Due to the inclement weather, the Waldorf School of Garden City will be closed on Tuesday, January 27th. Depending on when the storm ends, when the roads are safe to travel, and when our facilities staff can prepare the School for students and teachers; we will notify you on whether or not school will be open on Wednesday, January 28th.
The school day begins with a long, uninterrupted lesson. This main lesson—which may well run for two hours—allows the teacher to develop a wide variety of activities around the subject at hand. In the younger grades, lively rhythmic activities get the circulation going and bring children together as a group; they recite poems connected with the main lesson, practice tongue twisters to limber up speech, and work with concentration exercises using body movements.
Following recess, teachers present shorter "run-through" lessons with a strongly recitational character. French and German are taught from first grade on. Afternoons are devoted to lessons in which the whole child is active: eurythmy (artistically guided movement to music and speech), handwork, or gym, for example. Thus the day has a rhythm that helps overcome fatigue and enhances balanced learning.