While traditional schools pair lecturing with textbook references and worksheets, Waldorf students process and record lectures in notes and illustrations on large, blank pages of high-quality paper. The creation of a Main Lesson book is an active, hands-on experience of learning that encourages both intention and creativity.
Recent studies have further confirmed that drawing is superior to activities such as reading or writing because it forces the person to process information in multiple ways: visually, kinesthetically, and semantically.
Below are a few links to learn more about Main Lesson Books and the impact drawing has on learning and memory:
Where Are The Textbooks? The Use of Main Lesson Books in Waldorf Education, Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm
The Science of Drawing and Memory, edutopia
A Simple Way to Better Remember Things: Draw a Picture, The New York Times