The Curriculum of the Steiner School

The Curriculum of the Steiner School
updated March 15, 2015

See also
Grades Curriculum on Waldorf FAQs page
High School Curriculum on Waldorf FAQs page


First Grade

  • Form Drawing
  • Writing: introduction to the alphabet
  • Mathematics:
    the quality of numbers,
    counting to 100,
    Roman and Arabic numerals,
    the four processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Nature Study
  • Singing and introduction to the Recorder
  • Handwork: Knitting
  • Eurythmy
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting, Beeswax Modelling, Crayon Drawing


Second Grade

  • English:
    fables from around the world,
    study of the saints,
    introduction to reading,
    grammar
  • Mathematics:
    continuing work with the four processes,
    Column Algorithms
  • Form Drawing
  • Nature Study:
    through Aesop's fables,
    work of Thornton W. Burgess,
    Native American stories
  • Singing and Recorder
  • Handwork: Knitting, Crochet
  • Eurythmy
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting and Modelling


Third Grade

  • English: intensive study of grammar
  • Writing: introduction to cursive handwriting
  • Mathematics of Practical Life:
    Time, Temperature, Weight & Volume,
    linear measurement (integrated into Housebuilding),
    Trade Goods & The Development of Currency
  • Form Drawing
  • Social and Environmental Studies:
    Farming and Gardening,
    Housebuilding
  • Cultural Studies: stories of the Old Testament, Jewish festivals
  • Drama
  • Singing: singing in rounds
  • Recorder
  • Handwork: Spinning, Weaving
  • Eurythmy
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting
  • Sports


Fourth Grade

  • English:
    work in grammar continues
    introduction to composition writing through personal narratives
    tall tales
  • Zoology: comparative study of human being and other animals
  • Geography and Local History
  • Cultural Studies: Norse mythology
  • Mathematics: Introduction to Fractions
  • Form Drawing: Celtic knots
  • Singing: singing two-part songs
  • Orchestra: choosing a string instrument
  • Handwork: Embroidery, Cross Stitch
  • Eurythmy
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting
  • Sports


Fifth Grade

  • Ancient History -
    India
    Persia
    Mesopotamia
    Egypt
    Greece
  • American Geography
  • Botany
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics: Fractions and Decimals
  • Singing and Orchestra
  • Handwork:
    Woodworking
    Knitting
  • Eurythmy
  • English: reading, writing, and grammar
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting
  • Sports


Sixth Grade

  • History - the transition from ancient to modern:
    the decline of Greece,
    the rise and fall of Rome, and
    the effects of these cultures on European civilization up through the Middle Ages
  • World Geography
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Physics:
    Acoustics
    Optics
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics: Percentage and Ratio
  • Singing and Orchestra
  • Handwork: Woodworking
  • Eurythmy
  • English: reading, writing, and grammar
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting
  • Sports


Seventh Grade

  • History - Renaissance and Reformation
  • World Geography
  • Physics:
    Mechanics
    Inorganic Chemistry
    Physiology
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics: Algebra
    Negative Numbers
    Square and Cube Roots
  • Singing and Orchestra
  • Handwork:
    Embroidery
    Carving
    Clay Modeling
  • Eurythmy: ballads, drama, tragedy
  • English including creative writing
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting
  • Sports


Eighth Grade

  • History - the Industrial Revolution to the present day
  • Geography as related to World Economics
  • Physics:
    Acoustics
    Thermodynamics
    Mechanics
    Electricity and Magnetism
    Hydraulics
    Aerodynamics
    Meteorology
    Ecology
    Organic Chemistry
    Physiology
  • Geometry: measurement of surfaces and volume
  • Mathematics: practical applications of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry
    Graphing
  • Singing and Orchestra:
    Elizabethan Music
    American Music
    Symphonic Form
  • Handwork:
    Machine Sewing
    Darning
    Artistic Hand-Sewing Projects
    Soapstone Carvings
    Carpentry
  • Eurythmy: poems with contrasting moods
  • English: the short story, letters, and Shakespearean drama
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting: highlights and shadows in portraits and landscapes
  • Sports


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