A WALDORF HALLMARK: THE MAIN LESSON BLOCK
“The main lesson block assures that students have sufficient
time to experience a living process of learning.”
—Roberto Trostli, author of Physics Is Fun: a Sourcebook for Teachers
It's when young minds are freshest that they focus best. That's why, each morning the class teacher begins with a two-hour main lesson block dedicated to a core subject. Thus, the rhythm of the day begins with the work that requires the most attention, and each academic subject can receive a full measure of attention over the course of the year. Theteacher has the time to enter each subject in depth and approach it in a variety of ways, enlivening each topic with poetry, drawing, painting, modeling and drama. Once an academic topic has been fully explored--usually in 3 to 6 weeks--a new main lesson block is introduced. Subjects that require regular repetition in shorter lessons and are more social in nature occupy the later part of the morning and the afternoon. Scaffolding the main lesson are handwork and woodworking, Mandarin and Spanish, strings and music, eurythmy and movement, and more--all taught by specially trained teachers in a wonderful coordination and harmony of subject material throughout the curriculum. Thus, intellectual learning is always combined with artistic, rhythmical, and practical work. Click here to see how our curriculum works together.