This course will be taught remotely in real-time. Details here.
This course is now full. If you wish to be contacted in the event a space opens up, please add your name to our wait list.
Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home school parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming first grade school year in five days brimming with discussions, presentations, and practical activities.
Under the guidance of a master class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and learn how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the first grader in a lively and meaningful way. 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 first grader as they cross the bridge into elementary school. 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 include such key first grade topics as:
- Finding and telling the right fairy tales and nature stories for your class
- Introducing the first steps of literacy
- Qualities of numbers and the four processes in arithmetic
- Teaching form drawing, painting, drawing, modeling, and singing
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.
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.
Calisa Tucker is currently grade one class teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. A RSSAA class teacher since 2002, Calisa graduated her second eighth grade class in 2018 and spent the following year mentoring teachers. Prior to becoming a Waldorf teacher, Calisa worked on an organizational learning and lean manufacturing internal consulting team for Ford Motor Company. Lessons learned in the automotive industry inspired her to seek out an education that nurtured systems thinking, creativity, and a love of learning. In 1999, during her Montessori teacher training, Calisa rediscovered Waldorf Education. After completing her Montessori training, she completed her Waldorf teacher education at the Waldorf Institute of Southeast Michigan. Calisa earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, and enjoys backpacking, traveling, and watching her children’s basketball games.
Your course also includes visual art with Kelly Beekman and music with Patti Regan of Berkshire Waldorf School.
This course runs Sunday evening, June 28-noontime, Friday, July 3, 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.