Art & Craft Classes
Crafting metals moves between utility and art, and utilizes all the core elements of our planet.
We use earth both in the form of iron as well as coal (for heat), fire to make that metal
malleable, air to make the fire hot and the power of water to cool the heat-treated metals. As
with many other manual crafts, blacksmithing forges connections between hand and mind,
enhancing the learning experience on multiple levels. In this class, students will make useful
items such as a wall hook, fire poker or candle holder. Skill level and individual progress will
determine the number of projects completed. In addition, blacksmithing's important role in
history will be presented. Limited enrollment. (Note: SSCS will not cover the cost of this class.)
Drawing & Story Time, Grades 1 - 3
In this special class for our younger students, Mr. Huff will begin each lesson by telling a story
to engage the students' imaginations. Inspired by what they have heard, Mr. Huff will then lead
the students through the art of drawing with beeswax crayons. These outstanding crayons
foster and lend themselves particularly well to wide-stroke drawing which encourages inner
relaxation. The addition of pure beeswax enhances the brilliant pigment and creates a high
degree of opacity similar to that of watercolor. (Materials provided by WLR.)
Handwork, Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-8
The Handwork program strives to place tasks before the students that encourage them to
develop basic skills for manipulating natural materials in many ways. These basic skills include
simple knots, finger knitting, ball winding, braiding, knitting, sewing, cutting, crocheting,
pattern design, machine use and many others. The skills increase in difficulty as the students
develop with the emphasis on the process of creation rather than the product we are creating.
Renaissance Arts, Grades 4 - 8
This special class for older students will explore a variety of Renaissance period arts and crafts
through lecture, discussion and hands-on projects. Students will experience of variety of crafts
including paper-making, printing and pewter casting.
Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting
Painting is one of the essential arts in Waldorf education. The process of painting itself is very
important to the development of the child’s artistic sensibility. This process is an end in itself,
not merely a means of achieving the finished product (the painting).
In particular, "wet-on-wet" painting helps children develop an understanding of colors and
especially the relationship between colors, form, and mood. The children, through painting and
appreciation of colors, are able to more deeply experience the feelings in their surroundings:
nature, the seasons, festivals.
Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting, Grades 1 - 3.
For younger children, we emphasize the colors much more than any specific forms. The
students’ imaginations live through the color, using the three primary colors (red, yellow and
blue). The children are able to experience the mood and movement of each color, without
restrictions such as pre-drawn outlines. We slowly introduce secondary colors (orange, green,
purple) by mixing the primary colors.
Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting Grades 4 - 8
As the children get older, we slowly introduce more form into their experience. Children mix
the colors on the paper, painting to create the mixed hues instead of pre-mixing them on the
palette. In this way all kinds of shapes appear in the color because of light and shadow, and the
creation of form is discovered and gently encouraged -- taking inspiration from nature,
literature or history, accordingly.
Woodworking is a way to experience the process of shaping the world. The exertion of the
child's feeling, thinking, and willing self, through the wood, has a lasting impression on the life
of the emerging adolescent. Students will experience transforming a block of wood into items
such as spoons, spatulas and bowls. Skill level and individual progress will determine the number
of projects completed. In addition, woodworking will be explored from a historical perspective.
Wholistic Learning Resources
Class Descriptions: Grade 1-8
The Drama class emphasizes fun while working in a group setting. Children will gain confidence
and poise as they learn the basics that go into producing a play. The classes will culminate in a
group evening performance (date TBA).
Parent participation: These classes will require a certain amount of “homework” for both
students and parents: creating or finding costumes, props and stage sets, and studying
roles/lines. Fluent reading skills are not required; however, parents should be prepared to
help their children memorize lines as needed.
Our Music classes offer joyful singing in choral format as well as the introduction and practice
of music reading skills, rhythms and harmony and playing the recorder. Parents are welcome
to observe during class time so that they can help their children with practice at home in
between classes. The classes will culminate in a group performance (date TBA).
