Class 1 Parent Teacher Meeting
April 24 2007
Topic: The 7th Year and the 4 Temperments + Update on Class 1 Curriculum and
Attendee’s: Rosina, Lyn McCormick, Lisa Romero, Parents (approx 20)
The 7th Year – By Lisa Romero
As the children enter their 7th year they begin a new consciousness with much more
awareness of their sensory system. This is due to the child’s developmental cycle that is
shown in Exhibit 1:
The Development Cycle
Physical Birth 42 yrs
Nerve sense System
2 ½ yrs
4 ½ yrs Metabolic Limb System
Evidenced by Change of Teeth
Nerve sense System 35 yrs
Etheric Birth 7 yrs
Astral Birth 14 yrs
Steiner talks about three major development cycles which are each approximately 7 years
in length. Stage 1 is from birth to 7 years of age and culminates in the change of teeth.
Stage 2 begins around the age of seven when their Etheric birth is announced by the
change of teeth. Stage 3 refers to their astral birth at the age of 14 and is apparent by the
children entering puberty. Stage 4 is the ego birth at 21 years of age.
During this transitional time around their 7th year, the child will show the following
They become highly sensory beings who are more fussy about tastes, smells or
other sensory experiences.
Heightened responses to judgements from parents or criticism from friends.
Start comparing themselves to other children.
Begin to find their areas of achievement.
Display a need for sharp concise tasks and jump from one activity to the next.
Be aware of their heightened sense experience (eg hearing becomes more
sensitive and may come home remarking about the noise in the classroom. It is
good to hear and listen to your child’s experience in School but recognise that it
may not be actually be as bad as they are experiencing. The noise level is not
necessarily greater but the sensitivity to sound has increased.)
They desire to accumulate more knowledge or more sensory experiences.
Appear to be very confident but it is important for parents to be mindful of their
still very young age.
There is a risk to overload them with new experiences such as computers but it is
important not to over stimulate their sensory experience at this time.
While the first seven years of a child’s life are about creating a strong healthy physical
body, during the seventh year there is an intellectual awakening with a strong desire by
the child to learn reading, numbers and writing.
The Four Temperaments – By Lisa Romero
Parents and Teachers will also start to see character traits coming through during the
seventh year. Steiner indicates that there are four major temperaments:
1. Melancholic (linked to Earth and Carbon)
2. Phlegmatic (linked to Water and Oxygen)
3. Sanguine (linked to Air and Nitrogen)
4. Choleric (linked to Fire and Hydrogen)
To assist us in identifying the right temperament of our child, it is better to identify the
two temperaments that your child is least and then deduce from that analysis what
temperament your child is more inclined. Usually two predominate in each child. Lisa
Romero then proceeded to go through the character traits of each temperament and how
parents and teachers can more effectively communicate with these temperaments:
Temperament Character Traits Effective Communication
Techniques for Parents and
Melancholic Deep Thinkers Want to be met as individuals
Highly moral individuals Try to meet them with their
A bit more weighted in their experience and empathise with them
approach to life (ie Yes I knew of a boy/girl who
More Pessimistic approach also had to eat all their vegetables
Has one special friend and is very and have no treats…ie can tell an
loyal even sadder story to encourage them
Gives up easier. out of brooding)
Artistic Important to understand their
Feels pain deeply experience and really listen to them
Very compassionate empathetically.
They make excellent counselors. Don’t try to cheer them up with a
They like bitter and sweet tastes happy story or by being flippant
like sugar and rich dark chocolate about their experience.
Temperament Character Traits Effective Communication
Techniques for Parents and
Phlegmatic Creatures of Comfort Want to be met as individuals
Enjoy regular rhythms and Don’t bully them
routines like the same breakfast Often dreamy and uninvolved
everyday. Like to observe
Don’t like starting new things Warn them in advance of any
Extraordinary will forces changes
Incredibly loyal friends for life Provide a safe environment.
Make really great mothers
Extraordinary observers who can
make profound statements
Food is very important
Enjoy watery foods like a daily
tea, gravy and soups.
Sanguine Continually Changing Want to be met as individuals
Social Butterfly Present them with lots of variety but
Lots of Friends and may move always keep bringing them back to
between a number of circle of what you want them to focus on.
friends over a number of years Be new and exciting
Can be superficial Need to be a interesting personality
Short attention span. to maintain their interest.
Can cause problems for others
without noticing (by a chance
remark in passing.)
Choleric Consume everything in their way. Want to be met as individuals
Bossy (pushy) Don’t let them win over teacher or
Believe they know best (often do) Give them problem solving tasks
Very quick Stay ahead of them and ensure you
Wants to win and be challenged. maintain their respect.
Quick to anger. If they are in a Provide plenty of challenges to fuel
rage they can’t hear you, so deal their fire.
with them later (even the next day Important to keep choleric’s on side.
Enjoys hot spicy food like curries.
It is important to learn how to identify these four temperaments and view it is a musical
instrument which you can play better with practice over time.
Steiner Education tries to group children of same temperaments as the child will then
understand themselves better through interaction with children of similar characters and
overtime they will gain a better picture of themselves.
Class 1 Update – By Class Co-ordinators and Rosina
We will confirm after the P&F meeting on the 30th of April whether or not we are doing
this activity this year. There is a strong likelihood that Class 1 will complete this task and
it is a great fundraiser for the class. We learnt some tips from past calendar efforts:
Keep the theme really simple
Try to get it ready for Spring Fair on Sept 23rd.
Get a variety of pictures and ensure it reflects the whole year.
If you are interested, I have attached to this document a list of activities and tasks that are
required so please email the class coordinators if you are interested in any of the
Lots of Maths coming up this term with lots of counting, showing the “truth”
about numbers and their relationships and introducing the number gnomes. In
regards to maths, we will learn the following tables: 1x, 2x, 5x, 10x, 11x
English language – Have now completed most of the upper case letters. Started
with upper case as it reduces the confusion for children and is a recognised
Steiner way of teaching. Will now consolidate the upper case letter and move to
lower case letters in term 3.
At this year’s Winter Festival, Year 1 will put on a play which we have started
rehearsing. There will also be a presentation of their work on this night.
Don’t forget from last terms Harvest festival, there are still a number of bowls
that haven’t been picked up.
For birthdays, you are invited to bring a cake but no parents are invited to the
celebration until Class 3. Rosina will also consider birthday books in future.
Handiwork is now finished and they have moved onto making needles and doing
another form of knitting which will continue to develop the child’s will. They
will also be making a bag for their recorders this term. Parents are welcome to
attend on Thursday afternoon to help in knitting from 1.30pm to 2.45pm.
Parent interviews will be happening this term most probably on Saturdays for
about 30 minutes for each child. Great opportunity to catch up and chat on each
child’s progress. Don’t miss out!!!!
Swimming lessons are scheduled to begin in Term 4.
Lastly, please be mindful of conducting “adult conversations” inside the
classroom when children are present. “Adult” conversations are better to be held
See you all at the next Parent Teacher night. Thanks for coming. Love from All!