Fridays from 9:30 am — 3:00 pm
Instructor: Philip Guest
This day-long class will be a comprehensive program, including Language Arts, Sciences, Maths, History, and the Arts, with a Holistic Waldorf-based methodology, and a distinctively child-led individualistic approach.
This Village School environment welcomes students with mixed ages, backgrounds, interests, learning styles and speeds. We aim to create an environment in which students are excited about the discoveries they are making about themselves, and the world. Each student is encouraged to develop their own standards of excellence, as well as encouraging and appreciating the achievements of their peers. All evaluation is constructive, with self assessment and peer-evaluation fostered under the guidance of teachers. Objective standards and measurement criteria are only of use in sofar as they are personally meaningful to the student.
This is a rolling program, with themes rotating over (something like) a three year period. Within this – each semester and year may draw from an overall theme; Ancient & Classical Civilization; The Middle Ages & Renaissance; The Emergence of the Modern World.
Each semester will feature a range of topics drawn from the Humanities, Mathematics, Arts and Sciences, as might be encountered in Waldorf Middle and High School programs.
Particular topics are taken in intensive three to four week blocks. Each topic is presented in an integrated way, weaving together practical, artistic and academic approaches. Students are able to move between the projects on offer within each topic, and also to develop their own, selecting the formats that are most suitable to them. There may be peer presentations and review at the conclusion of each block. Themes are not selected according to textbook guidelines, but to allow us to meaningfully engage with the central questions:
Where are we? How did we get here? What are our best paths forward?
Philip Guest has been a Waldorf teacher in Southern California for over fifteen years. He has graduated two classes, the Waldorf School of Orange County Class of 2005 (4th – 8th Grades) and the Westside Waldorf Class of 2012 (3rd – 8th Grades). More recently he has been offering classes and workshops, based on his experience with the Waldorf Curriculum, to home-schooled students in both group and individual settings. He also lectures and provides workshops at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California Teacher Training in both Northridge and San Diego.
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