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A New Intellectual Journey Each Month
The school day begins with a seminar called a main lesson. During this concentrated period of the day, students take one class at a time - a new intellectual adventure each month. This provides teachers time to enter each subject in depth. Intellectual learning is always combined with artistic, rhythmical, and practical work. After a month, when one topic has been fully explored, a new main lesson is introduced.
Green in Garden City
Respect for the earth and active work on her behalf are central to our learning and integrated throughout the curriculum and the day-to-day life of the school. Many of our students continue work for environmental and sustainability issues long after graduation.
Our interdisciplinary approach to weaves together many aspects of our campus life and curriculum, and encourages students to appreciate the interconnectedness of all aspects of nature. Students observe this correlation firsthand as they cultivate the school garden using materials they find in their everyday classroom lives, and in return, the garden provides educational tools such as samples for botany classes and plants that can be made into natural dyes for fiber arts projects.
The profound relationship that develops as our children grow, care for, and harvest their plants, completes the full cycle as these students nourish themselves with the food they have grown. Some gardening sessions conclude with classes cleaning, preparing, and chopping fruits and vegetables to make meals of salads, coleslaws, and pastas using a portable stove right in the garden. Additionally, the daily salad bar at the Waldorf School of Garden City's cafeteria is often furnished with the produce grown in the garden.
Middle school students personally deliver surpluses to a local food bank. These experiences expand their view to the macrocosm, as they begin appreciate the power of sustainable agriculture in alleviating world hunger and poverty.