Waldorf Curriculum

Here’s a reproducible from a Waldorf curriculum, especially for you homeschoolers!  (Probably most related to an unschooling or Charlotte Mason program.)

Birth-24mos:

Morning Garden Music: music and movement that welcomes young children into the world of rhymes, chants, songs, and dances.  (Similar to KinderMusik)

Ages 1-3:

Children explore, play, move, sing, bake, and interact with peers while parents share ideas and do crafts.

Nursery/Kindergarten (Ages 3-6, toilet trained)

A warm, home-like setting that provides a gentle and secure introduction to the world of school.  Lays the foundation for later academic achievement.  Watercolors, drawing, baking, puppetry, music, circle games, crafts, woodworking, eurhythmy, active outdoor play.  Storytelling, creative play strengthens the imagination, forming the basis of literacy.

Grade School (often just 1-8).

  • Music (recorder prior to Grade 3, strings from Grad 3 onward)
  • Handwork (knitting, woodwork, etc)
  • Fine Arts (painting, drawing, modeling)
  • Physical education and eurhythmy (rhythmic gymnastics)
  • Drawing

You will observe a shift from verbal emphases during the early grades to scientific/social emphases in later grades.
 Grade 1:

Fairy tales, nature stories, folk tales; phonetic awareness, reading through writing, printing uppercase letters, names, and familiar words; arithmetic (add, subtract, multipl., division); plants, animals, metamorphosis, awareness of environment; neighborhood walks, parks, farms.

Grade 2:

Fables and legends; beginning reading, beginning writing, grammar, reads own writing; arithmetic (multiplication tables, addition with carrying, place value); respect for nature, complexity, celebrating sun/moon festivals, orbits; language, songs, games from other cultures

Grades 3:

Native American and early cultures, gifts of the land, making food and clothing, textiles, farming; practical life studies: farming, housing, gardening, soil and hut-building projects, climate; silent reading, writing, composition, punctuation, grammar, spelling, creative writing; arithmetic (four digit problems), money, measurements

Grade 4:

Norse mythology, legends, timelines; local history and geography, maps; chapter books, plot and setting, spelling, story-writing, ordering ideas/comprehension, letter writing, oral book reports; zoology; free hand geometry, fractions, long division; uniqueness of humankind, early primatology, technology and inventions

Grade 5:

Ancient civilizations, Greek mythology; American geography, topography, vegetation, agriculture, economy; harder chapter books, reference works, genre, sentence and revision strategies, editing; botany, zoology, relationships and ecosystems; decimals, ratios, metric system

Grade 6:

Roman and medieval history, civil engineering, economics, inventions; physics, acoustics, electricity, astronomy; literature, interpretation, advanced writing skills; speech, drama; geometry, consumer math

Grade 7:

Reformation and Renaissance, humanism, modern science, slavery, exploration; lands and oceans, global geography, physiology and nutrition; physics and astronomy, inorganic chemistry; non-fiction work, complex literary discussions, revision strategies, in-depth composition, poetry, drama; algebra, graphs, advanced arithmetic and prealgebra

Grade 8:

Modern history (18-21st cent), Constitution, technology/industrial revolution; social world geography and economic interdependence; physics, anatomy, organic chemistry; evaluation, interpretation, analysis skills, complex writing projects; advanced algebra, computer algorithms

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