Resources for the Lower Grades

Frequently Asked Questions About the Waldorf Method

Curriculum Overviews from Waldorf Schools

Sample Main Lesson Book Pages

Eurythmy FAQ - with links compiled by John Ralph

Waldorf Education: A Family Guide by Pamela J. Fenner
provides an excellent description of each grade and what subjects should be studied

Waldorf Without Walls
homeschool consultation service

Setting up a Physical Education program for your child
notes from Touch the Earth, Gently by Alan Whitehead

    This valuable book is necessary reading for every homeschooling parent. Alan goes into great detail on the role of the temperaments in Physical Education, the seven movement types, and very specific suggestions as to what should be taught each year and why.

    He recommends seven five-week long P.E. blocks each school year, preferably taught during the last two hours of the day Friday afternoon.

    I strongly urge you not to base your P.E. program strictly on my notes but to purchase the book, available from Bob & Nancy's Bookshop for $16.95.

World Wide School
simply inspirational!

Consulting and Custom Unit Design services offered by Waldorf Curriculum

Storytelling - advice from Marsha Johnson

An Alternative View on Why, When and How Computers Should Be Used in Education - article by Valdemar W.Setzer and Lowell Monke

Are Textbooks Necessary? - article by Helene Stapinski

Lazure Painting - by Waldorf Curriculum
This is a summary of information shared between Waldorf Curriculum members on our Yahoo Group regarding Lazure painting

*NEW* Curriculum Resources for the Grades & High School
online version of the catalogue published by the Bookstore at Rudolf Steiner College
booklist for each section of the Waldorf curriclum begins on page 46
this is a great way to read about each of the Waldorf books and choose which ones suit you best


Community Bulletin Board

notes for First Grade
notes for Second Grade
notes for Third Grade
notes for Fourth Grade


Bridge

See our Bridge curriculum, a homeschool program for 6 year olds preparing to enter First Grade. This short curriculum fills the gap between kindergarten and first grade and introduces your child to new challenges, while still delaying academic content. Signs of first grade readiness are also included to help you assess your child.


Morning Verse for Grades 1 - 4

from Waldorf Education: A Family Guide by Pamela J. Fenner


The Sun with loving light
Makes bright for me each day,
The soul with spirit power
Gives strength unto my limbs,
In sunlight shining clear
I revere, Oh God,
The strength of humankind,
Which Thou so graciously
Has planted in my soul,
That I with all my might,
May love to work and learn.
From Thee stream light and strength
To Thee rise love and thanks.

Rudolf Steiner


First Grade

What's Taught?
The Waldorf School Curriculum - Grade 1 by Eugene Schwartz

Suggested Course of Study for First Grade by Waldorf Curriculum


See our First Grade Curriculum Overview -- with 138 pages of notes and background information on what and how to teach in first grade (my own personal compilation of notes and ideas).

I also offer my thoughts on a First Grade Booklist, a shorter list of essential books which, combined with the Kindergarten Booklist, will give you everything you need to teach First Grade with confidence.

Please also check out our Community Bulletin Board page for suggestions from Waldorf Curriuculum members.


Second Grade

What's Taught?
The Waldorf School Curriculum - Grade 2 by Eugene Schwartz

Suggested Course of Study for Second Grade by Waldorf Curriculum


The following units are available from Waldorf Curriculum:

  • Fables Unit (Autumn)
  • Saints Unit (Winter)
    Note: This block is meant to be taught in December. Please be aware that this block is written for families who celebrate Christmas; however, it can easily be modified.
  • Column Algorithms (Spring)
Is there a subject you're having a hard time finding resources for? Please contact us with requests for unit topics. In the meantime, we recommend the Spiritual Syllabus program by Alan Whitehead to assist you in your lesson planning.

Please also check out our Community Bulletin Board page for suggestions from Waldorf Curriuculum members.


Third Grade

What's Taught?
The Waldorf School Curriculum - Grade 3 by Eugene Schwartz

*NEW* Noah and the Flood - a play for 3rd grade by Eugene Schwartz

Suggested Course of Study for Third Grade by Waldorf Curriculum


The following units are available from Waldorf Curriculum:

Is there a subject you're having a hard time finding resources for? Please contact us with requests for unit topics. In the meantime, we recommend the Spiritual Syllabus program by Alan Whitehead to assist you in your lesson planning.

Please also check out our Community Bulletin Board page for suggestions from Waldorf Curriuculum members.


Fourth Grade

What's Taught?
The Waldorf School Curriculum - Grade 4 by Eugene Schwartz


The following units are available from Waldorf Curriculum:

Is there a subject you're having a hard time finding resources for? Please contact us with requests for unit topics. In the meantime, we recommend the Spiritual Syllabus program by Alan Whitehead to assist you in your lesson planning.

Please also check out our Community Bulletin Board page for suggestions from Waldorf Curriuculum members.


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