: In kindergarten, children hand sew felt puppets; 1st grade—knitted hats and scarves; 2nd—stuffed gnomes; 3rd—crochet; 4th—cross-stitch pencil cases; 5th—knitted socks; 6th—felted slippers; 7th—large scale puppets; 8th—machine sewn messenger bags and pajamas.

CIRCLE TIME IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
All the major research shows that listening is the pre-cursor to reading. Teachers are present to provide gentle guidance, quiet authority and model the behavior they want the child to imitate.

MOVEMENT
Movement is life and it happens every day at CWS. From jumping rope in the classroom to group activities such as eurythmy (a form-based movement practice unique to Waldorf schools), parkour, gym, and recess. And all this happens during school hours.  After school activities include team sports for the middle and high school as well as all-school circus arts.

CLASSIC SUBJECTS—PROGRESSIVE METHODS
You remember more when you make the book yourself. Chicago Waldorf students create their own lesson books.  It helps students incorporate their learning far beyond what is typically seen in other schools.

CLASSROOM HARMONY
Our students can sit at a desk when they need to because they don’t sit at a desk all day.

HARVEST FESTIVAL
Parents get as much from the experience as children. Be a part of a community that likes to learn about children and strives toward great parenting.

TAKING PHYSICS OUT OF THE CLASSROOM
The modern world is working to innovate—we educate for it. Here students test a catapult of their own design.

ILLUSTRATED BLOCK BOOKS
Translating abstract ideas into images on the page deepens a student's relationship with the material.

ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.
Plays are not reserved for drama club.  Each grade creates a play every year, and every student in the class participates. Pictured above are 8th graders, just before their performance of Alice in Wonderland.

WOODWORKING
Hard wood or soft? Big spoon or little? Rough hewn or smooth? Eighth graders bring will and intention to make a spoon of their own design.

CHAMPION TEAM SPORTS BEGIN WITH COLLABORATION.
Every student is an athlete at Chicago Waldorf school.  With the focus on team building, sportsmanship and fun, everyone who wants to play gets a chance to play on a CWS team. Our flag football team (pictured above) were conference champions four years in a row.

SAY GOODBYE TO DUMB ART PROJECTS.
You will want the weekly painting exercises on your own walls. Watercolor on wet cotton paper begins in Early Childhood and continues throughout the grades. Wet on wet painting teaches patience, develops the eye and helps students learn how to transform mistakes into beauty.

YEARLY CLASS TRIP ADVENTURES
From a day trip to the farm in first grade to a two-week international service learning adventure in 12th grade, each class goes away as a group to share responsibilities and fun; to be in service to each other and to the larger world.

THE GIFT OF SIMPLICITY
Parent Child classes are a perfect opportunity to discuss child development, parenting issues and experience Waldorf education with a master teacher. They are also a chance to see first hand how a Waldorf education nurtures, guides and challenges children at every age.