New vs. Old Preschool Curriculum
updated February 23, 2017

New Recommended Preschool Booklist

The most Waldorf-y of curriculums is written by Live Education! However, I prefer to take that money and put it into more specific books, spending the same amount of cash but receiving much much more detailed information. Actually the same amount of money spent at Bob & Nancy's Bookshop (a popular Waldorf bookstore) and Amazon.com (a great place to find used books) gets you hundreds and hundreds of pages worth of curriculum ideas! I have estimated a $300.00 cost to set up a preschool program, including a dozen books and the initial art & craft supplies you'd need. How much more you spend depends, of course, on what you choose for your activities each day.

Having done Waldorf with my small children for a while, here is the list of essential preschool books I recommend to families who ask what they should buy just starting out.

By purchasing the 12 books listed, you will have an excellent group of Waldorf resource books and you can blend them together to give you everything you need. I can help with the transition if you aren't sure how to put them together but you will receive...

    a description of a preschool daily schedule

    ideas on how to set up the classroom

    recipes

    verses to use throughout the day

    many seasonal projects

    finger plays and games

    directions for making all the toys you'll need

    specific painting lessons

    songs to sing

    ideas for celebrating the festivals of the year

    beginning eurythmy lessons

    parenting suggestions

    child development information

    and much more!


Original Preschool Curriculum

Here's the older stuff. This was my first try at Waldorf.


This site records my journey. I hope my honesty is encouraging and helps break down some barriers that may prevent people from trying Waldorf methods. Because this is an ongoing site documenting my curriculum planning and ideas, some materials are more Waldorf-y than others. Please feel free to take what you like and leave the rest.

When my oldest daughter turned 2 1/2 I began to look around for homeschooling options. I chose Waldorf education because it was clearly the best of the best. However, even though I was trained in Reggio Emilia and interested in Montessori and had a B.A. in Philosophy and held a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education, I knew nothing about Waldorf. I purchased the Oak Meadow Preschool package and dove in. I began to read everything I could get my hands on and I worked on gradually transitioning our home and my parenting and teaching style over to Waldorf.

These units and newsletters were what I wrote as a part of my transition. They are not necessarily what I would recommend now because I know more now. But they are authentic to my journey and where I was at the time. I have kept them online in case they help others who are going through the same transition.

Please always feel free to substitute my stories and ideas with what you have. They were just what I had in front of me at the time.

And please be aware that these lesson notes are descriptive and not prescriptive; at all times Waldorf education emphasizes responding to the unique individual child who is in front of you.

There is not and never will be a prescriptive Waldorf curriculum which you can purchase in binder form and turn to page 1 and begin. Why? Because of anthroposophy, the philosophy about human development which undergirds the Steiner/Waldorf method.

The Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy by Rudolf Steiner - essential reading


School "Subjects"

Music & Movement

Art

Nature

Cooking

Play

Handwork

Helping

Stories


Unit #3 - Insects

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This unit is designed to be taught during the Spring.

Art:

The art focus for this unit is creative paint techniques.
Creating with Paint: New Ways, New Materials - by Sherrill Kahn

Handwork:

The handwork focus is wet felting.
The Art of Feltmaking - by Anne Einset Vickrey

Nature:

The nature focus is the life cycle of insects.
DK Handbooks: Insects - by George C. McGavin

The six insects studied are:
ant, butterfly, dragonfly, ladybug, bumblebee, and cricket



Beautiful Photographs of
BUTTERFLIES IN BLOOM


Please note: although Anne Moze used to offer a hand-made wooden "life cycle of a butterfly" set (below) through this site, she no longer does. However, you can visit her Etsy shop Hutton Road and contact her if you want to make a special request.




This complete life cycle of a butterfly set includes the following items:
    1 leaf with four small eggs painted on; approx 2" across
    1 caterpillar; 2.25"
    1 branch with a removeable pupa; branch 4" pupa 2.25"
    1 monarch butterfly which can be removed from its stand; 1.75" alone 2.25" on the stand.

This set fits all together in a wooden box for easy storage (included). This set is made entirely in Nebraska by Anne Moze using poplar wood, stained with non toxic acrylic paints and sealed with an organic walnut oil.



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