Curriculum

Cedarwood Waldorf School covers a full spectrum of traditional academic subjects and integrates artistic activities into the academic work. This allows students to engage in learning at the emotional level. Painting, music, and story are integral parts of academic lessons so that art becomes a conduit of knowledge, not an optional add-on. Kinesthetic learning is also interwoven through movement and crafts. Cedarwood cultivates a love of, and respect for, nature and the rhythms of the seasons through seasonal celebrations and daily time outdoors.

Academic work begins in first grade, when the child is developmentally ready to begin the journey out of the realm of early childhood. The grades program is comprehensive and covers a classical curriculum in an imaginative and personal way that seeks to meet the child’s growing capacities physically, emotionally, spiritually and academically. Cedarwood’s grade school includes the full Waldorf curriculum of traditional academic subjects as well as music, eurythmy, handwork, games and two foreign languages, Spanish and Japanese.

Curriculum by Grade

The following is an abbreviated curriculum outline by grade.

Grade 1

  • Fairy tales, folk tales, nature stories
  • Pictorial and phonetic introduction to letters, form drawing, reading approached through writing
  • Qualities of numbers, introduction of the four processes in arithmetic, lower multiplication tables

Grade 2

  • Legends and animal fables
  • Reading, spelling, writing, elements of grammar
  • Arithmetic, multiplication tables, further work with the processes

Grade 3

  • Old Testament stories that introduce history and creation
  • Study of practical life, farming, house building and clothing
  • Reading, writing, original composition, grammar, punctuation and parts of speech, cursive writing
  • Higher multiplication tables, weights and measures, time and money

Grade 4

  • Grammar, letter writing, spelling, composition
  • Arithmetic, fractions
  • Local geography and history
  • Study of humans and animals
  • Telling of Norse myths and sagas
  • Orchestra

Grade 5

  • Composition, grammar, spelling
  • Decimals, ratio and proportion
  • Botany
  • History of ancient civilization through Greek myths
  • American geography related to vegetation, agriculture and economics

Grade 6

  • Grammar, composition, spelling, biography, literature
  • Introduction to algebra, geometry
  • Business math
  • Physics: acoustics, magnetism, optics and heat
  • Astronomy
  • Mineralogy
  • European and African geography, Roman and medieval history
  • Arthurian legends

Grade 7

  • Composition, spelling, grammar, literature and poetry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Physics: electricity, mechanics
  • Astronomy
  • Physiology
  • World geography
  • Age of discovery and exploration

Grade 8

  • Literature, Shakespeare, short stories, plays
  • Algebra, geometry
  • World economic geography
  • Meteorology and climatology
  • American history
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Physics: hydraulics, organic chemistry
  • Anatomy

Curriculum by Subject

Each tab below shows how the various topics are approached from grade level to grade level.

History & Geography

Grade 1

  • Fairy tales, folk tales, myths
  • Focus on timeless archetypal consciousness
  • Classroom and body geography

Grade 2

  • Legends, fables, and saint stories
  • Landscape archetypes, ecosystems
  • School exploration and neighborhood

Grade 3

  • Study of ancient civilizations
    • Old Testament
  • History of practical arts (origin of grains, farming, clothing and housing)
  • Research landscape, climate, natural resources for project.

Grade 4

  • Norse mythology and history
  • Native American stories
  • Mapmaking, bridge walk, city tour, local field trip
  • Geography of Oregon

Grade 5

  • History, geography and culture of ancient India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece
  • Political and topographical geography of North America

Grade 6

  • History, geography and culture of ancient Rome and Europe
  • Overview of continents, oceans, major mountain ranges, and river systems
  • Latitude, longitude, poles, equator and hemispheres

Grade 7

  • Middle Ages, the Age of Explorers, Renaissance
  • Biography study of artists, explorers, early scientists and inventors
  • Africa and South America geography

Grade 8

  • Revolutions (French, American, Russian, Industrial)
  • U.S. history
  • Modern history
  • World Wars I and II
  • World geography (physical, economic, cultural and religious)

Language Arts

Grade 1

  • Alphabet and letters
  • Word families
  • Rhyme words
  • Write and copy sentences
  • Fairy and folk tales
  • Oral recitation

Grade 2

  • Lowercase writing
  • Compose simple sentences
  • Reading
  • Dictation
  • Phonetics
  • Punctuation
  • Consonant blend and vowel combinations

Grade 3

  • Cursive writing
  • Parts of speech
  • Dictation
  • Short compositions
  • Sentences
  • Journaling
  • Reading
  • Punctuation
  • Oral recitation

