Subjects are presented in artistic and pictorial ways
Children learn best when information is presented imaginatively
Ideally, the same teacher stays with the same children from 1st to 8th grade
The main lesson is the first 2 hours of the day in blocks of 3 - 6 weeks
No textbooks, students create artistic records of their lessons
Foreign language, Japanese
Hawaiian language and culture, movement education, music, handwork, arts and crafts, gardening
Waldorf education is noted for its detailed, richly artistic curriculum that recognizes the developmental stage of children in each grade, mirroring the inner transformation of the child from year to year. The students can relate this age-appropriate content to their own experiences, and therefore become interested and engaged in their own education.
Education is an art. This means the teacher’s duty to his or her students is to provide them with an interesting, meaningful curriculum; integrating basic skills while giving them an understanding of the world around them and their place in it.
Mālamalama Waldorf School’s curriculum, therefore, is based on the Block System, which sets aside a two-hour block each morning (Main Lesson) for in-depth learning of a subject. This block may last for up to four weeks, after which the class will go on to a new subject. Academic subjects include language arts, math, social studies, history, geography, and the sciences.
The student's day is rounded out with specialty subject lessons taught by teachers who are experts in their field. These lessons may include foreign language, music, Hawaiian studies, gardening, visual art, woodworking, knitting, sewing, and movement education.