Children go through a dramatic developmental shift around the age of nine. Waldorf Education recognizes and reflects this change in the third grade curriculum.
This is the beginning of sadness, I say to myself,
as I walk through the universe in my sneakers.
It is time to say good-bye to my imaginary friends,
time to turn the first big number.
It seems only yesterday I used to believe
there was nothing under my skin but light.
If you cut me I would shine.
But now if I fall upon the sidewalks of life,
I skin my knees. I bleed.
—Billy Collins, “On Turning Ten”
In third grade, when the entire class is turning nine, language arts block covers the Old Testament from the Bible. This is not a religious decision but a story decision. The story of Adam and Eve reflects the common feelings of a nine-year-old—they want to try forbidden things and then are shocked at the consequences. They are ashamed and they experience an overwhelming sense of loss. To learn more about the 9-year-old change, check out the links below: