This year I'm teaching 5th grade at a public Waldorf school site, inheriting a class that looped with the same teacher. I began my journey at this Title I school in August and have enjoyed getting to know this delightful group of children. We are ready to learn and grow.
I'm seeking resources to bring some warmth, beauty and joy to these children in their next year of learning.
I need support in bringing a greater opportunity for living and learning through our Waldorf curriculum.
A Pentathlon by definition is an event that comprises five athletic components. Most Waldorf Pentathlons include the long jump; the javelin throw; the discus throw; wrestling; and a relay race. The community of fifth graders is mixed and sorted into four city-states: Sparta, Corinth; Athens; and Thebes.
As with all aspects of the Waldorf school curriculum, this event is designed to take advantage of the peak moment of a child’s development.
At age 11 or 12, in the fifth grade, children experience the height of childhood, just before the symptoms of puberty begin to ripen and while child-like activities are still interesting to students. The study of the history of human beings on the earth turns clearly in grade five from story, legend, and mythology, to written history – the Peloponnesian Wars, for example. The children from my Title I school will be participating with children attend 3 other Waldorf schools in our region.
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