Grade 4

  • Sentence to paragraph, dictations, compositions (descriptive writing, story recounting)
  • Pattern layer of spelling
  • Tenses introduced
  • Research project and presentation

Grade 5

  • Direct and indirect speech, active and passive voice
  • Research project
  • Mood of writing
  • Creative and descriptive writing

Grade 6

  • Independent composition
  • Structuring and sentence diagramming
  • Self-editing
  • Arthurian legends
  • The Quest

Grade 7

  • Creative, nonfiction (essays, note taking, research), expository, narrative, and descriptive styles of writing
  • Grammar (advanced usage of active/passive verbs, complex adjectives and adverbs)

Grade 8

  • Poetry styles: epic, lyric, dramatic
  • Research skills
  • Figures of speech
  • Styles of composition
  • Editing, grammar, spelling

Mathematics

Grade 1

  • Quality of numbers
  • Recognize four operations, number patterns, odd and even numbers
  • Grouping and estimation

Grade 2

  • Applying operation principles
  • Number patterns and relationships
  • Geometric patterns
  • Place value
  • Times tables

Grade 3

  • Number patterns, money, time, measurement, geometric patterns, borrowing and regrouping
  • Introduction to long division and multiplication

Grade 4

  • Fractions (proper, improper, mixed numbers, addition, subtraction)
  • Averages
  • Factoring
  • Measurement
  • Long division and multiplication algorithms

Grade 5

  • Fractions and mixed numbers (multiply and divide)
  • Decimals
  • Lowest common multiples and greatest common factors
  • Percentages and ratios
  • Number theory

Grade 6

  • Geometry, ratios, proportion, percentages, graphing, area and perimeter
  • Probability, mean, median, mode, problem solving
  • Business math

Grade 7

  • Ratio and proportion
  • Algebra (positive and negative numbers)
  • Geometry: area, angles, graphing, integers
  • Associative, commutative and distributive properties

Grade 8

  • Algebra: polynomials, binomials
  • Distributive, commutative and associative properties
  • Graphing relationships
  • Platonic solids
  • Pythagorean theorem

Science

Grade 1

  • Natural and seasonal effect on plants, animals and humans through stories and nature walks
  • Body geography

Grade 2

  • Nature walks
  • Gardening
  • Nature studies
  • Animal characteristics
  • Sharpen observation skills

Grade 3

  • Animal husbandry and farming
  • Building techniques and relationship to environment
  • Farm trip

Grade 4

  • Animal physiology
  • Map and compass skills
  • Geographical regions and environments

Grade 5

  • Historical maps
  • North American geography
  • Botany (plant life cycle, trees and climate)

Grade 6

  • Geology
  • Physics (acoustics, optics, thermodynamics, magnetism)
  • Geocentric astronomy
  • Geology and mineralogy

Grade 7

  • Physics (mechanics, optics, acoustics, heat, electricity)
  • Inorganic chemistry (combustion, chemical properties, oxygen)
  • Physiology
  • Astronomy

Grade 8

  • Physics (hydro and aero mechanics, electricity)
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physiology
  • Meteorology
  • Computer science

Art

Grade 1

  • Straight and curved lines
  • Primary and secondary colors
  • Wet-on-wet painting
  • Crayon drawing
  • Beeswax modeling

Grade 2

  • Form drawing; vertical and horizontal symmetry
  • Wet-on-wet painting
  • Crayon drawing
  • Beeswax modeling
  • Seasonal crafts

Grade 3

  • Watercolor form and technique
  • Explore light and shading
  • Express mood with color
  • Increase detail in drawings

Grade 4

  • Watercolor: animal forms, landscapes
  • Form drawing: braiding and knots
  • Modeling with clay
  • Colored pencil and oil pastel drawing

Grade 5

  • Watercolor: plants, geography, ancient cultures
  • Colored pencil: drawing and shading
  • Multimedia art and freehand geometry

Grade 6

  • Colored wheel
  • Three-dimensionality through light and dark
  • Master shading
  • Border techniques
  • Charcoal and pastel

Grade 7

  • Light and shadow
  • Perspective
  • Veil painting
  • Wet-on-dry watercolor
  • Portraits and the human figure
  • Clay modeling

Grade 8

  • Composition and proportion in drawing
  • Pastels
  • Modeling from the human form

Japanese & Spanish

Grade 1

  • Greetings
  • Colors
  • Seasonal verses and songs
  • Family members
  • Numbers 1-50
  • Parts of the body
  • Folk tales

