The Hartsbrook School

Elementary School

ESparkerWebA day in the grades begins with the Main Lesson, a block of time devoted to a particular subject for three to four weeks. Academic subjects are presented imaginatively to engage the whole-hearted participation of the students — physically, cognitively, and emotionally — and incorporating movement, music, drama, modeling, painting, and drawing along with traditional skills. The Main Lesson is led by the class teacher, who accompanies the students through each grade, one year after another, building on past lessons and laying the foundation for future studies and in-depth understanding.

A broad array of subjects follows the Main Lesson each day. All grades participate in world languages, physical education (Games), movement (Eurythmy) and handwork. Instrumental music begins in grade 3, choral music in grade 5, and woodworking in grade 5. Starting in grade 2, the classes enter the Land Stewardship program by planting their “Three Sisters” garden. These special subject classes are taught by additional members of the faculty.