2017/18 First and Second Grade applications are now being accepted.
In September 2014, New Amsterdam introduced our pioneering First Grade Class. It is our intention to grow the grades until we reach 5th Grade.
Children entering our First Grade in 2017-18 will be considered developmentally ready for Waldorf First Grade by the evaluating teachers at New Amsterdam. As a general rule, we expect children to be 6 years old by June 1 of the previous school year.
The Waldorf Curriculum Through the Grades
The students at the New Amsterdam School follow a curriculum that integrates the sciences with art and the humanities with practical activity. We teach the core subjects in daily main lesson blocks in which we discover and delight in one topic for a two hour period over the course of four weeks. This generous rhythm allows students the time and opportunity to penetrate each subject, whether history or biology, mathematics or geography, thoroughly and with purpose.
Language Arts: Grade 1) writing & reading, poetry & speech exercises Grade 2) composition Grade 3) grammar and punctuation Grade 4) book reports Grade 5) parts of speech & sentence diagrams
Math: Grade 1) addition, subtraction, multiplication & division Grade 2) place value & expanded number range Grade 3) measurement, long division & double digit multiplication Grade 4) fractions, estimating Grade 5) decimals, metric system
Science: Grade 1) nature studies Grade 2) animal stories Grade 3) agriculture & gardening Grade 4) zoology Grade 5) botany
Social Studies: Grade 3) indigenous cultures, traditional stories, farming Grade 4) local history and geography Grade 5) ancient cultures, geography of North America
Art, Crafts, and Music: Grade 1) crayon drawing, watercolor painting, beeswax sculpture, form drawing, knitting, pentatonic recorder Grade 2) crocheting, symmetric form drawing, diatonic recorder, singing in rounds Grade 3) drawing with colored pencils, sewing, note reading on recorder Grade 4) illustration for study of zoology, cross-stitch, drawing of Celtic knots, instrumental music, woodwork Grade 5) botanical drawing, orchestral music, knitting with four needles
Foreign Language: We offer Japanese and Spanish language instruction. Classes are held in a home-like environment and the language is shared through songs, games, artistic and practical activity (such as cooking and grocery shopping).
The New Amsterdam School admits children of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.