Is Currently a Grade 4/5 Combined Class. We are located on a 30 acre wooded setting in Yarker, Ontario
ABOUT OUR CLASS
At River Falls, we are dedicated to educating the whole child. We foster their academic, social and emotional selves, through objective observation, an engaging curriculum, and an atmosphere of kindness and respect. Teachers at River Falls follow the Waldorf model, which uses embodied, arts-based and integrative teaching methods best suited to each child’s developmental stage of learning.
Our small class allows for individual attention, inclusive class discussions, and subject explorations with depth and breadth. Students receive strong academic foundations in literacy and numeracy. Perhaps unique to our class, skills such as learning the times tables, cursive writing, and spelling dictations are still believed to be valuable, as are oral stories and recitation. French is part of the curriculum, and is taught by a separate teacher, three periods a week. Throughout the academic components, lessons are imbued with movement, nature-based learning, and artistic engagement.
Class outings are vital and profound learning experiences that support our students’ emotional and social growth, as well as their sense of service to the greater community. In previous years, among other activities, the class has hiked trails in Frontenac Provincial Park, paddled the Napanee River, taken lessons in horseback riding, woodworking and skiing, enjoyed shows at the Grand Theatre, made fabric prints at the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, gleaned corn for Lovin’ Spoonful, and made regular visits to the local library.