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Gym - Course Description 9th Grade

In the first semester of gym, students review the basic vocabulary, rules, and techniques of volleyball and basketball. Students are expected to come to class every day with proper attire and are expected to participate fully in every activity. Students examine their own areas of strength, weakness, and progress; they help to organize teams and structure games. At the end of each class, students participate in fast-paced games and mini-tournaments.

Welcome to 4th Grade Strings!

Music lessons are taught by both the main class teachers and by special subjects music teachers. Singing is an integral component of all classroom activity in the Early Childhood and Grades curriculum. Additionally, first graders begin instrumental music instruction in pentatonic flute and lyre. Third graders begin string instruction with a choice of violin, viola, cello or bass. Students in grades five and up sing in choral groups and participate in either band or orchestra. High school students participate in chorus as well as selecting a music elective. Their choices include string ensemble, jazz band, percussion, guitar and vocal ensemble. All year round, in numerous opportunities, Waldorf students perform instrumental, orchestral, and choral compositions in public performances, school assemblies, musical plays and special community events.

Welcome to 4th Grade Strings!

Music lessons are taught by both the main class teachers and by special subjects music teachers. Singing is an integral component of all classroom activity in the Early Childhood and Grades curriculum. Additionally, first graders begin instrumental music instruction in pentatonic flute and lyre. Third graders begin string instruction with a choice of violin, viola, cello or bass. Students in grades five and up sing in choral groups and participate in either band or orchestra. High school students participate in chorus as well as selecting a music elective. Their choices include string ensemble, jazz band, percussion, guitar and vocal ensemble. All year round, in numerous opportunities, Waldorf students perform instrumental, orchestral, and choral compositions in public performances, school assemblies, musical plays and special community events.

Welcome to 5th Grade Band!

Music lessons are taught by both the main class teachers and by special subjects music teachers. Singing is an integral component of all classroom activity in the Early Childhood and Grades curriculum. Additionally, first graders begin instrumental music instruction in pentatonic flute and lyre. Third graders begin string instruction with a choice of violin, viola, cello or bass. Students in grades five and up sing in choral groups and participate in either band or orchestra. High school students participate in chorus as well as selecting a music elective. Their choices include string ensemble, jazz band, percussion, guitar and vocal ensemble. All year round, in numerous opportunities, Waldorf students perform instrumental, orchestral, and choral compositions in public performances, school assemblies, musical plays and special community events.

Welcome to 5th Grade Orchestra!

In 5th Grade Orchestra students will learn,

Careful tuning
D Major Scale, two octaves
G Major Scale, two octaves
C Major Scale, two octaves
F Major Scale
B flat Major Scale
Minor tonality
Dotted rhythms, 16th  notes.
Slurs.
6/8 time signature.

Welcome to 5th Grade Spanish!

Students are taught both Spanish & German in alternating blocks as part of the standard World Languages curriculum that starts in first grade and continues through the end of middle school. High school students then choose either German or Spanish as a language for further dedicated study. Chicago Waldorf School offers a strong foreign exchange program that provides High School students the option of hosting and staying with a Waldorf student from a European or Latin American country and attending their Waldorf school as a means of cultural and social immersion in the student’s chosen study of language and its originating cultures.

Welcome to 6th Grade Band!

Music lessons are taught by both the main class teachers and by special subjects music teachers. Singing is an integral component of all classroom activity in the Early Childhood and Grades curriculum. Additionally, first graders begin instrumental music instruction in pentatonic flute and lyre. Third graders begin string instruction with a choice of violin, viola, cello or bass. Students in grades five and up sing in choral groups and participate in either band or orchestra. High school students participate in chorus as well as selecting a music elective. Their choices include string ensemble, jazz band, percussion, guitar and vocal ensemble. All year round, in numerous opportunities, Waldorf students perform instrumental, orchestral, and choral compositions in public performances, school assemblies, musical plays and special community events.

Welcome to 6th Grade Orchestra!

In 5th Grade Orchestra students will learn,

Careful tuning
D Major Scale, two octaves
G Major Scale, two octaves
C Major Scale, two octaves
F Major Scale
B flat Major Scale
Minor tonality
Dotted rhythms, 16th  notes.
Slurs.
6/8 time signature.

Welcome to 6th Grade Spanish

Students are taught both Spanish & German in alternating blocks as part of the standard World Languages curriculum that starts in first grade and continues through the end of middle school. High school students then choose either German or Spanish as a language for further dedicated study. Chicago Waldorf School offers a strong foreign exchange program that provides High School students the option of hosting and staying with a Waldorf student from a European or Latin American country and attending their Waldorf school as a means of cultural and social immersion in the student’s chosen study of language and its originating cultures.

Welcome to 7th Grade Band!

Music lessons are taught by both the main class teachers and by special subjects music teachers. Singing is an integral component of all classroom activity in the Early Childhood and Grades curriculum. Additionally, first graders begin instrumental music instruction in pentatonic flute and lyre. Third graders begin string instruction with a choice of violin, viola, cello or bass. Students in grades five and up sing in choral groups and participate in either band or orchestra. High school students participate in chorus as well as selecting a music elective. Their choices include string ensemble, jazz band, percussion, guitar and vocal ensemble. All year round, in numerous opportunities, Waldorf students perform instrumental, orchestral, and choral compositions in public performances, school assemblies, musical plays and special community events.

Welcome to 7th Grade Orchestra!

In 7th Grade Orchestra students will learn,

Careful tuning
D Major Scale, two octaves
G Major Scale, two octaves
C Major Scale, two octaves
F Major Scale
B flat Major Scale
Minor tonality
Dotted rhythms, 16th  notes.
Slurs.
6/8 time signature.

