The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 7

Notes and Lesson Plans

Seventh Grade
updated August 23, 2019


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.



Class Seven in Waldorf Education

Mission Statement - Consulting Services - Lending Library



A Peek into the Classroom

Morning Verse for Upper Grades

Waldorf Today Gallery of Main Lesson Book Pages - Middle School
Beautiful and inspiring

Gallery of Chalkboard Drawings in the Waldorf Classroom grades 1 - 8

Waldorf/Steiner Main Lessons and Main Lesson Blocks VERY helpful article
from the Sophia Institute Online Waldorf Teacher Training program

  • The Main Lesson - Principles and Features
  • The Main Lesson - Structure
  • The Main Lesson - Rhythm
  • The Main Lesson - Planning a Main Lesson Block
  • Sample Template for Waldorf/Steiner Main Lesson Block


samples from the Seventh Grade Curriculum by Live Education!


General Waldorf Resources

The Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy
article by Rudolf Steiner

How To Create, Tell, and Recall a Story

Four Ways to Connect with Storytelling
blog post - Simplicity Parenting

Overview of Childhood Characteristics - includes the four temperaments
article by David Mitchell

Blackboard Sketching book by Frederick Whitney (1908)
available online for free - with step by step directions and illustrations

How to Bind a Main Lesson Book

Main Lesson Book pages shared by Christopherus Homeschool Resources

browse through my collection of Pinterest Boards
with chalkboard drawings and main lesson book pages for many main lesson blocks

Movement for Childhood - wonderful site!

Waldorf Today Newsletter
very interesting & free weekly newsletter sent via email each Monday

Block Rotations Grades 1 - 8 (PDF)
by Jamie York

Summary of Math Skills for Grades 1 through 8 (PDF)
by Jamie York

A Grades 1 through 8 Math Curriculum Overview (PDF)
by Jamie York

Word Problems in Grades 1 through 8 (PDF)
by Jamie York

Waldorf Science Newsletter - issues available in PDF format
page 13 of Vol.1 has a Science Curriculum in the Waldorf School Grades 1-8 overview / one page handout, and page 14 has the same for the Waldorf High School Grades 9-12

When Should My Child Begin Music Lessons?
article by Sarah Baldwin

The Spiritual Gifts of Handwork
blog post - Knitting with Children

"Foundations of Waldorf Education" Series Notes
FREE links to all 25 volumes in this series of educational writings by Rudolf Steiner

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Curriculum Planning



Becca's 7th grade year
2017-2018

Becca had a background of Waldorf homeschooling (6th grade), progressive school (5th and 4th grades), traditional public school (2nd grade), and Montessori school (PK, PK, K, K, and 3rd grades).

She skipped 1st grade because the public school wanted to put her back with her peers.
I, on the other hand, was happy with the second year of Kindergarten and wanted her to be 7 when she started first grade.

When we decided to homeschool for her second year of middle school, I picked



Resources & Recommendations Specific to Seventh Grade


Literature


Composition


Mathematics

    See my NEW Middle School Math booklist

    And my suggestions for Math Daily Skills practice

  • Teaching about Money
    blog post - Switzerite
  • RECIPES for RATIOS
    I suggest the following:

      Oobleck - this is the absolute best way to introduce ratios because it doesn't work if you get the ratio correct, but if you DO get the ratio correct it makes an amazing Non-Newtonian Fluid!

      Perfect Lemonade
      and if you didn't do candy making in grade 3, go ahead and cook sugar/water to syrup, then continue cooking and make lollipops as the sugar/water ratio changes

      Fake Blood around the time of Halloween

      Slime - this is equal parts water, glue, and liquid starch (add any food coloring or glitter before you put in the liquid starch)

      Cooking Hot Cereal - oatmeal is 1 part oatmeal to 2 parts water, oat bran is 1 part oat bran to 4 parts water

      Cooking Grains - rice, millet, barley, etc.

      Cinnamon & Sugar - we like 1/2 cup sugar to 2 T cinnamon, what ratio is this?, mix up other ratios and have a bunch of toast with butter and cinnamon sugar, which recipe is your favorite?

      Mold Killer - 2 tsp tea tree essential oil to 2 cups water - calculate ratio - calculate how to reduce this recipe to a 2 oz spray bottle and keep the proportion correct

  • Entire Algebra & Geometry main lesson block plan from Jamie York (PDF)

  • First Steps in Proven Geometry for the Upper Elementary Grades by Ernst Schuberth
    available as a FREE download from the Online Waldorf Library
  • Geometry and the Imagination by A. Renwick Sheen
    available as a FREE download from the Online Waldorf Library

  • A fun note:
    In the "Publisher's Perspective" by Anita Silvey, part of the introduction to the Curious George anthology, we found out that one year -- in 1945 -- the story of Curious George actually sold negative-six copies! Yes, this is possible. Bookstores returned more copies to the publishers than they bought. If you are teaching Algebra in Seventh Grade, this would be a wonderful way to introduce negative numbers! Jamie York suggests that negative numbers NOT be introduced using a number line, which then either becomes a crutch or becomes a source of confusion (such as why a negative times a negative is a positive). He suggests real life examples, like thinking about a bank account and how you could write a check for more money than you have in the bank and, thus, have a negative balance. I appreciate that idea but I love the Curious George story even more because it is a wonderfully quirky real-life example!


Chemistry


Physics


History


Age of Exploration, Renaissance, Reformation


World Geography / Foreign Language online resources


General Resouces

Literature & Composition


History


Handwork


Drawing, Painting, Modeling


Class Plays


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