TRWS Grades 1-8 Curriculum
History, language arts, science and math are taught in main lesson blocks of three to five weeks during the morning main lesson hours.
Main Lesson Block
One subject is the focus each morning for several weeks at a time allowing the teacher to develop a wide variety of activities around this particular subject. 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 speech, and work with concentration exercises using body movements.
Afternoons are devoted to lessons in which the whole child is active: eurythmy (artistically guided movement to music and speech), handwork or gym. Thus the day has a rhythm that helps overcome fatigue and enhances balanced learning.
Teachers present short “run-through” lessons that often require the students to recite information. Foreign languages are customarily taught from first grade on and these lend themselves well to these later morning periods.
Primary Grades (1-3)
Pictorial introduction to the alphabet, speech work, writing, reading, spelling, poetry, and drama
Folk and fairy tales, fables, legends, Old Testament stories
Numbers, basic mathematical processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
Nature stories, house building, and gardening.
Middle Grades (4-6)
Writing, reading, spelling, grammar, poetry, speech work and drama.
Norse, Greek, Roman mythology, history and stories of ancient civilizations.
Review of the four mathematical processes, fractions, percentages, and geometry.
Local and world geography, comparative zoology, botany, and elementary physics.
Upper Grades (7-8)
Creative writing, reading, spelling, grammar, poetry, speech work, and drama
Medieval history, Renaissance, world exploration, American history, and biography
Mathematics, geography, physics, basic chemistry, astronomy, and physiology.
Handwork: knitting, crochet, sewing, cross-stitch, basic weaving, toy-making, copper-tooling and woodworking.
Music: singing, pentatonic flute, recorder
Art: watercolor painting, form drawing, beeswax and clay modeling, perspective drawing
Movement: group games, extra lesson activities