The Class Teacher ideally takes the same class of
children through eight years of elementary school (First to Eighth Grade), teaching
all the Main Lesson subjects. For the teacher, this means
time to really get to know the children and help their gifts unfold. For the
students, this relationship offers stability and guidance.
Textbooks are not used in the elementary grades.
Instead, the teacher creates the presentation and the children create
individual books for each subject, recording and illustrating the
substance of their lessons. These books, often artistic and beautiful,
are an important way in which art is integrated into every subject.
Main Lesson is the two-hour period every morning in which
the main subject of the day is presented. That subject―for example
mathematics, history, botany, or acoustics―is taught daily for a 3- or
4-week block and then put aside, perhaps to be continued later in the
term. This approach allows for concentrated, in-depth experience;
freshness and enthusiasm; and time to digest what has been learned.