One of the overarching Main Lesson themes for Class 3 is The Old Testament Stories.
“Stories from the Old Testament speak to the child’s growing independence and the first stirrings of true logical thought. The ability to understand right and wrong is reflected in Moses giving his people the Law and, as this is no straightforward process, the nine-year-old can inwardly relate to the way the Israelites accepted that Law! The struggle to overcome jealousy and revenge, questions of what is right and wrong, and when to have faith in authority, are all present in the Old Testament as they are in most nine-year-olds. By absorbing these stories the child will also gain an inner understanding of both Judaism and Christianity, something really important to an appreciation of our Western culture, even if you and your family are neither Jewish nor Christian.” Donna Simmons, The Christopherus Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers
This has been a wonderful main lesson to work through at home. Apart from having rich stories to share, question and discussions, the content allows for the development of a wide range of skills.