The Curriculum of the Steiner School

The Curriculum of the Steiner School
updated August 10, 2016

Pine Hill Waldorf School - nice overview of the highlights of each year


See also
Grades Curriculum links on The Waldorf Method page
High School Curriculum links on The Waldorf Method page

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First Grade

  • Form Drawing
  • Writing: introduction to the alphabet
    block capital letters
  • 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
    running forms, leading to cursive handwriting
  • 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 & Gardening,
    Housebuilding
    Fibers & Clothing
  • 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 - map skills, landforms & water features
  • 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, Macrame
  • Eurythmy
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting
  • Sports


Fifth Grade

  • Ancient History -
    India
    Persia
    Mesopotamia
    Egypt
    Greece
  • American Geography - Biomes
  • 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, the Age of Exploration
  • World Geography
    Africa
  • 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, persuasive writing, famous speeches, letters, Shakespearean drama
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting: highlights and shadows in portraits and landscapes
  • Sports


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