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Approaching Grade Five

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - Friday, July 3, 2015

Sunbridge Summer Series Approaching the Grades courses are designed for Waldorf class teachers looking ahead to the coming school year. Our focus is on building skills, and deepening knowledge of child development. Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you will journey through your grade’s subjects and explore ways to approach the blocks so that they may be imbued with depth and meaning.

There will be time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, circle activities, classroom management, block planning, and projects. Each course also includes a daily in-depth look at child development in light of anthroposophy, focusing specifically on the age group you will be teaching. This study is intended to serve as the wellspring of inspiration for the guiding thoughts and themes that will support your teaching throughout the year.

In addition to inspiration and guidance for your upcoming year, your course will give you many opportunities to build connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.

A highly-useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming fifth grade school year, in five days filled with discussions, lectures, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, you will get to know the fifth grade child in depth as he or she stands on the balancing point between childhood and adolescence.  In addition to child development, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching so that it meets the fifth grader in a meaningful and lively way. Your week will be chock-full of key fifth grade topics including the teaching of ancient cultures, culminating in Greek history and mythology; teaching free-hand geometrical drawing; developing language skills in reading and writing; expanding the reach of geography to encompass all of North America; bringing the plant kingdom to life through botany studies; and building on fractions skills toward the discovery of the decimal fraction. These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, movement, and singing, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

A highly-useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

Kevin Kilb is currently fifth grade class teacher and lower school chair at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (NY), where he has been teaching for 12 years. After completing his first eight-year cycle as a class teacher in 2008, Kevin worked for Camphill Triform as a farmer/educator and then taught English for one year at the Freie Waldorfschule Karlsruhe in Germany, before returning to Hawthorne Valley. Kevin graduated magna cum laude from Boston College and received his Waldorf Teacher Certification from Sunbridge College. An avid student himself who continues to pursue education in both practical and academic subjects, he is interested in local anthroposophical initiatives, enjoys reading about sensory integration (Waldorf/mainstream) and extra lesson work.

Course Schedule
Sunday:
 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Thursday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Friday: Classes end early afternoon.

Course Fee
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Note: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. If you are new to Waldorf Education, we strongly recommend also registering for a Waldorf Weekend workshop (February 13-14 / June 26-28 / July 17-19) or our Exploring Waldorf Elementary Class Teaching course (June 21-24) as a complement to your Grades course. To further enrich your experience and expand your knowledge, we  recommend registering for our Eurythmy and the Growing Child workshop (June 28).

Registration: Click here to register.

Sunbridge Institute reserves the right to cancel any offering at any time. If Sunbridge cancels, all registrants will be notified and will receive a full refund. If the registrant cancels, he or she will receive a full refund less the non-refundable registration fee.  Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015
End:
Friday, July 3, 2015
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Start:
Sunday, June 28, 2015
End:
Friday, July 3, 2015
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