“The main lesson block, which continues for 3-4 weeks, has become one of the most successful and distinguishing features of Waldorf education. It allows teachers to cover the curriculum intensively and economically, and provides the students with the fullest possible immersion in a subject. The main lesson block assures that students have sufficient time to experience a living process of learning.”
– Roberto Trostli, Waldorf teacher, author, lecturer
During Main Lesson, the teacher has time to enter each subject in depth and to approach it in a variety of ways, to enliven each topic with poetry, drawing, painting, modeling and drama. Thus, intellectual learning is always combined with artistic, rhythmical and practical work. Once one topic has been fully explored (four to six weeks), a new Main Lesson block is introduced.
Every Main Lesson features daily work in the Main Lesson book. The student writes and illustrates one of these in the course of each block, gaining much practice in handwriting, grammar, art and composition along the way. Creating one’s own book anchors knowledge more solidly than simply reading a textbook; the enthusiastic pride children take in creating their books demonstrates a true joy in learning.
Subjects that require regular repetition in shorter lessons and are more social in nature occupy the later part of the morning and the afternoon. Foreign language, music, eurythmy, handwork and physical education are taught by other specially trained teachers. There is a wonderful coordination and harmony of subject material throughout the curriculum in the Main Lesson block and in the Creative Development classes.