Choir / Flute Grades 1 - 3
If your child does not own the Pentatonic flute required for this class, purchase from
Mercurius (SSCS product vendor).
Choir / Flute Grades 4 - 8
If your child does not own the Yamaha 300 Series Soprano recorder required for this class,
purchase from Amazon or another vendor.
|Colours are the deeds of light.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
|Watercolor painting by
WLR provides supervised
recess & lunch breaks in
our large yard to students
enrolled in back-to-back
classes that include a
break in between classes.
Children may eat their
snacks or lunch, play and
socialize at this time. See
the class schedule.
Wholistic Learning Resources
P.O. Box 19676
Sacramento, CA 95819
Movement & Physical Education
The students will experience the fun of moving to music through learning, singing and
movement games as well as simple folk dances from different cultures.
Cooperative games are a fun way for children to interact and get exercise. These activities
cultivate the children’s capacities in many areas, including: sensory-motor learning, musical
comprehension, balance and coordination, social awareness and cooperative learning.
Science & Math
Through hands-on activities, games, movement and social interaction, students will learn
math facts of the four processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).For
sense (able to count to 50 and able to write all numerals).
This course will introduce students to the concepts behind mechanics. Through a
combination of lectures, demonstrations, and in-class projects, the students will gain an
understanding of mechanics in this phenomenologically-based course. Students will examine
and work with the concepts of force, effort, and work. The students will gain an
understanding of the six simple machines and construct card stock models of each one. In
addition, time allowing, we will construct more complicated machines.
Meteorology -- Study of the Weather Grades 4-8
(Class description coming soon.)
The Nature of Sound: From Noise to Music, Grades 4-8
What is sound? What are its qualities? Why are some sounds “noise” and others “music?”
Through lecture, hands-on exploration, and musical instruments made in class we will
explore the world and physics of sound.
Joy of Speaking, Grades 1-3
This class will facilitate literacy / oral language development through the use of poems,
verses, tongue twisters & more. Memorization skills will be developed / enhanced, and
students will increase phonemic awareness as an aide to literacy development. Emphasizing the
joy of language, students will gain confidence in their speaking abilities.
Art of Speaking, Grades 4-8
For the older students, the focus will be on desirable speaking skills, including the elements of
tone, facial expression, eye contact, and voice projection. Students will develop these skills by
working with spoken language in the form of poems, verses, Readers' Theatre, and more in
order to increase their skill and confidence with oral communication.
Basic Grammar Through Story & Art
This class is designed to teach the basics of grammar through imagination and art, teaching the
parts of speech in a concrete rather than an abstract manner. The act of drawing gives the
child an opportunity to absorb what is being taught, thus gaining an understanding of the
material that goes far beyond memorizing a definition. Materials will be provided. The finished
drawings can form the basis of a Main Lesson Book which can be added to with further written
work at home if desired. Instructor: Sandi Russi
Esperanto, the International Language
Crafted by a polylinguist in 1887, fluency in Esperanto is more quickly attainable, giving the
confidence and skills needed to learn more difficult languages. The vocabulary is an excellent
stepping stone to learning Latin, German, French and other Indo-European languages, without
immediately being confronted by such grammatical complexities as irregular verbs, gendered
nouns, cases and other linguistic hurdles. We will play, sing, color and dance in this
introductory, sample class. Parents are welcome to attend with their children. Instructor:
Classical Writing, Grades 6 - 8 (minimum age 12)
While the emphasis of this course will be on persuasive composition, the concepts are
applicable to all forms of writing. Students will learn key skills (rather than formulas) and
thinking tools. This structured program starts slowly to ensure comprehension of
foundational concepts before moving to more advanced applications. Classical Writing is a
full-year course. Semester 1 will run for 12 weeks. Semester 2 will run for 12-15 weeks.
Weekly homework will be assigned.
Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic English grammar, spelling and punctuation.