Children move into the second phase of childhood at the age of six or seven. This change is marked by a new readiness for formal learning. New intellectual abilities are nurtured, continuing to empower the imagination and creativity in the early grades.

At this age every child is an artist. The teacher’s task is to inform intellectual knowledge through aesthetic experience. Mathematics, science and social studies, woodwork and knitting, and world languages (both German and Spanish) are taught integrating intellect, imagination, and art. The teachers address each child’s learning with pictures and stories, in color, rhythm, and music. What is learned becomes a living part of the child.

Grade 3 culminates with a weeklong trip to the Hawthorne Valley Farm in upstate New York.

Grade 1

Formal academic subjects are introduced through storytelling, games, movement, and art.

Grade 2

Students develop a greater sense of confidence in every subject and further awaken their intellectual capacities.

Grade 3

Students grow in academic proficiency and start to better understand their relationship to the world around them. Homework is introduced in a gentle manner to develop healthy habits.

A Typical Day at Steiner

8:15-10:00 am: Main Lesson

Deep study of an academic subject such as math, language arts, botany, science, history, or geography. The lesson comes alive through artistic, descriptive, and dramatic presentations, in three to four week blocks. Each student creates their own handwritten and illustrated Main Lesson book.

10:00-10:50 am: Morning Recess

Rain or shine, students go to Central Park for free play or organized games.

10:55-11:35 am: Math

11:40-12:20 am: Music

12:20 pm-1:05 pm: Lunch

Locally sourced, organic ingredients are used to prepare lunches.

1:10-1:45 pm: Handwork

1:50-2:25 pm: Eurythmy/Movement

2:30-3:20 pm: Spanish

*Schedule varies per grade 1-3