Summer Series 2016 course with instructor Tommi Morgan of Sunbridge Institute
Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschooling parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming first 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 first grade child in depth as he or she crosses the bridge into elementary school. 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 first 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.
In addition to inspiration and guidance which will support your teaching throughout the year, you will 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 course will include such key first grade topics as the telling of fairy tales and nature stories; teaching form drawing; and introducing consonants and vowels;as well as the qualities of numbers and the four processes in arithmetic. These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, music, and movement, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.
A useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, 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.
Tommi Morgan is a faculty member in Sunbridge’s Elementary Teacher Education program where she teaches courses in science and the humanities. She is also co-director of the teacher education program at Sound Circle Center for Arts and Anthroposophy (WA) and formerly directed Waldorf teacher training in China. An educator since 1985, Tommi has worked as a class teacher, a subject teacher, and a block teacher; she currently mentors and evaluates teachers at Waldorf schools across North America and continues to teach lower school blocks whenever possible. Tommi studied at the University of Washington where she received a BA in English, a Washington State teaching certificate, and an MAEd; she also attended Waldorf Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College (CA). She enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three children, and has recently had a grandson added to her family joys.
Students who took Approaching Grade One in summer 2015 had this to say:
~ This course was rich in practical, everyday ideas, as well as big-picture overview and mood.
~ The quality was excellent.
~ I was impressed by the amount of content covered.
~ I loved how the study took concepts of anthroposophy and put them into the specific context of first grade in a way that is immediately practical while also strengthening my overall understanding.
~ The information taught left me with a solid foundation from which to now build on for the year to come.
~ My expectations were not only met, they were exceeded.
Your course also includes music with Patti Regan of Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA) and handwork/seasonal crafts with Madeleine Wuergler of Green Meadow Waldorf School (NY).
Sunday: Optional campus tour 5:30-6pm; Registration 6-7pm; First class 7-9pm
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.
$775 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee). Discounts are available. See Summer Series page for details.
Contact Amina Phelps, Admissions & Summer Series Coordinator, at [email protected] or 845-425-0055 x20.
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.