This course will be taught remotely in real-time. Details here.
Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home school parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming fourth grade school year in five days brimming with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts.
With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing on your class’s age group, you will get to know the fourth grade child in depth as they step into a more objective relationship to learning. Under the guidance of a master class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the fourth grader in a deep and meaningful 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.
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.
Your week will be chock-full of such key fourth grade topics as:
- Working with mythological story content for fourth grade literature
- Building skills in language arts
- Teaching local geography
- Discovering the world of fractions
These subjects will be supported by explorations in art and music, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.
Grade-specific resource materials useful for your year, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you electronically.
NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education.
Leslie Lew is currently fifth grade class teacher at the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School where she has worked as a class teacher since 2003. Leslie spent four years on a kibbutz in Israel, where she worked in the children’s house. After studying nursing for two years at the Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv, she completed her studies in elementary education at the Kibbutzim College of Education. She completed her Waldorf training in 1999 at the David Yellin College of Education and was hired as the English teacher at the Adam Waldorf School in Jerusalem, where she also taught handwork. In 2002, she moved to Connecticut with her family and worked as an assistant at My-Las Treehouse, a Waldorf-inspired daycare in Redding, before joining Housatonic Valley. In her free time, Leslie enjoys spending time with her family (including her three children who are all HVWS graduates), reading, gardening, and traveling.
Your course also includes visual art with Kelly Beekman and music with Patti Regan of Berkshire Waldorf School.
This course runs Sunday evening, June 21-noontime, Friday, June 26, in a synchronous online classroom. See main summer page for format and times.
$550 includes resource materials and two conference calls during the school year. See main summer page for discount options.
Please contact Barbara Vitale, admissions and summer coordinator, at [email protected] or 845-425-0055 x20
Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary.