The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 2

Notes and Lesson Plans

Stories of the Saints
updated August 19, 2023

Recorded here is my own personal collection of articles, resources, favorite links, teaching ideas, and lesson plans. It encompasses many years, from the very beginning of my experience studying and learning about Waldorf to the present time. People from all around the world visit my site and recommend it to others. Welcome!

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My curated collection of visuals! Browse sample main lesson book pages, watercolor paintings, chalkboard drawings, etc. for Saints.

collections of "Saints Faith Stories" available online at Gateway to the Classics:

    The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts by Abbie Farwell Brown

    The Book of Saints and Heroes by Mrs. Lang

    A Child's Book of Saints by William Canton

    A Child's Book of Warriors by William Canton

    Christ Legends by Selma Lagerlof

    God's Troubadour: The Story of St. Francis of Assissi by Sophie Jewett

    In God's Garden by Amy Steedman

    Legends and Stories of Italy by Amy Steedman

    Our Island Saints by Amy Steedman

    Saints and Heroes to the End of the Middle Ages by George Hodges

    Saints and Heroes Since the Middle Ages by George Hodges

    Saints of Italy by Ella Noyes

    The Seven Champions of Christendom by F.J. Harvey Darton

    Stories of the Saints by Grace Hall

    The Story of Saint Christopher and the Story of Saint Cuthbert by Marcy Macgregor

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There are SO many resources for the Saints block! But I have owned, read, and used almost all of them and narrowed it down quite a bit. I found the best! There are basically two collections of stories from which to choose, depending on whose style you prefer: Ursula Synge or Cynthia Zarin.

The Giant at the Ford and Other Legends of the Saints by Ursula Synge (15 stories) is out of print (the link to the stories online is above; thank you, Noa, for letting me know about it). I primarily use Cynthia Zarin's Saints Among the Animals (10 stories). Both collections are very well written.

Saints Among the Animals

by Cynthia Zarin

UPDATE 10/15/2020:

I have been searching for more stories about Black Saints and am very happy to share that I found a great one! It is an easy-to-read chapter book with large print, perfect for kids this age. It is about Moses the Black, a fascinating character because he was a robber and a murderer before he became a monk. I highly recommend it, and you'd likely have to buy it since it probably won't be at your local library.

The book is called Abba Moses: Notorious Robber, Desert Father by Andrew Votipka.

I did this main lesson block in November 2015. Here is the blog post with photographs of all of Leah's MLB pages. Our final list of saints was:

Note: We didn't do this -- we created an illustration using dried rose petals -- but the Celery Heart Roses would make a very beautiful art project for St. Elizabeth of Hungary. It would be a very easy main lesson book illustration as well!

My blog posts from teaching this bock in 2020:

My blog posts from teaching this block in 2018:

My blog posts from teaching this topic in 2015:

my older Saints Unit (PDF)
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.

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