Learning and Literacy and Numeracy
The Steiner curriculum unfolds to meet the child’s developmental stages.
Lesson content cannot be arbitrarily placed within a class context. Teaching
matches the “optimum time” ' ie when the child is developmentally ready, in
both intellect and inner life, to take the next step in learning. This approach
provides fulfilment for the child, and engenders confidence. It is truly
Our curriculum is carefully structured in the way it introduces and develops
Literacy and Numeracy. We do not call upon analytical skills until there is an
appropriate ripeness in the older classes. Both Literacy and Numeracy in the
early years are grounded in reality, rich language experiences and visual
imagery. Abstract concepts are avoided in these early stages.
Ghilgai School does not formally test the children before Class 6 because we
are striving to build confidence and joy in the learning experience itself.
Overt testing situations imposed in the primary years negate this striving and
weaken the confidence of many children ' not necessarily via “failure”, often
just by the comparisons that the child inevitably makes of him/herself with
Overt testing moves the child’s focus away from personal growth and personal
“best” and promotes a subtle competitive element within the individual.