The Online Curriculum Project - Early Childhood
updated March 6, 2017

I believe more than anything that every little new being on this planet deserves the most wonderful childhood a parent can possibly offer. Those early years are the most important investment we, as parents, can make in our children's future health, happiness, and success.

Throughout my website I document my journey in learning about Waldorf and trying to teach in in a Waldorf-inspired manner. I also recommend, based on my personal experience, great books... books that would be a wonderful addition to your curriculum library. But I realize that not everyone has easy access to these books. This is particularly true of some of my international clients.

So my newest project is collecting as many online resources as possible and putting the links all in one place. While not a substitute for visiting a Waldorf school and seeing the method in action, I hope this is helpful!


Background on the Waldorf Method

Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN)

Waldorf World List

First Steps Towards Founding a Waldorf Initiative - Questions and Answers
by Waldorf Worldwide

Wellsprings of the Spirit
by Gary Lamb

writings by Rudolf Steiner available online for free:


General Curriculum Resources - Early Childhood

The Waldorf Clearing House Newsletter devoted an entire issue to the curriculum for preschool:


Entire Waldorf Clearing House Newsletter Archive


Books available to download as free PDFs from the Online Waldorf Library:


Photographs

I work hard putting together collections of great images from Waldorf schools and homeschools around the world. I do recommend Pinterest (setting up an account is free) as an invaluable tool for finding and organizing thousands of inspirational ideas!


Stories

Books available to download as free PDFs from the Online Waldorf Library:


Sign up for the early childhood newsletter from Suzanne Down of Juniper Tree School of Puppetry Arts! This free monthly email newsletter always contains a gentle seasonal story and puppetry suggestions. Here are links to some past issues (from my collection):


Books for the Kindergarten from The Baldwin Project:


Curriculum / Activities

Books available to download as free PDFs from the Online Waldorf Library:


These are NOT free but Barbara Dewey, longtime Waldorf homeschool consultant at Waldorf Without Walls now sells all of her curriculum books as PDFs. For Early Childhood, I suggest


Free Patterns for Toys

Stockmar Online Art Manuals & Free Patterns for Toymaking

Blog posts by Rhythm & Rhyme


Storytelling / Puppetry in Waldorf Early Childhood

I cannot do better than to share my notes from several workshops I've taken with Suzanne Down, the master at Waldorf storytelling and therapeutic puppetry in early childhood, to help you picture what Storytelling and Puppetry look like in action in a Waldorf classroom.

My notes include my initial experiences with needle felting, and step by step instructions for creating several puppets, as well as how to tell the stories.


I went from this experience with Suzanne Down to her week long puppetry workshop July 8 - 12, 2009: "The Sense of Touch and Warmth: Puppetry as Bridge for these Foundations for Life" at the Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten; Boulder CO (which I drove to from Maryland, I was so excited to work with her) and those notes are in the blog in several posts. Please visit the links below.

This is where I learned how to make a rod puppet. Our focus was on the Mother archetype:


Morning Verse for
Preschool & Kindergarten

from the Oak Meadow Preschool Package


(start by bending over touching your toes)

I w-a-ke in the morning

I stre-e-e-tch to the light
(slowly stand up and reach tall with your arms extended above you)

I JUMP (jump, keeping your arms up high) to the Sun

I am ready to start my day
(bring your arms down to your sides)


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