Grammar Teaching, by Brien MastersPerevale Publications
It would be rare for a class teacher in a Waldorf school to allot a full, twenty-eight-day main lesson rhythm to teaching grammar in a class in the lower school. The “family” of main lessons each year—other than grammar of the mother tongue—clamors for the precious time available and is so colorfully attractive that, by comparison, it can make grammar appear like a “country cousin” whose manners are a bit gauche, dress decidedly out of fashion, and the spectrum of conversation somewhat limited. Seen from Rudolf Steiner's approach to child development, however, that country cousin has some of the family's noblest blood to offer the children’s incarnating “I.”
In this concise book, Dr Brien Masters—with a lifetime of experience as a teacher and teacher trainer and educator—presents the rationale behind Waldorf grammar teaching. Along the way, he always includes practical examples for teachers to follow or use as springboards for their own creativity.
Impelled by such an approach, and taught in a lively fashion, the less-than 28-days grammar main lesson (if that’s what it boils down to) can then make its way through the main lessons and extra main lessons that make up the enticing constellation of the year. In addition, it has important implications for teaching foreign languages and as a secure foundation for promoting literacy in the upper grades.