Beyond the Classroom
Outdoor exploration, gardening, and farming programs are essential components of the experiential curriculum here at Waldorf School of Lexington.
We simply can't say enough about the good that comes from learning in nature. Nursery and Kindergarten students go for walks exploring the Great Meadows, observing animal and bird life, exploring with hands in the dirt, or hearing leaves and snow crunching underfoot. Our curriculum fosters children’s awareness and understanding of the importance of our human relationship to the natural world.
In our beautiful organic garden, students are introduced to principles of planting and growing that will later be explored in the curriculum through botany, geology, and meteorology. Our students plant and cultivate flowers and vegetables, record the growth and changes of trees on our campus, and observe native flora and fauna in the Great Meadows—183 acres of meadows and marshes in our backyard.
From third to sixth grade, students spend a week each year at Hawthorne Valley Farm in upstate New York. Here, students take part in the day-to-day work of a biodynamic farm: planting, weeding, mucking, and feeding the farm animals. These weeks provide an unforgettable foundation for the sciences and for life.