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Approaching Grade Two: Inspiration and Guidance For Your Year

Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming second grade school year in five full days filled with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing specifically on your class’s age group, you will get to know the second grade child in depth.

Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the second grader in a meaningful and lively way. There will be time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, block planning, projects and activities, and classroom management.

Your course will be chock-full of key second grade topics such as:

– Selecting and crafting story content of legends and saintly figures
– Inspiring young readers and “almost” readers
– Working with word families, spelling, and handwriting
– Developing new steps in arithmetic
– Artistic activities integral to the second grade curriculum, such as singing, drawing, and modeling

These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, music, and movement, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

In addition to inspiration and guidance which will support your teaching throughout the year, you’ll gain many invaluable opportunities for building connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.

Useful, grade-specific resource materials, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education.


Lead Instructor

Margot Amrine teaches at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, where she has been on the faculty since 1989 and has shepherded several lower school classes; she has also chaired the School’s College and is a founding teacher of its high school. A teacher of literacy skills to children from preschool to grade 12 since 1976, Margot is also director of the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan, and mentors Waldorf teachers in the midwest area. She holds a BMA in music and art history from the University of Michigan School of Music and has been a member of the Anthroposophical Society since 1981. The instructor of Sunbridge’s 2017 “Literacy in the Early Grades,” Margot has a particular interest in language arts and in working with parents; she enjoys traveling and playing the cello.

Students who previously took a Summer Series offering with Margot had this to say:

~ Margot was an amazing teacher. Much learned!
~ Margot was great at staying focused on topic and had prepared well to cover materials in a timely manner.
~ Margot is an excellent teacher of teachers: knowledgeable, encouraging, and funny!
~ Margot always provides practical advice and examples.
~ I am going home brim full of ideas and excitement for the coming year.
~ The knowledge, the flow, the perfect amount of information, the humor, all made it a very successful workshop.

Should you wish to further expand your understanding of key elements of Waldorf Education, we also recommend Eurythmy and the Growing Child, our 2-hour workshop held on the Sunday afternoon just before your course begins. Singing and Dancing Together in Grades 1-6, our weekend workshop which begins the Friday night immediately following your course, and Watercolor Painting in the Early Grades, our 2-day workshop which begins Sunday evening, July 1, may also be of interest.


Course Schedule
Sunday, June 24: Optional campus tour 5:30-6pm; Registration 6-7pm; First session runs from 7-9pm
Monday, July 25-Thursday, June 28: Classes begin each day 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with an hour for lunch and short mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.
Friday, June 29: Classes begin 8-8:30am and end between 12-1pm, with a mid-morning break.

$825 (includes all materials and non-refundable $80 registration fee).

Discount Options

10% discounts on subsequent registrations (of equal or lesser value) automatically appear on your registration form when selecting more than one title. (Exception: Waldorf Weekend, which offers an $80 discount when selected as a subsequent registration.)

Currently enrolled Sunbridge program students receive a 30% discount and Sunbridge program graduates receive a 15% discount (not to be combined with any other offering). Discount instructions will appear on the registration form after you answer questions about your Sunbridge background in the Participant Profile section. (Account must be in good standing.) 

Schools registering 11 participants for any combination of 2, 3 and/or 5-day offerings will be rebated one tuition of the least expensive offering. (Rebate to be issued in August.)


Please contact Penelope-Myles Voss, Admissions, Alumni, and Summer Coordinator, at or 845-425-0055 x20


Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary. See registration form for refund policy.


Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
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