How to Teach a Child to Love Learning
Now, stop imagining. Parents of Waldorf school students in first grade through twelfth grade are experiencing this on a regular basis. Each child creates his very own “main lesson book” for each topic studied during the “main lesson” period—a two-hour class during which most of the academic subjects are taught. Every three or four weeks, a new main lesson block begins and the children each begin work on a new textbook. According to veteran Waldorf teacher Roberto Trostli, “teaching in main lesson blocks has become one of the most successful and distinguishing features of Waldorf education, for it allows teachers to cover the curriculum intensively and economically,
and it provides the students with the fullest possible immersion in a subject.” By making their own textbooks, each lesson is internalized by the students and instills within them a love of learning for its own sake. It’s truly an amazing thing to see. Kimberton Waldorf School is the second oldest Waldorf School in North America, and is located on over 400 acres in northern Chester County. Kimberton offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children as young as 10 months old. The early childhood teachers strive to preserve the innocence and innate wonder of young children by creating a secure, inviting, joyful environment. The grade school teachers know that this age group learns best when their emotions are stirred, so they present subjects pictorially and dramatically. The high school teachers craft experiences that sharpen students’ growing intellectual capacities and strengthen their powers of judgment.
To learn more about the unique educational program offered by Kimberton Waldorf School, please visit www.kimberton.org or contact the Admissions Office at 610-933-3635 ext. 108.
Imagine your child coming home from school with a new biology textbook. He is so excited to show it to you. As he turns each page, he explains in detail what he has learned. This textbook also happens to be beautiful—perhaps the most beautiful textbook you’ve ever seen. Your child created this textbook himself. He conducted the experiments. He wrote the descriptions. He painted the pictures. He understood the material. He is engaged.