Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home school parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming second grade school year in five full days brimming 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 second grade child in depth. 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 second 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.
Your course will be chock-full of key second grade topics such as:
- Selecting and crafting story content of legends and saintly figures
- Inspiring young readers and “almost” readers
- Working with word families, spelling, and handwriting
- Developing new steps in arithmetic
- Artistic activities integral to the second grade curriculum, such as singing, drawing, and modeling
These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, music, and movement, 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.
Handouts relevant to your week will be provided to you upon your arrival on campus. 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.
Karen Atkinson is a class teacher at the Waldorf School of Princeton. A longtime Waldorf educator, with a focus on the early grades, Karen has taught at several Waldorf schools since 1995. Prior to arriving at PWS, Karen was most recently on the faculty of the River Valley Waldorf School, where she was a class teacher, pedagogical coordinator for the lower school, and a member of the Board of Trustees. She also taught at Monadnock and Green Meadow Waldorf schools and, prior to moving into grades teaching, was a Waldorf early childhood educator for many years. Karen, who serves as the Mid-Atlantic regional representative to AWSNA, completed Orton-Gillingham Comprehensive Training, received her undergraduate degree in liberal arts, with a focus in education, from Vermont College, and her Waldorf teaching certification in both elementary and early childhood education from Antioch New England Graduate School, from which she holds a master’s degree in education.
Your course also includes visual art with Kelly Beekman, music and movement specialists TBD.
Students who took a Summer Series grades course previously with Karen had this to say:
~ The class was held well. Karen’s presence and ideas were inspiring.
~ Karen is clearly a master teacher with many insights not only as class teacher but also as a AWSNA member rep and school governance administrator.
~ Karen was such an inspiration. I could not have asked for a better role model this week.
~ Karen clearly thought through this class with great care. She brought inspiration, love, ideas, and practical applications.
~ She taught this course with grace, skill, and masterful attention and care. What a fabulous week! I couldn’t have hoped for more.
Should you wish to further expand your artistic experience, you may be interested in Crafts in the Early Grades, our skills-based workshop which begins the Friday evening immediately preceding your grades course and concludes that Sunday afternoon just before your course begins.
Sunday, June 28: Optional campus tour: 5:30-6pm; registration: 6-7pm; orientation and your first class: 7-9pm
Monday, June 29-Thursday, July 2: Classes begin each day at 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with time for lunch and short mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.
Friday, July 3: Classes begin 8-8:30am and end between 12-1pm, with a mid-morning break.
$860 includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee
Discount Options (Options 1-3 may not be combined)
1. Volume Discounts for Schools
- If a school sends between 2-4 attendees, that school’s invoice will reflect an overall 20% discount.
- If a school sends 5 or more attendees, that school’s invoice will reflect an overall 30% discount.
These discounts do not apply to Waldorf Weekend registrations, as all Waldorf Weekend registrants receive a regular $85 discounted rate if that Waldorf Weekend registration is an add-on to another course.
Qualifying for a volume is a two-step process:
- Step One: Schools should submit a volume discount form, listing all teachers/staffers the school intends to pay for and the title/s of their chosen course/s and/or workshop/s.
- Step Two: Each teacher/staffer listed on the volume discount form completes an individual registration form. Teachers/staffers who do not complete this final step of submitting an individual registration form are not considered registered.
Schools will be invoiced in late July, based on actual attendance. A non-refundable fee—as specified on the registration form—applies to any canceled registration.
2. Combined Offerings
- 20% discounts on subsequent registrations (of equal or lesser value) will automatically appear on your registration form when you register for more than one course and/or workshop. (Exception: Waldorf Weekend, which offers an $85 discount when selected as a subsequent registration.)
3. Sunbridge Family
- Current Sunbridge program students receive a 50% discount on 1 or more registrations.
- Sunbridge program alumni receive a 15% discount on 1 or more registrations.
Discount instructions will appear on your registration form after you answer questions about your Sunbridge background in the Participant Profile section. Accounts must be in good standing.
4. Canadian Dollars
- Payments made in CAD will receive a 25% discount off the full price in US dollars. (Instructions will pop up on your registration form when you indicate you are paying in Canadian currency.)
- This discount will be applied after any other applicable discount is made.
Please contact Barbara Vitale, admissions and summer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-425-0055 x20
Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary. See registration form for refund policy.