This course will be taught remotely in real-time. Details here.
This course is now full and is no longer accepting registrations. If you wish to be contacted in the event a space opens up, please add your name to our waiting list.
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 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.
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 and music with Patti Regan of Berkshire Waldorf School.
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.
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. See registration form for refund policy.