Our Program

Our Waldorf-inspired curricula educates and engages our students using academics, art, music, movement and nature.

Our unique, alternative-education program integrates academics with music, art, movement, and practical arts, utilizing Waldorf education curriculum and methodology. Two mixed-age classes work, play and learn together.

The families and teachers at Spirit Mountain School are a close-knit community that comes together to celebrate seasonal festivals, plays, and educational activities. We truly are a small community of dedicated mothers, fathers, teachers and students.

teaching first graders at spirit mountain school

Our Schedule

  • Monday through Thursdays
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
chalkboard art spirit mountain school waldorf inspired

Our Program

The first two hours of every morning are devoted to the Main Lesson. It is a time when the Class Teacher introduces and develops an academic theme over a period of weeks. This extended period of time allows the students to sink deeply into their subject and more fully absorb it. Special subjects, taught by experts in their respective fields of study, constitute the rest of the school day.

 

Our Core Curriculum Includes:

  • English: Based on world literature, fairy tales, myths, and legends
  • History: Chronological and inclusive of the world’s great civilizations
  • Science: Surveys on geography, astronomy, meteorology, geology, physics, chemistry, and anatomy
  • Mathematics: Develop competency in arithmetic, geometry, and algebra
  • Fine Arts: Painting, drawing, beeswax or clay modelling, drama, eurythmy, and instrumental and choral music
  • Practical Arts: Handwork (knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, sewing) and handcrafts (woodwork, leatherwork, pottery)
  • Foreign Languages
  • Gardening and Farming
  • Physical education

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Curriculum for Grade One

  • Language Arts: pictorial introduction to alphabet, introduction to writing, phonics, and reading via fairy tales, speech exercises
  • Math: quality of numbers, numbers and counting, introduce four processes, skip counting 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s, Roman numerals, introduction to multiplication tables
  • Science: observation of nature, nature tales
  • Social Studies: fairy and folk tales from throughout the world
  • Form Drawing: straight lines and curves
  • Foreign Language
  • Eurythmy
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Beeswax Modelling
  • Handwork: knitting
  • Woodwork
  • Pentatonic flute
  • Singing pentatonic songs
  • Circle games
  • Festivals

Curriculum for Grade Two

  • Language Arts: writing sentences, rhyming, word families, phonics and spelling, reading, speech exercises
  • Mathematics: four processes, times tables, number patterns, place value, carrying and borrowing, column problems, basic arithmetic problems
  • Science: observation of nature and home environment
  • Social Studies: Aesop’s and other fables, saints’ and other legends, folk tales
  • Class play and choral speaking
  • Form drawing: symmetry-mirror drawing
  • Watercolor painting
  • Foreign Language
  • Eurythmy
  • Pentatonic flute
  • Singing pentatonic songs
  • Modeling beeswax
  • Handwork: knitting and purling
  • Woodwork
  • Social exercises
  • Games
  • Festivals

 

Curriculum for Grade Three

  • Language Arts: introduce grammar and punctuation, Old Testament stories, Native American stories
  • Mathematics: long multiplication, short division, measurement of length, volume, time, money
  • Science: gardening and farming, observation of nature and home environment
  • Social Studies: shelters around the world, house building, clothing, fabric, and fibers, cooking
  • Foreign Language
  • Eurythmy
  • Form Drawing: vertical and horizontal symmetry
  • Handwork: crochet work
  • Woodwork: using saws, rasps, and gouges
  • Recorder playing
  • Stringed Instrument: introduce violin and music notation
  • Games
  • Festivals

Curriculum for Grade Four

  • Language Arts: grammar and parts of speech, tenses, kinds of sentences, punctuation, spelling, compositions, book reports, Norse mythology
  • Mathematics: times tables, math facts out of order, long division, fractions, averaging proofs
  • Science: Zoology
  • Social Studies: Local history and geography, California history and geography
  • Foreign Language
  • Eurythmy
  • Form drawing: weaving forms, knots and braided figures
  • Handwork: cross stitch and embroidery
  • Clay modeling
  • Organic gardening
  • Recorder playing, reading music
  • Stringed Instrument: vioin
  • Singing in rounds and two parts
  • Festivals

I could not be happier to have become involved in Spirit Mountain.

Our 6-year-old is learning a lot and loves his classmates and teachers! He spends most time with Ms. Sarich, his 1-2 grade teacher, who is loving, charismatic, rooted in Waldorf philosophy, and dedicated to her students. He also gets to learn handwork with the upper-grades teacher, Mrs. Opute, who brings years of experience and creative projects to his education, and gets so much joy from working with Mr. Barter doing woodwork, gardening, and other special subjects. We get to celebrate the diverse cultures of our families, and participate with a group of parents that has enthusiasm, compassion, energy, and skills that help our school to continue to grow and thrive!

A. G. Hoff

Parent, Fallbrook, CA

Curriculum for Grade Five

  • Language Arts: parts of speech, syntax, descriptive writing, stories of ancient cultures, Greek myths
  • Math: fractions, decimals, metric system
  • Science: Zoology, Botany
  • Ancient Mythology  – India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece
  • Greek History
  • Geography of North America
  • Foreign Language
  • Eurythmy
  • Handwork: cross stitch and embroidery
  • Wood carving: using saws, rasps, and gouges
  • Singing in rounds and two part singing
  • Stringed instrument: violin and part playing
  • Organic gardening
  • Festivals

Curriculum for Grade Six

  • Language Arts: biographies, advanced grammar, spelling, expository, descriptive, and narrative writing
  • Mathematics: fractions, decimals, and percentages, business math, introduction to geometry, pre-algebra
  • Science: astronomy, geology, physics
  • Social Studies: Roman history, Middle Ages
  • Geography: World Geography
  • Foreign Language
  • Eurythmy
  • Watercolor Painting: landscapes
  • Handwork: cross stitch and embroidey, sewing animals and dolls
  • Woodworking with saws, rasps and gouges
  • Clay and bas-relief modeling
  • Two- and three part choral singing
  • Recorder Playing
  • Stringed Instruments: orchestra
  • Organic gardening
  • Festivals

Curriculum for Grade Seven

  • Language Arts: biographies, creative writing and poetic structure, Arthurian legends
  • Mathematics: pre-algebra, geometric 2D drawing, Pythagorean theory, formulate area of shapes, graphing
  • Social Studies: The Age of Exploration and Discovery, Renaissance, and Reformation
  • Geography: South America, Europe, Australia
  • Science: physics, chemistry, health and nutrition
  • Foreign Language
  • Eurythmy
  • Perspective drawing
  • Watercolor painting
  • Handwork: cross stitch and embroidery, sewing animals
  • Clay modelling
  • Woodwork: using saws, rasps, and gouges
  • Organic gardening
  • Singing in rounds and two to three parts
  • Recorder playing: soprano, alto, and tenor
  • Stringed instrument: orchestra
  • Festivals

Curriculum for Grade Eight

  • Language Arts: short stories, story elements, Shakespeare, poetry, practical writing
  • Mathematics: practical math, equations, algebra, set theory, 3D geometry, solid geometry (Platonic Solids)
  • Science: physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, meteorology
  • Social Studies: Age of Enlightenment; American, French and Industrial Revolutions; American Civil War to present
  • Geography: Africa, Asia, Antarctica
  • Foreign Language
  • Eurythmy
  • Watercolor painting
  • Clay sculpture
  • Handwork: Using a sewing machine
  • Organic gardening
  • Choral music
  • Recorder playing in parts
  • Orchestra

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