NOTE: This is NOT for Kindergarten aged children! This is for children in the grades, who should be seven for most of Grade One, eight for most of Grade Two, etc.
Kindergarten aged children (traditionally ages 3-6 at a Waldorf school, at home perhaps ages 5 and 6) do not follow three day rhythms, nor block teaching, nor have Main Lesson Books. They follow a strong rhythm, a story that changes once a month, singing and verses and practical work.
Main Lesson Books: These are stapled or spiral bound blank books. One Main Lesson Book is for each block (see below) or for a certain subject throughout the whole year. For example, you may have one Main Lesson Book for October’s Language Arts block on Aesop’s Fables in Second Grade or perhaps you have a Nature Main Lesson book where you draw the same tree once a month on the first day of the month.
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Block Teaching: In Waldorf Education, we teach a Main Lesson on a focal subject for 3-6 weeks. Many home educators work with one month time frames for ease. A typical school year may include 3-4 Language Arts Blocks, 3 Math Blocks, 2 Science Blocks, perhaps Form Drawing as a block or two.
Here is an example of my own personal plan for Second Grade:
September – Form Drawing from Cherokee Trickster Tales for 2 weeks, Math for 2 weeks
October – Language Arts from Fables (this includes word families, spelling, vocabulary, handwriting, punctuation, grammar)
November – Math
December – Language Arts/Nature from Saint Stories
January – Math
February – Language Arts from Saint Stories
March – Nature Block
April – Math Block
May – Form Drawing from Jataka Tales
June – Language Arts from Saint Stories
Separate from the Blocks include things such as foreign languages (usually two languages; we do Spanish and German); Handwork; Games; Music, Painting, Eurythmy, Form Drawing. These are typically worked in several times a week, and also sometimes within a Main Lesson as part of the three-day rhythm. As the children becomes older, typically there is also extra lessons and practice for spelling and math.
Three-Day Rhythm: Waldorf is the ONLY educational method to use sleep as a learning aid. Typically it looks like this:
Monday – Perhaps practice something from last week, perhaps Form Drawing, TELL new story and let it rest
Tuesday – Hands on piece – re-visit story, pick out elements of story and work with poetry, crafts, painting, building, modeling, etc from story
Wednesday – Re-visit story, work on academic pieces such as grammar, writing summaries in Main Lesson Book, etc. Tell new story if doing five days of school a week. (If not, stop here and make Thursday a painting day or such with Fridays off).
Thursday – Re-visit story, hands-on pieces
Friday – Re-visit story, academic pieces
Hope this helps clarify a few basics of Waldorf Education for the grades.