Class 2/3 are finishing off the year with a Building Main Lesson, and this week they have been learning the skills of bricklaying and then rendering their neat little wall.

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Children cross a threshold during Class 3. At some point during the ninth year the child becomes aware, either suddenly or gradually, of him or herself as a separate entity for the first time. This can be a challenging time for a child, raising fears and anxieties, unexplainable feelings of grief or inadequacy.

The Steiner-Waldorf curriculum supports children through this delicate time with Main Lessons and practical activities that ask the child to consider and study the world anew from a different perspective. They are helped to exercise their new powers of objectivity and their ability to make judgments, in addition to experiencing a greater sense of self-sufficiency.

The activities of Farming and Building are challenging – this is problem-solving at its most pragmatic – yet at the same time deeply reassuring. By the end of Class 3 the children are filled with the confidence that they are quite capable of providing for themselves the basics of food and shelter. Not bad for a 9 year old!