The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 1

Notes and Lesson Plans

Archetypal Professions
updated January 18, 2020


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Archetypal Professions
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For more on Steiner's 12 Archetypal Professions, I highly recommend the important work of Suzanne Down!

Women's Writes of Passage December 24 - January 6, 2020
A Course for the Holy Nights Inspired by Steiner's 12 Professions and the Soul Powers They Represent. Online

The Annual Puppet Boot Camp: A Five Day Intensive
The 2019 topic was Steiner's 12 Professions: The Moral Value and Artistry of the Worker Archetype in Story, Puppetry, and Fairy Tales. Boulder CO


Each Archetype has other professions which fall under it; the Archetypes can also work together. Each has a series of gestures which embody its work, and she is the expert at using these gestures and puppetry in a therapeutic way to bring the essence of these ancient professions to children, helping them to feel a sense of stability and purpose in an ever-changing world.


Some general resources:


Some resources for various professions:

Farmer
Note: This is explored in further detail in Third Grade Farming & Gardening.


Gardener
Note: This is explored in further detail in Third Grade Farming & Gardening.


Baker
Note: This is explored in further detail in Third Grade Measurement.


Weaver
Note: This is explored in further detail in Third Grade Handwork.


Spinner
Note: This is explored in further detail in Third Grade Handwork.


Builder
Note: This is explored in further detail in Third Grade Housebuilding.


Beekeeper
Note: This is explored in further detail in Fourth Grade Zoology.


Healer
Note: This is explored in further detail in Fifth Grade Botany.


Protector


Shoemaker

    The Elves and the Shoemaker

    Cinderella

    Twelve Dancing Pricesses

    Puss in Boots

    Little Snow-White (red hot iron shoes)

    Hop O'My Thumb (seven league boots)

    field trip or special guest


Cobbler


Tailor


Merchant


Shepherd / Shepherdess

    field trip

    Little Boy Blue

    Little Bo-Peep

    taste sheep yogurt, cheese


Goatherder

    Peter in Heidi by Joanna Spyri, chapters 2 & 3

    taste goat milk, yogurt, cheese


Hunter

    field trip / archery lessons


Woodsman


Blacksmith


Fisherman


Scientist
a modern profession in the Fisherman category
fishing for insight -- different from gathering food
goes to vast, deep, wide, far sea -- very drawn
his connection to something so huge -- there's a deep reverence
finding the mysteries they cannot see -- throw a line, a net, pull out treasures

    special guest: ours was a microbiologist studying early life on Earth

    local:
    Dr. Scott Hamilton-Brehm
    Dr. Punit Kohli


Note: When I taught this in 2020 I spent one week on the Four Elements and three weeks on the Archeyptal Professions. If I were to do this again, I would give the Four Elements a full four week block and the Professions a full four week block, covering three professions in each week.

My blog posts from teaching this topic:



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