Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming fourth grade school year in five days filled 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 he or she steps into a more objective relationship to learning.
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 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, music, and movement, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.
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.
Jennifer Rosenstein is currently class teacher for the fourth grade at the Waldorf School of Princeton. Prior to coming to Princeton in 2012, she taught grades two through eight at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City, was a class teacher for five years at the Waldorf School of Baltimore, and was a founding teacher of the Shining Rivers Waldorf School in St. Louis, Missouri. Jennifer holds bachelor’s degrees in English and history from the University of the Incarnate Word and received her Waldorf teacher training certification from Antioch New England Graduate School.
Participants who previously took a Summer Series grades course with Jennifer had this to say:
~ Jennifer lead us in such a beautiful way, and was open and honest, that made the experience unforgettable.
~ Jennifer was WONDERFUL. She explained concepts and left wonderful space for sharing. I feel I am leaving with a new outlook for my approach to my grade.
– Wonderful energy spiced up with humor and love!
~ Jennifer provided us with a joyful, inclusive learning environment. She not only facilitated wonderful discussions in the classroom but was happily willing to meet with us during lunch and breaks to answer any lingering questions.
~ One of the best instructors I have ever had.
~ This was one of the most enriching courses I’ve participated in. The circle work, philosophical discussions, writing and arithmetic overviews, and the personal development we all experienced was wonderful.
Your course also includes music with Patti Regan, art with Steve Simonak, and movement with Will Crane.
Should you wish to further expand your understanding of key elements of Waldorf Education for grades teachers, you may also be interested in either our weekend workshop Singing and Dancing Together in Grades 1-6 or our introductory Waldorf Weekend, both held Friday evening, June 29-Sunday afternoon, July 1 (immediately precededing your course).
Sunday, July 1: Optional campus tour 5:30-6pm; Registration 6-7pm; First session runs from 7-9pm
Monday, July 2-Thursday, July 5: 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, July 6: Classes begin 8-8:30am and end between 12-1pm, with a mid-morning break.
$825 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee).
10% discounts on subsequent registrations (of equal or lesser value) will automatically appear on your registration form when you select 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 making 11 registrations 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 Series Coordinator, at [email protected] or 845-425-0055 x20
Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary. See registration form for refund policy.