Enhancing academic education through experiential learning

 

Throughout their years at Halton Waldorf School, students experience a number of hands-on and enriching trips, celebrations and special events that integrate academic learning with the community and world at large. These typical experiences bring our curriculum alive and engage your child’s head, heart and hands at each stage of development, encouraging lifelong connections and a deeper understanding of the world. A study of farming life in Grade Three is enlivened with an overnight expedition to a local working farm, where students can experience first-hand the daily activities of farm life. What better way to make Grade Six geology come alive, than to explore a geological site in an old Ontario mining town? After classroom learning, students dig, discover, sort and identify authentic rocks and minerals. In their final year, as students prepare to transition to high school, a wilderness expedition to Northern Ontario provides a rite of passage that encourages personal growth, a connection to the land and the opportunity to develop leadership skills. These are only a few examples of how teachers actively engage the students in their learning.

Ecology in the curriculum

A core principle of the Waldorf curriculum is to develop in our students an appreciation for the natural world. Our wooded landscape and grounds allow for a hands-on ecological approach; beginning in Grade One, students participate in our composting and recycling program and throughout the grades have the opportunity to experience gardening, building, hiking, and plenty of outdoor free play.

 

 


"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

-William Butler Yeats