For all Monadnock Waldorf School students, the heart of the school day is the Main Lesson, an intensive morning block of activities, devoted to a single core subject over a three- to four-week period. The core curriculum includes:
Monadnock Waldorf School has long had a commitment to connecting students to the natural world around them. Indeed, fostering that connection is an essential element of Waldorf education. This commitment can be seen in many aspects of the children’s experience at MWS, including our observance of seasonal festivals, our commitment to field trips that connect the curriculum to the natural world in age appropriate ways, and even our annual all-school hike day.
In recent years, we have been able to offer our students another opportunity to embrace the natural world through the day and overnight trips with Kroka Expeditions, a wilderness living program dedicated to conscious living and compassionate service, located here in southwestern New Hampshire. While many other Waldorf schools are only able to take advantage of Kroka’s expertise for occasional class trips because of distance, we are fortunate to be able to take students on regular day trips to Kroka’s beautiful base camp in Marlow, NH. There, students have a chance to participate together in traditional farm chores, prepare simple meals over a wood fire, and follow lightly used trails through the New England forest. In the early grades, day trips to Kroka’s base camp are easily planned to complement classroom studies. Second grade nature studies come to life in the woodland environment. The third grade shelter block is enriched by visits to see a variety of traditional shelters at Kroka. Fourth grade geography finds a natural place along trails of base camp and beyond. As older students are ready for adventures further afield, teachers are able to take advantage of Kroka’s leadership to explore the wonders of nearby waterways, hiking trails and climbing rocks. Practice in orienteering and fire-making give students uncommon confidence in their ability to care for themselves and others. Teachers have repeatedly remarked on the quality of these trips, observing ways in which the trips have contributed to the personal growth of their students while fostering the social cohesiveness of the class. We have a great respect for the collective years of experience and expertise that the Kroka staff has to offer our students.