Welcome to 7th Grade Physics

The 7th Grade physics course continues and deepens our studies of physics from 6th grade, and adds several new areas of research.  Continuing to work through close observation and experimentation, and using all of our senses, we strive to find lawful relationships within the areas of: (1) illumination and seeing (especially image formation using a variety of materials, in particular mirrors and the camera obscura), (2) warming and cooling (especially thermal mediating and expansive/contractive properties of materials), (3) wet cell electrical phenomena (contrasted with triboelectric “dry” electrical effects in 6th grade) and a beginning introduction to electrical circuits, and, (4) new this year: lever principles and rotational balance.  At the end of the course, the successful student will have honed her/his skills of attention to the phenomena of the natural world and be able to describe them accurately, originally and richly using written word, illustration, metaphor and mathematics.

Welcome to 8th Grade Band!

Music lessons are taught by both the main class teachers and by special subjects music teachers. Singing is an integral component of all classroom activity in the Early Childhood and Grades curriculum. Additionally, first graders begin instrumental music instruction in pentatonic flute and lyre. Third graders begin string instruction with a choice of violin, viola, cello or bass. Students in grades five and up sing in choral groups and participate in either band or orchestra. High school students participate in chorus as well as selecting a music elective. Their choices include string ensemble, jazz band, percussion, guitar and vocal ensemble. All year round, in numerous opportunities, Waldorf students perform instrumental, orchestral, and choral compositions in public performances, school assemblies, musical plays and special community events.

Welcome to Early Childhood & The Daisy Garden Class!

Play is at the heart of the Waldorf Early Childhood Program. Children develop the capacity for creative thinking, problem-solving and social skills through their free imaginative play. Simple, natural materials – pieces of wood, seashells, beeswax and handcrafted toys – encourage children to form their own games and stories.
Free play is balanced with structured activities as the children engage in watercolor painting, handwork, seasonal crafts and movement opportunities such as circle time and eurythmy. Following the seasons, they are often led on nature walks and enjoy free play outdoors every day.

Hearing stories told aloud and watching puppet plays cultivate the imagination and strengthen the ability to listen and communicate. Songs and nursery rhymes inspire a love of language and of music. Preparing snacks together, baking bread and cleaning up afterward encourage cooperation and sense of responsibility. Skills foundations are also being laid for academics such as math and reading. All these activities enrich the early childhood experience in daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms that create a bridge from home to school.

Chicago Waldorf Early Childhood Program strives to honor and respect the beauty of being a child. The environment allows children to be children in rooms that are warm, colorful and filled with nature’s beauty and variety. It is a place where children can let their imaginations roam and where their natural sense of wonder can flourish.

Good morning dear Earth
Good morning dear sun

Good morning dear trees
And the flowers, every one
Good morning, dear bees
And the birds in the trees

Good morning to you
And good morning to me

Welcome to Early Childhood & the Morning Glory Garden!

Play is at the heart of the Waldorf Early Childhood Program. Children develop the capacity for creative thinking, problem-solving and social skills through their free imaginative play. Simple, natural materials – pieces of wood, seashells, beeswax and handcrafted toys – encourage children to form their own games and stories.

Free play is balanced with structured activities as the children engage in watercolor painting, handwork, seasonal crafts and movement opportunities such as circle time and eurythmy. Following the seasons, they are often led on nature walks and enjoy free play outdoors every day.

Hearing stories told aloud and watching puppet plays cultivate the imagination and strengthen the ability to listen and communicate. Songs and nursery rhymes inspire a love of language and of music. Preparing snacks together, baking bread and cleaning up afterward encourage cooperation and sense of responsibility. Skills foundations are also being laid for academics such as math and reading. All these activities enrich the early childhood experience in daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms that create a bridge from home to school.

Chicago Waldorf Early Childhood Program strives to honor and respect the beauty of being a child. The environment allows children to be children in rooms that are warm, colorful and filled with nature’s beauty and variety. It is a place where children can let their imaginations roam and where their natural sense of wonder can flourish.

Good morning dear Earth
Good morning dear sun

Good morning dear trees
And the flowers, every one
Good morning, dear bees
And the birds in the trees

Good morning to you
And good morning to me

Welcome to Early Childhood & the Rose Garden!

Play is at the heart of the Waldorf Early Childhood Program. Children develop the capacity for creative thinking, problem-solving and social skills through their free imaginative play. Simple, natural materials – pieces of wood, seashells, beeswax and handcrafted toys – encourage children to form their own games and stories.
Free play is balanced with structured activities as the children engage in watercolor painting, handwork, seasonal crafts and movement opportunities such as circle time and eurythmy. Following the seasons, they are often led on nature walks and enjoy free play outdoors every day.

Hearing stories told aloud and watching puppet plays cultivate the imagination and strengthen the ability to listen and communicate. Songs and nursery rhymes inspire a love of language and of music. Preparing snacks together, baking bread and cleaning up afterward encourage cooperation and sense of responsibility. Skills foundations are also being laid for academics such as math and reading. All these activities enrich the early childhood experience in daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms that create a bridge from home to school.

Chicago Waldorf Early Childhood Program strives to honor and respect the beauty of being a child. The environment allows children to be children in rooms that are warm, colorful and filled with nature’s beauty and variety. It is a place where children can let their imaginations roam and where their natural sense of wonder can flourish.

Good morning dear Earth
Good morning dear sun

Good morning dear trees
And the flowers, every one
Good morning, dear bees
And the birds in the trees

Good morning to you
And good morning to me