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The Grades Open House

Monday, August 21, 2017, 6 pm - 8pm
Spirit of the Lake Community School
819 N. 18th Ave. E., Duluth, Minnesota 55812

We open our grade school doors and welcome any interested families to tour our classrooms, meet our teachers and staff, and ask questions. Learn, see, feel and experience the characteristics that make SLCS (inspired by the Waldorf education impulse) a unique and embracing space for children. 

The Grades (1st through 8th grade)
Art, music, nature and place-based learning... These are fundamentals to our grades curriculum.

A Unique Approach
Guided by the Waldorf approach, we preserve and respect the awe and wonder of childhood with developmentally appropriate lessons that maintain a connection to the natural world and speak to the child’s imagination. We believe this is the most effective way to challenge, educate and support children. Our teachers stay with the same class from grades one through eight, building sustained relationships which allow for a more personalized understanding of each child. From this, a vibrant classroom community naturally develops, nurturing compassionate student relationships.
We value a green school environment and utilize natural and non-toxic materials while making meaningful connections to the land and our community.

The Art of Education
Our goal is to support each student in developing to his or her highest potential. We encourage the child's artistic, creative and imaginative life, and provide a strong base in academic studies. 

Inspired by the Waldorf impulse, lessons are infused with joy, creativity, and compassion. This stimulates higher-level thinking, develops emotional intelligence, and inspires artistic expression.

Subjects are taught in such a way that the whole child is involved in the learning process, including writing and illustrating their own lesson books beginning in first grade. This interdisciplinary approach presents a wide range of subjects to the children at the developmentally appropriate time, including mathematics, literature, creative writing, botany, zoology, chemistry, physics, physiology, history, geography, and more. The children also receive painting, drawing, movement, and sculpture classes weekly. Specialty teachers further enrich the school experience with lessons in handwork, woodwork, Ojibwe language and culture, and instrumental and vocal music.

Earlier Event: August 18
Huge Community Rummage Sale!
Later Event: August 26
KinderFarm Open House