Grade 2

  • Daily activities
  • Clothing
  • Nature
  • Months, days of the week, and seasons
  • Numbers 1-100
  • Answer simple questions
  • Fables

Grade 3

  • Gardening and food
  • Time
  • Trade
  • House
  • Furniture
  • Transportation
  • Daily activities
  • Recognition of personal pronouns

Grade 4

  • Reading, writing, spelling, speaking common words and simple sentences
  • Reciting longer verses and text

Grade 5

  • Simple paragraphs
  • Regular and irregular verbs in present tense
  • Answer questions
  • Creation stories
  • Botany
  • Geography

Grade 6

  • Vocabulary review through writing and reading
  • Written compositions
  • Grammar
  • History and culture
  • Geography

Grade 7

  • Literature, research and presentations on culture
  • Tenses (past, present, future)
  • Dictionary use
  • Creative story and poetry writing

Grade 8

  • Composition
  • Oral presentations
  • Geography
  • History
  • Vocabulary, grammar, and syntax review
  • Articulation of “self"
  • Conversational skill building

Handwork / Practical Arts

Grade 1

  • Finger knitting
  • Knitting needle construction
  • Introduction to knitting through story and song

Grade 2

  • Purl knitting
  • Stockinette stitch
  • Carrying color
  • Work on long-term projects
  • Simple sewing to assemble pieces

Grade 3

  • Introduction to crochet; single and double stitches
  • Basic two- and three-dimensional shaping
  • Increasing and decreasing stitches

Grade 4

  • Introduction to simple embroidery
  • Cross stitch
  • 4-way mirror-image patterns
  • Butterfly stitch

Grade 5

  • Practical arts begin: safe tool use and woodcarving
  • Clay modeling
  • Handwork: knitting in the round, reading and writing knitting patterns

Grade 6

  • Practical arts: master basic woodcarving techniques
  • Handwork: master sewing stitches, hand-sew a 3-D animal

Grade 7

  • Practical arts: soapstone bowl carving, clay modeling
  • Handwork: mastering various hand-sewing skills

Grade 8

  • Practical arts: carving a bone, woodworking service project
  • Handwork: construct and machine-sew garment from pattern
  • Quilting

Music

Grade 1

  • Sing melodies by imitation
  • Instruction of interval and pentatonic flute
  • Listen and play notes by ear
  • Pentatonic songs and stories

Grade 2

  • Sing and play pentatonic melodies by ear
  • International folk songs and dances
  • Pitch recognition

Grade 3

  • Sing C major scale
  • Diatonic flute
  • Sing in rounds
  • Play in lyre choir
  • Choose a string instrument and start private lessons

Grade 4

  • Introduction of orchestral ensemble work
  • Music theory and musical notation
  • Sight reading and rhythm exercises

Grade 5

  • Deepen orchestral ensemble work. through complex harmonies and sight reading
  • Harmony and two- and three-part singing

Grade 6

  • Expanded orchestral experience
  • Exploration of many different kind of instruments
  • Cultivation of improvisational skills

Grade 7

  • Choose a major and minor instrument to explore for the year
  • Research and experience of a wide variety of musical genres

Grade 8

  • Deepening understanding of music theory
  • Service work for the community
  • Composition

Movement

Grade 1

  • Physical activities and games in the classroom and outdoors
  • Circle games, singing games, clapping rhythms and jumping ropes

Grade 2

  • Circle and gross motor games
  • Rhythmic exercises in unison
  • Tumbling and floor work

Grade 3

  • Circle games
  • Relays
  • Gymnastics
  • Ball skills
  • Collaborative games
  • Physical and social learning

Grade 4

  • Cooperative games
  • Tag and running games
  • Group ball and sports lead-up games
  • Circus skills
  • Tumbling and group pyramids
  • Native American games

Grade 5

  • Olympiad preparation
  • Ball games
  • Frisbee and running games
  • Circus skills
  • Tumbling and group pyramids
  • Cooperative games and problem solving

Grade 6

  • Medieval games preparation
  • Beginning team sports
  • Circus skills and act creations

Grade 7

  • Team sports
  • Track and field
  • Fitness and posture
  • Balance and circus skills
  • Gymnastics
  • Archery

Grade 8

  • Team sports
  • Fitness and posture
  • Track and field
  • Circus skills
  • Gymnastics
  • Leadership roles

Our School Day

The start time for grades 1-8 is 8:15 a.m. and release is 3:15 p.m., with the exception of early release Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.

The first grade is released at 1:15 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Second grade is released at 1:15 p.m. on Fridays.

Cedarwood Waldorf School is a fully accredited member of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).