The Grade School
The uniqueness of Waldorf education truly lies in how the children are taught. Whether the subject is algebra, local geography, or to write in cursive, the Class Teacher brings knowledge to life through vivid characterizations and absorbing experiences that heighten students’ curiosity and engage their feelings, their motivation and their intellect.
Each school day begins with the Class Teacher greeting every student, one by one, with a handshake, a few words and direct eye-to-eye contact. After roll call (sung in the lower grades) and a verse recitation, the two-hour Main Lesson begins, focusing on one primary topic for several weeks.
After a snack time and recess, the Special Subject classes begin, in 40-minute periods: Handwork, Music, German, French, Physical Education, and in the Upper Grades (7th & 8th), Language Arts, Math, Orchestra, Chorus and Woodworking. You will never see a standard textbook; the children create their own “textbooks”, or main lesson books, which are a reflection of what they have learned presented artistically.