The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 5

Notes and Lesson Plans

Herbal Medicines
updated July 2, 2020


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!

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.

This page has helpful links and LOADS of free resources to help you plan your fifth grade year. Enjoy!



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Herbal Medicines
for Class 5/6



Pinterest - Renee Schwartz
My curated collection of visuals! Browse sample main lesson book pages, watercolor paintings, chalkboard drawings, etc. for Botany and Herbal Medicines.

There is a lot of content to cover in Botany, so this is can be done as one block or two. If you prefer one block, I would suggest only using my first block's notes (on the Botany page). If you prefer two blocks, you can use the Thomas Elpel materials to go into more detail. This second Botany block can be done in 5th grade or 6th. Please do note that these resources are for teaching Botany in North America.


I decided in the 2020-2021 school year to do two blocks of Botany, each with a focus on hands-on projects. Our first block focused on Herbal Medicines; our second block focused on Planting a Tallgrass Prairie.


Sample Lessons and Free Curriculum


Other Helpful Links


Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game


Books to Buy

A lot of options here, but I recommend three. My go-to baseline book. The Healing Power of Herbs: Medicinal Herbs for Common Ailments by Tina Sams for a wide variety of simple herbal medicine recipes. If you'd like something simpler, I suggest The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health by Susan Hess & Tina Sams (if you want your medicinal foods to be part of the recipes you make every day; this is the easiest way to incorporate this block into daily life). If you have some familiarity with preparing herbal remedies and want to go deeper into your practice and use less common ingredients, I recommend Herbalism at Home by Kristine Brown.


Other lovely options that are directly aimed for children this age are Walking the World in Wonder: A Children's Herbal by Ellen Evert Hopman and Medicinal Plants Coloring Book by Ilil Arbel.


At this point, this block is still in the planning stages and I'm looking for a place to put all of my ideas. If you have a wonderful herbal medicine recipe and would like to share it, please do!


Recipe Notes

Ginger-Turmeric Herbal Tea recipe

Alcohol-Free Homemade Elderberry Syrup recipe

Lavender & Lemon Balm Popsicles recipe


Story Notes


The Legend of the Lady Slipper

Ojibwe
retold by Margi Preus and Lise Lunge-Larsen



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