Pasadena Waldorf School First Grade Hike

Blair Manzke (back, right) and Barbara Gonzales (back, left) with their First Grade Class

Blair Manzke led her new class of first grade students on their first hike of the year. Pasadena Waldorf School (PWS) students enjoy numerous hikes at various park locations in the Pasadena and Altadena areas where they interact with nature and have the opportunity to take their lessons out of the classroom. The parks and nature reserves offer an unparalleled experience for investigating scientific concepts, laying the foundation for the fundamentals of mathematics and even for building the social framework that is so important in child development.

“These field trips are very special for classes in a Waldorf school, as (the students) have an opportunity to bond and create memories in an environment outside of school. Depending on what we are studying, the children might bring the curriculum right along with them… This is the way our curriculum lives in our students,” stated Mrs. Manzke. Regular hikes begin with the Kindergarten class and continue through the grades, with many classes enjoying the outdoor experience monthly.

Pasadena Waldorf School, founded in 1979, is one of over 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide with over 90 years of experience offering an inspired education. Pasadena Waldorf High School, which opened this year, joins 40 other Waldorf high schools now operating in North America. Waldorf education is the fastest growing independent school movement in the world.

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