We carry the spiral bound main lesson books commonly used in Waldorf schools in our Creative Arts section, but beautiful, handmade books like those shown above are lovely to create for lesson work as well.
In Waldorf education, subjects are taught in 3-6 week long blocks. Since standard textbooks and worksheets are not used for instruction, the students frequently create their own books to sythesize what they've learned throughout the block. Students typically include their very best work with artistic titles, carefully written texts, detailed drawings, and sometimes intricate borders. Paintings and other items (such as leaf pressings or photos) can also be pasted into the books. Each book, in itself, a testimony to the importance of care, perservance, and effort, becomes a treasured work of art as well as a visual record of lessons. Below are a wide variety of Main Lesson Book pages from several Fairbanks homeschooling families representing students from grades K-8. You may notice some repetition in subject matter as there are examples of the same lesson page completed by different children. Several of the lessons shown here are inspired by the Live Education curriculum and it is very interesting to compare the resulting pages as interpreted by different families. If you would like to see a larger image of a particular page, please click the photo.