The Waldorf grade school curriculum is carefully designed to present academic subjects at a time and in a manner best suited to the child's natural stages of development. Class material is chosen both to advance the children academically and to support their social and emotional growth. Academic subjects are taught on multiple fronts and engage multiple senses.
Core Academics: The Main Lesson
Students begin their day with a greeting and a handshake from their teacher. The first two hours of each day are reserved for the main lesson, which consists of three- or four-week blocks of in-depth primary academic study infused with art, music, movement, and storytelling. These blocks allow students to work deeply in the subject matter.
In addition to their main-lesson teacher, children become well acquainted with a number of special subject teachers. Midday and afternoon include lessons that require more focused physical activity or that engage the feelings - such as physical education, art, practical arts, music, and foreign-language study. An extra main lesson may also be part of the end of the day, to reemphasize the morning work.
- French and German: absorbing language and culture through songs, dance, rhymes, traditional games and celebrations. As students advance, lessons in grammar geography, history and literature.
- Drawing, Painting and Modeling: artistic instruction teaches lessons in form, color, historical and cultural variety, and individual discipline, enhancing each student's grasp of almost every academic subject.
- Handwork and Woodworking: develop hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity and have been proven to strengthen the intellect.
- Movement classes: develops spatial awareness, strength and coordination, healthy social interaction, and a life-long sense of joy of movement.
- Music: an integral aspect of the multisensory approach to learning in Waldorf education, improving children's sense of rhythm and memory while reinforcing main-lesson studies. Includes both instrumental and vocal music instruction.