Classes at Lilac Children’s Garden
Our Waldorf-inspired, multi-age classes are offered to children ages five through thirteen.
In classes at Lilac Children’s Garden, the children paint with watercolor, draw with crayon and pencil, sing, and learn to play recorder. Poetry is listened to and recited. The older children practice geometric drawing as an integration of their artistic soul and emerging intellect.
The children engage in regular movement activities, from old-fashioned playground games to large-group dances.
Sculpture and other crafts are made with clay and other materials. Longer-term knitting and other handwork projects are done through the year.
In the spring, each class performs a play for the community inspired by their year’s curriculum.
REGISTRATION & ENROLLMENT
Every March, we have an information meeting for parents. Interested families then visit the class(es) that are age-appropriate for their child(ren). Registration opens to new families in the spring.
Sometimes students join after the school year has begun. If you are considering joining and would like to schedule a visit, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ages 5 and 6 (Kindergarten)
The Kindergarten focuses on the “Three R’s” (Reverence, Rhythm and Repetition) to give the children a sense of security and meet their needs to imitate and participate wholeheartedly in the life around them.
The day includes plenty of time for imaginative play with simple, open-ended toys made from natural materials. The teacher provides examples of real work for imitation, such as preparing food for snacks or doing handwork such as finger-knitting and sewing.
The children are engaged body, mind and spirit with fairy tales that are told and retold with puppets or dramatization. They sing songs and engage in finger plays and movement games. The children also do watercolor painting and work with beeswax modeling clay and crayons.
The class finishes the day playing outdoors.
Ages 7 and 8
The child is now beginning to learn how to use their hearts and minds as a window to the world, and their hands as real tools.
The class works with the theme of Fairy Tales and Nature Stories as a means of cultivating their feeling and awareness.
In class, the teacher tells a story. The children are encouraged to listen deeply, and later to integrate their thoughts with imaginative images. They then create artwork (watercolor painting, crayon drawing or beeswax modeling) based upon their inner experience.
Ages 9 and 10
Children at these ages are beginning to leave the dreamy world of earlier childhood. They are learning many new skills as they engage more fully and actively in their thinking, feeling and willing.
The class works with the stories of the Old Testament and Norse mythology. These uncompromising stories lead the children to a new understanding of their place in the world, its laws and anomalies. The unmitigated truth in these tales helps gives them guidance and hope for the challenges in their lives.
A focus at this age is productive work. The children might learn about the lives and concerns of people such as farmers, blacksmiths, and tailors — giving them images of men and women who responsibly create a living out of the bounty of the earth.
Ages 11 and 12
The children’s image of the world begins to find a new balance after age nine, as reasoning begins to emerge as a complement to feeling. At this time, it is appropriate that the class studies the culture and myths of classical Greece and other ancient Asian and Middle Eastern civilizations, as their wisdom mirrors the exponential growth in the children’s overall ability and perceptive power. These are their Golden Ages!
Beginning to find their own authoritative voice, the children write original story synopses in their lesson books, illustrating these in colored pencil with ever-greater confidence and skill.
Ages 13 and 14
The “senior” class takes up studies of the Roman Empire, Middle Ages and Renaissance. Hearing biographies of such personalities as Julius Caesar, Martin Luther and Leonardo da Vinci, the children experience the radical transformation of culture and consciousness represented by the events in these remarkable people’s lives. No less revolutionary are the changes happening in their own as they look toward adulthood.
The images and moods of these historical periods are explored artistically with enthusiasm as the children are now proficient with various media and techniques. In class, they might create a model of a Roman arch bridge, draw versions of their own illustrated Book of Days, or design a Renaissance robe.
The capstone of the oldest class’ year is their senior play, which is anticipated by the community all year. Revealing their new maturity, the children’s own truest personalities begin to be recognized and appreciated as they leave Lilac Children’s Garden to go on to new beginnings.