Grades 1-8 Waldorf Education at Micha-el School

Academic work begins in first grade, when the child is developmentally ready to begin the journey out of the magical 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 children’s growing capacities physically, emotionally, spiritually, and academically. The Micha-el School’s grade school includes the full Waldorf curriculum of traditional academic subjects as well as music, eurythmy, handwork, games, and two foreign languages- German and Spanish. The following is an abbreviated curriculum outline by grade.

Grade 1 Art from Waldorf Education provided by the Micha-el SchoolGrade One

  • 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
  • Fairy tales, folk tales, nature stories
  • Pentatonic flute

Grade Two

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

Grade Three

  • Reading, writing, original compositions, grammar, punctuation and parts of speech, cursive writing
  • Higher multiplication tables, weights and measures, time and money
  • Old Testament stories that introduce history and creation
  • Practical life skills study including: farming, house building and gardening

4th Grade Art from Waldorf Education provided by the Micha-el SchoolGrade Four

  • Grammar, composition, spelling and letter writing
  • Fractions, multiplication, division
  • Oregon geography and history
  • Study of humans and animals
  • Telling of Norse myths and sagas

Grade 5 Art from Waldorf Education provided by the Micha-el SchoolGrade Five

  • Composition, grammar, spelling and reading
  • Decimals, fractions, freehand geometry
  • North American geography
  • Botany
  • History of ancient civilizations including: India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece
  • Greek myths, culture and language

Grade Six

  • Composition, grammar, spelling
  • Ratio, percentage, algebraic formulas, artistic geometry with instruments, business math
  • Central and South American geography
  • Geology, astronomy and physics
  • Roman and medieval history

Grade 6 Art from Waldorf Education provided by the Micha-el SchoolGrade Seven

  • Algebra
  • Creative writing, composition, grammar, spelling
  • World geography, The Renaissance, Voyages of Discovery
  • Physics, physiology, astronomy, chemistry
  • Composition, grammar, spelling

Grade 8 Art from Waldorf Education provided by the Micha-el SchoolGrade Eight

  • Shakespeare, poetry, practical writing, speech, recitation
  • American history, world geography
  • Physics, anatomy, organic chemistry
  • Algebra, solid geometry

Subject Classes

  • Spanish 1st – 8th grade
  • German 1st – 8th grade
  • Handwork 1st – 8th grade
  • Eurythmy 1st – 8th grade
  • Games and PE 4th – 8th grade
  • Strings (Violin, viola or cello) 3rd – 8th grade 
  • Band 6th – 8th grade
  • Choir 6th – 8th grade
  • Woodworking 6th – 8th grade