updated October 15, 2017
Morning Verse for Upper Grades
by Rudolf Steiner
FREE Examples of Chalkboard Drawings and Main Lesson Book Pages
Beautiful and inspiring
The AWSNA Curriculum Chart is an INVALUABLE resource
Highly recommended, inexpensive, concise format, yet detailed and thorough -- and it's only $8.00! If you plan on homeschooling with Waldorf, you need to get this.
The Waldorf School Curriculum - Grade 8
Block Rotations and Course Descriptions by Eugene Schwartz
Block Rotations Grades 1 - 8 (PDF)
written by Jamie York
Grade 8 Content from Waldorf Teacher Resources
An unbelievable resource with FREE main lesson pages and lesson plans (called "gems")
Samples from the Eighth Grade Curriculum by Live Education!
The Louisiana Purchase from American History in the 19th Century
The Factory City from Revolutionaries and Romantics: European History
Plot Development from The Art of the Short Story with Charcoal Drawing
The Chemistry of the Limestone Cycle from Chemistry
A Few Facts About American Nutrition from Hygeia: Nutrition and Physiology
Criticisms of Marxism from World History
Benjamin Franklin from Early American History: Natives, Colonists, and Revolutionaries
Chinese Buddhism and the Silk Road: Bodhidharma Comes from the West from China Ancient and Modern: Geography, History, and Culture
Finland from European Geography
Work, Power, and Energy from Physics II: Electricity, Magnetism, Mechanics, Acoustics, Optics
Cartesian Coordinates from Introduction to Algebra
Excerpts and Sample Lessons from
The Sentence Sounds a Melody: Grammar for the Upper Grades
Natalie's 8th grade year
Natalie came to Waldorf this year with a background of progressive school (7th grade), Sudbury / democratic school (6th grade),
traditional public school (5th and 4th grades), and Montessori school (K, K, 1st, and 2nd grades).
She skipped 3rd grade
because the public school wanted to put her back with her peers.
I, on the other hand, was happy with the second year of Kindergarten and wanted her to be 7 when she started first grade.
When we decided to homeschool for that final year of middle school, I picked
Language blocks: Beowulf; Literary Criticism / Short Story; Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, sonnets)
Mathematics blocks: grade 6 String, Straight-Edge & Shadow; grade 6 Business Math (Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Graphing); Geometry
Cultural blocks: grade 7 Renaissance, Reformation & Age of Exploration; World Geography; U.S. History / Government
Science blocks: Human Physiology (two blocks); Physics
At the end of 8th grade she had to take the ACT EXPLORE test for her high school, so that she could be properly placed into classes.
All of the public, private, and homeschooled 8th graders in our district took this test.
If this is your situation, here are some links to sample EXPLORE tests:
Read My Blog - to follow our homeschool journey day by day...
Visit the Links to the Left - to download my compiled printer-friendly notes about each block...
Check out Additional Lesson Planning Notes below:
Main Lesson Blocks - Specific Resources
Food, Nutrion & Health - Organic Chemistry
World Geography / Foreign Language
One of my daughters is using Destinos to help her learn Spanish.
- Another one of daughters is using Duolingo to help her learn German.
Literature & Composition
Drawing, Painting, Modeling
Is there a subject you're having a hard time finding resources for? Please
contact the Yahoo Group for suggestions from our members or consider
hiring a consultant.