Lower School

smiling teacher watches young girl draw in classIn grades 1-8, children absorb material and learn best when academics are conveyed through direct kinesthetic experiences and hands-on activities. All subject areas, including math and science, are introduced through artistic means such as poetry, drama, drawing, and music, in an atmosphere of familiarity, and trust. Pedagogical methods utilized in grades 6-8 are similar to those used in earlier grades, yet topics are tailored toward the emerging adolescent capable of more abstract thinking.

Each day starts with a 1.5 to two-hour morning lesson, which includes core academic subjects such as medieval history, geometry, or botany. This extended time period allows for each subject to be studied in depth and fully penetrated. The remainder of the academic day is spent in special subject classes taught by an expert in their field of study. Special subject classes typically include: World Languages, Physical Education, Practical and Fine Arts, Movement, and Instrumental and Choral Music.

We must recognize in the children who are born today a preview of what must be developed in the coming generations; we must learn to educate prophetically.
—Rudolf Steiner from The Riddle of Our Age
Our Perspective:
The children should not simply be taught artistic activities and manual skills as discrete subjects, but should be taught so-called "non-artistic" subjects imaginatively and artistically as well.
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