Providing exceptional education for your child
Beginning with the intimacy and warmth of our parents-toddler classes, progressing through our joyful nursery and kindergartens and through the challenging and experiential curriculum of our grades (currently up to Grade 4), we hope to realize in a few years, the culmination of academic and artistic rigor of a high school here at Waldorf School Singapore. We are striving to offer an exceptional education for your child from toddler to young teens now, and young adults in the future.
Our school fosters the capacities for a successful, purposeful and joyful life, ignites intrinsic passion for learning and inspires responsibility for self, community and the world. These include confidence and self-discipline, the ability to think independently and work with others, mastery of analytical and critical faculties, fluency with creative and artistic expression, and reverence for the beauty and wonder of the world.
Inspiring passion for the future
In the elementary grades, the class teacher brings lessons alive through vivid characterizations and absorbing activities that heighten students` curiosity and engages them both intellectually and emotionally.
In two-hour main lesson blocks of three to four weeks each, children create their own subject books that reflect the diversity and breadth of the curriculum through essays, scientific observations, illustrations, wet-on-wet paintings, hand-drawn maps, and form drawings. Math and language arts practice are woven into the main lessons that focus on everything from botany to local geography to grammar.
Starting with first grade, the class teacher usually stays with the class for eight years. The teacher and students come to know and understand each other in a deep way. The security from these long-term relationships enhances learning, confidence, and social and emotional skills, while ensuring that each child gets his or her individual needs fulfilled.
Waldorf Early Childhood programs provide children and families with a warm and nurturing experience. Free play alternates with group activities, such as circle time for songs, finger plays and games, movement, painting, beeswax modeling, crafts, cooking, storytelling and puppetry. Children experience all the activities with a sense of joy, yet each develops capacities, including fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and language. Daily outside play encourages children to engage in more active movement involving the whole body. The seasons of the year are observed and celebrated with festivals.
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; because there is a list divided by commas.
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 Asian tales, reading, spelling, writing, composition, grammar, punctuation and parts of speech, cursive writing practice, higher multiplication tables, weights, measures and money.
Local Native Asian studies and Singapore 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; Asia 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 Middle East and Europe, mineralogy, physics (acoustics, magnetism, optics and heat), botany, astronomy, composition, grammar, spelling, biographies, geometric drawing with instruments, and business math.
History through biographies (1400 to 1700), Age of Exploration, the Renaissance and Reformation, Shakespeare class play, African and American geography, physics (mechanics), physiology, astronomy, inorganic chemistry, poetry composition, grammar, spelling, literature, arithmetic, introduction to Algebra and the Golden Mean.
Modern history, civics, world literature, short story reading and writing, world economic geography, physics (density and weight), organic chemistry, physiology, and algebra.
Typical Day, Third Grade
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome
9:10- 9:40 Recorder-playing and singing, movement, speech, memorization
- games involving math or strategy, sequencing events, reasoning and collaboration
- math practice and review
- Spelling - written and oral
- Speech / Recitation - both long pieces that require memorization, and/ or shorter
9:45 - 10:30 Main Lesson (11-12 blocks per year)
Example: Fibres and Clothing, History starting with the Creation of the World, Measurement
- Review and practice from previous lesson (math or reading)
- New lesson
- Quiet working time, writing in main lesson book
- Myth from Old Testament - These images meet the child developmentally as well as provide characters for working out math problems
10:30 - 10:45 Snack break, recess
10:45 - 11.30 Chinese
11:30 - 11:45 Snack break, recess
11:45 - 12:30 Painting or Music or second foreign language German
12:30 - 13:00 Lunch, Recess
13:00 - 13:45 Movement or Exercise lesson, Gardening.....
13:45 - 14:00 Closing of the Day, story all classes together to breath out