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Great Oak School

715 E. Carrell Street
Tomball, TX 77375

(832) 458-3430


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Waldorf-inspired private school for Pre-K through grade one. Parent-Child classes also.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf

From the Director:

EARLY CHILDHOOD Central to all is the preservation of childhood. Our Early Childhood teachers strive to preserve the innocence and innate wonder of early childhood by creating a secure, inviting, joyful environment. The day unfolds in a natural way following a dependable rhythm that gives the children a sense of security and consistency. Drawing, watercolour painting, beeswax modelling, baking, handwork, woodwork, storytelling, puppetry, and outdoor play are among the activities that nourish the children’s natural sense of awe and wonder and create an environment worthy of imitation. At Great Oak, children bake bread, they develop dexterity through finger-knitting and working with beeswax, they tend a garden, and they are enriched with nature stories, puppet plays, storytelling and festivals. Seasonal activities such as planting bulbs, raking leaves, gathering fruit or making jam nurtures a reverence for the natural world.Toys provided in the Early Childhood programs are simple: wooden toys, shells, stones, logs, branches, colored fabrics, sheep's wool, and cloth dolls. With these simple toys, imaginative play is nurtured and transforms into creative, independent thought in later stages of learning. FIRST GRADE First grade students experience rich language opportunities through international fairy tales and folk tales. Reading instruction is approached with a focus on writing first as students create a self-illustrated story-based alphabet book, standard throughout Waldorf schools worldwide. Students in first grade are introduced to not only addition and subtraction, but also to multiplication and division at an early age giving them a well-rounded view of all four processes that occur with numbers. Introduction to numbers is brought through a qualitative approach and a strong emphasis on rhythm, movement, and active learning, rather than sole use of pencil/paper practice common in other schools. First Grade students experience watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, knitting, sewing, drama, and regular lessons in drawing. In Music, the first grade student experiences many opportunities for singing as well as pentatonic flute. Movement games and cooperative games are part of the weekly rhythm as are nature walks, and exposure to foreign languages.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space more

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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

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Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

How each teacher meets the needs of individual students can vary greatly. The nature of our curriculum allows children to express what they have learned in a way that does not have to be quantified via tests, opening the way for a greater, holistic assessment of children's needs.

Children create their own main lesson books, illustrating and writing about what they have learned in all subject areas, forming a written record of what the child has learned. Children may be asked to show their learning in different modalities, they may be given extra help before or after school by the teacher, we may consult with outside specialists or discuss with parents changes that can be made at home which may help.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Child. Family. Community.

Childhood is sacred at the Great Oak School. Through the head, heart, and hands, our students are guided toward wholeness and balanced development. Great Oak Early Childhood classes are based on the rhythms of a healthy home life. Children have daily access to the outdoors on wooded campus. Nature walks, gardening, cooking, and outdoor play are a central element as we teach children a reverence for each other and for nature.

Great Oak Elementary classes offer rigorous academics balanced with a developmental respect for children in the Waldorf tradition.

Classical literature, foreign languages, mathematics, and rich experiences with the arts of music, theater, painting, drawing and practical arts of handwork, modeling, and woodwork, are key components of the curriculum.

Community life and school festivals are central to life of a Waldorf school. Great Oak serves children, but also the whole family, with Parent/Child classes and adult education opportunities, the end result of which is a rich community life that nourishes and empowers the child, the family, and the community.

A Typical Day

In our Parent Child Classes , parents and their children meet together once a week. Together, we explore the world of the young child, enjoying a home-like setting, connecting with other parents, and growing in confidence as we learn effective, compassionate parenting skills that last a lifetime.

In our Pre-K Class, we start our day by exploring the outdoors around us, this might include nature walks, building sand castles in the sand, finding creatures in nooks and crannies. We come inside for circle time, free play, stories, and snacks.

In our Kindergarten, we continue spending time outdoors, noting the seasons and celebrating the rhythms of the year with the school festivals. Play becomes more harmonious and purposeful. The teacher guides the children through activities of the day. A great importance is place don imaginative play including dress up, playing house, building structures. We also do sewing, beeswax modeling, drawing, painting, and paper crafts. Outdoor play, anture walksm and gardening help develop a sense of reverence for nature. We us story, rhythm, and music to allow chidlren to move their bodies in healthy ways.

Elementary classes vary greatly in their daily rhythms depending on the age. Active learning through movement, music, and the arts are common across the grades, form first through 5th grades.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

To communicate our learning goals, teachers conduct regular class parent meetings throughout the year. Parent Education is offered via optional classes. Twice yearly, we conduct parent-teacher conferences, and more regularly upon request or as needed with individual parents and teachers. Grades children receive a written end of year report summarizing their progress.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on