The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 4

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Norse Mythology
updated March 4, 2017

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Norse Mythology
for Class 4

My Pinterest Board for Norse Mythology

MLB pages - Norse Mythology I & II
my blog post with all of the photographs of Leah's work for this block

Grade 4 Nordic Blocks
blog post - Syrendell

Main Text

We are using

I always seem to have so many books for every block but I sat down and deliberately chose just one anthology to guide us here. D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths has 30 chapters, so two blocks of four weeks each. I took a lot of time before I picked their book; their Greek Myths volume is not my favorite. But I think this collection is very well done! (Notes on other Norse Mythology collections, if you want some different options, are listed at the end of this page.)

The stories go as follows (and if I see a painting/modeling/handwork connection from one of my art books I've included it here in my notes):

Block I

  • The First Gods and Giants
  • The Creation of the World
  • The Creation of Man
  • Yggdrasil, the World Tree
  • Asgard and the Aesir Gods
  • Odin, the All-father
  • Thor, the Thunder-god
  • Loki, the God of the Jotun Race
  • Sif's Golden Hair
  • Loki's Monstrous Brood
  • Balder, the God of Light
  • Heimdall, the Watchman of Asgard
  • Njord, Frey and Freya
  • Bragi, God of Poetry
  • Odin's Eight-legged Steed

  • Block II

  • The Valkyries and Valhalla
  • Frigg and the Goddesses
  • Freya's Wonderful Necklace
    • My puppetry apron storytelling idea! Dye the silk background in beautiful ocean blues, wet felt the rocky landscape, sew two wool felt seal finger puppet animals, and embroider Freya's beautiful necklace with embroidery floss or embellish it with glass seed beads.

  • Idunn's Apples of Youth
  • Skade, the Ski-goddess
  • Frey and Gerd, the Jotun Maiden
  • The Theft of Thor's Hammer
  • Thor and the Jotun Geirrod
  • Thor and the Jotun Utgardsloki
  • Thor and the Jotun Rungnir
  • Thor and the Jotun Aegir
  • The Death of Balder
  • Loki's Punishment
  • Ragnarokk, the Destiny of the Gods
  • A New World

  • NOTES:

    These are the other books I own for this topic:

    Norse Mythology And the Modern Human Being
    no retellings of legends, strictly an explanation of why these are so important in Waldorf education
    by Ernst Uehli, translated by Rudolf Copple

    I've just learned that this book is available for free at the Online Waldorf Library

    chapter 1: Mimir
    chapter 2: Baldur and His Death
    chapter 3: Odin and the Fenriswolf
    chapter 4: Thor and the Giants
    chapter 5: Freyr and Gerda
    chapter 6: Odin, Vidar and Michael

    The Norse Stories and Their Significance
    27 stories, plus explanation of anthroposophical significance in the development of the child, no illustrations
    by Roy Wilkinson

    Iduna and the Magic Apples
    beautiful picture book by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by Laszlo Gal

    Odin's Family: Myths of the Vikings
    collection of 15 stories and illustrations for each, best if you only have time for one 4 week Norse Mythology block
    retold by Neil Philip, illustrated by MaryClare Foa

    Gods and Heroes from Viking Mythology (The World Mythology Series)
    the older version of this MLB I wrote was based on this anthology of 28 stories,
    text by Brian Branston, illustrations by Giovanni Caselli

    It is also an excellent choice if you want to do two blocks, with superior illustrations and longer more detailed retellings than D'Aulaires', which may be your preference

    my older Norse Mythology I PDF

    my older Norse Mythology II PDF

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