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Practical Grounding

Noticeable physiological, psychological and cognitive changes take place in the child this year. The nine/ten year threshold represents a very significant step in self-awareness. Children realize they are separate from their surroundings and meet the world as individuals, often resulting in increased questions, self-doubt and wonder. Waldorf gives its third grade lessons a practical orientation. In math, they work with time, money, and measurement. In their main lesson, they study how people live and work. On campus, they plant flowers, take care of chickens, and stir the compost.

Farm Trip
Main Lessons
Class Teacher

Class Teacher

Sophia Szombathy

Sophia Szombathy grew up in Atlanta, GA and received her B.A in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. During her time at UGA, she was able to fulfill her love of music and travel by living in Spain and spending time in a town known for its music. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to join her sister. While living there, Sophia worked at a raw and vegan restaurant, where she met, what became her New York family. During this time, she stumbled upon the New York Center for Anthroposophy. She volunteered at this small Waldorf initiative and after leaving New York, worked at the Waldorf School of Atlanta where she substituted and worked in the office for several months. Her time at WSA inspired her to enroll in the teacher training program at the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA. Sophia began her training in 2010,loving the full immersion experience, the beautiful garden, and her work at the bookstore and library. In August of 2012, she moved to Berkeley, CA and was a kindergarten assistantand lead aftercare teacher at the East Bay WaldorfSchool, before joining the faculty at WSA in 2013. Sophia loves to spend time with her family, sit on her porch, and enjoy live music.

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