Special Subject Areas
Waldorf Education weaves the arts, music and movement into the fabric of every student’s daily life. Waldorf’s rich and varied curriculum includes rigorous academic work as well as engaging artistic and practical experiences, all of which are appropriate to the age of each child. Beyond the morning main lesson with their main classroom teacher, students study a variety of special subjects to engage the intellectual, physical and emotional development of every child.
Eurythmy lies at the heart of Waldorf education, a unique art form that was part of the curriculum from the very beginning. A performing and pedagogical movement art developed by Rudolf Steiner, Eurythmy aligns with brain-based learning and the concept of whole child development.
Handwork is taught in grades 1 through 5 in two lessons weekly. In grades 6 through 8, students have rotating blocks of handwork that alternate with art and woodworking. The handwork curriculum is a steady progression of skills that mirrors cultural development and individual capacities.
The music curriculum is a valuable part of the whole educational experience in a Waldorf school. Music harmonizes and lifts the inner nature of the child. The DWS music curriculum aims at strengthening the will of the child and creating an inner depth, an inwardness of soul.
Drawing, form drawing, painting, and modeling are the fine arts that comprise a vital component of the DWS curriculum. Working with these artistic processes is crucial to developing creative thought and complements the logical, ordered thinking of science and mathematics instruction.
The Detroit Waldorf School offers two languages in grades 1 through 8: Spanish and German. Children experience language in a way that closely approximates the natural assimilation of the mother tongue.