Rudolf Steiner’s study of developmental psychology elaborates on a significant change toward the end of a child’s tenth year. There is an awakening to a new sense of self and a concurrent change in the relationship with the environment.

Our curriculum therefore calls for the introduction of natural science and history. As these subjects are introduced, the students also gain an even greater degree of autonomy in their work. Emphasis is placed on developing good habits with regard to homework and music practice.

This “second phase” of the elementary school grows organically out of the first three years.

Grade 4

Students are introduced to more complex projects and subjects, adding geography, science, woodwork, and private musical instruction to their weekly studies.

Grade 5

Studies are increasingly integrated, geometry connects with woodworking and history is reenacted through drama and physical education.

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 4-5