Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming third 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 third grade child in depth as he or she experiences the nine-year change. Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and learn how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the third 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,
Your course will be chock-full of such key third grade topics as:
– Finding, crafting, and telling stories of the Hebrew Bible
– Developing literacy; expanding arithmetic skills
– Teaching time and measurement
– Ways of approaching farming and house-building
These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, movement, and music, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.
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.
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. Should you wish to further expand your understanding of key elements of Waldorf Education, we also recommend Eurythmy and the Growing Child, our Sunday afternoon workshop held immediately preceding your course.
Instructor Nancy Franco is a master Waldorf teacher of nearly 30 years, and an experienced teacher of teachers. She is currently enjoying her sabbatical year after completing her second 1-8 grade cycle at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School in 2016. Nancy began her Waldorf teaching career in Nelson, British Columbia, where she was a founding parent and teacher at the Nelson Waldorf School. She completed her first 8-year cycle there after teaching two years in Early Childhood. Nancy enjoys working with new teachers and actively mentors early grades teachers in her school. This is the third summer course that Nancy will teach at Sunbridge, having successfully taught Grades Two and Three here in summers past. She returns to the northeast after spending her sabbatical year in Canada, Australia, and Bali. Nancy’s interests outside of teaching include oil painting and the arts, theater, long distance walking, and traveling.
Sunday, July 2: Optional campus tour 5:30-6pm; Registration 6-7pm; First class runs from 7-9pm
Monday, July 3-Thursday, July 6: Classes begin each day by 8:30am and run through 5:30pm, with an hour for lunch and short mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.
Friday, July 7: Classes begin by 8:30am and end between 12-1pm, with a mid-morning break.
$795 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee). Discounts may apply; see registration form for details.
Visit https://www.sunbridge.edu for further information.