As children enter the elementary school, they are guided by a Class Teacher in Grades 1- 8. Students and teachers develop a deep and enduring relationship through the shared experience of the main lesson curriculum, where one subject is taught for the first two hours of each day in blocks of three to four weeks.
In the middle grades at Hawthorne Valley, Waldorf education makes many worlds come alive. Students often see themselves in the curriculum, as an industrious Roman, a medieval scholar, a daring explorer, and a Renaissance artist waiting to emerge. Learning takes place both in and out of class, as students navigate the world of social relationships, fostering respect and collaboration among peers.
During each Main Lesson block, the children make their own textbooks, full of illustrations, from subjects presented by the class teacher. It is the goal of each class teacher to bring the curriculum to their class in ways that will excite and enthuse, leading each student to question, learn, dream, and explore!