a love of learning that lasts a lifetime
By the time children reach the age of 7, clear changes in their development indicate their readiness for formal learning. They naturally become more independent, and more mature in their temperaments, communication skills and memory.
The Steiner approach believes that children of this age are receptive to learning more abstract intellectual activities and as such, will learn naturally. This ease of achievement will imbue a sense of confidence and love of learning that will carry the child through many years of education.
The primary school classes also follow the rhythm of the year and are filled with seasonal songs and games.
the main lesson
Main lesson is a uniquely immersive, thematic and interdisciplinary academic lesson led by the class teacher. Main lesson subjects are studied in “blocks” of time from three to four weeks. At the end of a “block” of study, the subject rotates so that the block functions as a magnifying glass on a given subject over a period of time. This pattern of rotating main lesson blocks continues throughout the year.
The class teacher guides the learning of the main lesson content through a variety of activities that allow time for in-depth study and absorption of the material.
During the main lesson each child will create a guided written and artistic record of the content in a bound book, called the “main lesson book,” that can be used for future reference and is forever treasured by the children.