Third graders began building birdhouses yesterday with the help of alumni Karrin Pearson and Andrew Elmaleh, using handsaws to cut planks of wood to measurement. While students waited for their turn to saw, they worked on their main lesson books, depicting the process of turning flax fibers into linen.
The Waldorf School of Princeton Wildcats (Grades 5-8) won 24-14 against Princeton Charter School on Tuesday. Our students played with heart; leading their defense with a 1-3-1, they were able to keep the much taller Charter School girls to 14 points. The girls each set goals for themselves and team before the season began in earnest. They have each accomplished many of their goals, but as a team, they are off to a good start, making progress toward three of them: having fun, winning, and playing together like a team!
Ms. Sacalis treated the third grade today to a spinning wheel demonstration. The class, who among many other subjects this year studies the history of human dwellings and farming, had experienced cleaning and carding raw wool prior to Ms. Sacalis's visit, and enjoyed watching her transform fluffy roving into spun yarn. Ms. Sacalis shared her memories of preparing and spinning fibers as a young girl, and showed the children examples of dyed and knitted garments that were made with handspun yarns. For more details on the third grade curriculum, click here.
Dr. Angel Castillo, minister of education for Imbabura province in Ecuador, visited campus last Friday to learn more about incorporating Waldorf methods into Ecuadorian education practices. In between touring various classes, Dr. Castillo and his companions met with parents and staff to get a better feel for the school and its community. You can read more about Dr. Castillo's visit to Princeton here, and more about his visit to our neighbors in Kimberton here.
During recess on Dec. 8th, two Fourth Grade explorers were seen peering into the holes in the pear tree. They discovered where the gnomes can slide down, and even bathe in a hole filled with water from recent rains. The pair then looked for holes in ALL of the trees, in an effort to locate all of the gnome homes. Keep an eye out for these elusive little workers!