Each grade has an overriding developmental theme. The curriculum for each grade is a response to the developmental phase through which the children are passing.
The curriculum used at the New Village School is inspired by and based on indications given by Rudolf Steiner and collected in the book Pedagogical Tasks, Teaching Goals and Curriculum Content of a Waldorf School by Tobias Richter. This book is used in Steiner schools around the world. The New Village School uses the picture of human development described by Rudolf Steiner and has expanded on and modified the above-mentioned curriculum to suit the needs of children in a 21st century world in this particular geographical, historical and cultural space in which the school finds itself.
Dr. Steiner describes human development as moving in 7-year cycles. He describes very clearly what underlying experience of the world the children should have during the three 7-year cycle phases that they experience at school. During the first phase, 0-7 years, the children should experience that, “the world is good." In the second phase, 7-14 years, the students should experience that “the world is beautiful" and in the final phase, 14-21 years, that "the world is true."
All subjects are taught artistically, including through the visual and performing arts. Teaching here is done in "blocks." This is the time when the children work with their teachers for blocks of approximately three weeks on one particular subject. During each block, a lesson book is created by the children. This book is the equivalent of a text book, but in this case, a text book that is written by and is specific to the class and the children in that class. The children learn to take the greatest of care with their books. The children develop a sense for the symmetry and aesthetics of a written page.
Each child's progress is characterized thoroughly in parent/teacher conferences and in a written document at the end of each school year. As the students move towards High School age, they are made familiar with conventional tests and the grading system that goes along with them.
A very strong emphasis is placed upon the building of relationships between the child and his/her teacher, the child and the other children and the child and the content of each lesson. Thus learning becomes truly meaningful and each child’s motivation remains an inner one. To understand the breadth and depth of our program, please also visit the Ak-a-de-méia page for a more detailed information.