Children move into the second phase of childhood at age six or seven. This change is marked by a new readiness for formal learning. It is important to nurture the new intellectual abilities while continuing to foster the life of imagination as the child moves through the elementary school.
These are the years in which every child, no matter what his or her gifts, is an artist at heart, and the teacher’s task is to inform intellectual knowledge with aesthetic experience. All subjects, mathematics, science and social studies, woodwork and knitting, sports and second languages (both German and Spanish) are taught imaginatively and artistically. The teachers address the children’s feelings as well as their intellect – in pictures and stories, in color, rhythm, and music. Thus, what is learned becomes a living part of the child.
Every day in the elementary school begins with the main lesson, which lasts for one-and-a-half hours. During this uninterrupted time, the class teacher presents the current academic subject artistically, descriptively, and dramatically. The children review and question themes as they emerge in discussion. Students’ work includes creating their own main lesson books, which will be a reflection of what they have learned presented in words, pictures, charts, and diagrams.