The effort to complement students' natural abilities begins at an early age and continues throughout their time at a Waldorf school. It is encouraged by the curriculum and supported by the fundamental understanding that a child's strength should not become their weakness because of one-sided development.
Understanding Waldorf Education
Eurythmy is a unique component of the Waldorf curriculum from kindergarten through 12th grade. It is an art form in which music and speech are expressed through movement. Every sound we speak and every musical tone we create has its corresponding gesture in Eurythmy. This new performing art was developed by Rudolf Steiner as a way of making speech and music visible, using the whole human body as an instrument.
In kindergarten and the early grades, Eurythmy is taught in a playful way through music, poetry and stories. Moving geometrical forms in space, practicing coordination (both gross and fine motor skills), and working together as a group, enable the students to gain in strength, stamina, dexterity and agility. As the students progress, so they enter into the subject with more consciousness as the level of difficulty increases.
The Eurythmy program is designed to support each step of the students' academic growth. The lessons reflect the work of the Main Lesson and reinforce what the students learn in other subjects. Each grade is met with age appropriate material in music, verse and story, which increases the students' intellectual, artistic and social development. By deepening the understanding of language arts, together with the performing arts, the students benefit from the interconnectedness of all aspects of the Waldorf curriculum.