The Curriculum of the Steiner School

Bridge Curriculum
updated July 22, 2016


Bridge curriculum for 6 year olds


A homeschool program for 6 year olds preparing to enter First Grade. This short curriculum fills the gap between kindergarten and first grade and introduces your child to new challenges, while still delaying academic content.

Lists of many specific signs of first grade readiness are also included to help you assess your child.

*NEW* First Grade Readiness - Resources, Insights and Tools for Waldorf Educators edited by Nancy Blanning
available as a free download from the Online Waldorf Library website!

Two Ways to Do Finger Knitting old blog post
(includes one more sign of first grade readiness)


For this age and stage I would also suggest the following resources, if you don't already own them:


Movement for the Young Child: A Handbook for Eurythmists and Kindergarten Teachers
by Estelle Bryer
now available as a FREE eBook at the Online Waldorf Library -- download it here



Games Children Play: How Games and Sport Help Children Develop
by Kim John Payne



The Waldorf Book of Animal Poetry
edited by David Kennedy



Festivals Together: A Guide to Multi-Cultural Celebration
by Sue Fitzjohn, Minda Weston, and Judy Large



Summer: Nature Activities for Children
by Irmgard Kutsch and Brigitte Walden



Autumn: Nature Activities for Children
by Irmgard Kutsch and Brigitte Walden



Winter: Nature Activities for Children
by Irmgard Kutsch and Brigitte Walden



Spring: Nature Activities for Children
by Irmgard Kutsch and Brigitte Walden



Beautiful Stuff!: Learning with Found Materials
by Cathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini

It is said that there is nothing that ISN'T Waldorf, it's just a question of WHEN. The Reggio Emiliaphilosophy is too academic for Waldorf early childhood, but this is a great time to explore it!


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