The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 1

Notes and Lesson Plans

Four Elements
updated August 19, 2023

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Four Elements
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This is a super-fun Science block! I've just brainstormed some picture books here... and a few activity suggestions. Walter Kraul's book Earth, Water, Fire and Air: Playful Explorations in the Four Elements is wonderful but only practical if you have a well stocked woodshop. If not, never fear. There is plenty you can do harnessing the power of your own creativity and your child's!

Earth, Water, Fire and Air: Playful Explorations in the Four Elements

by Walter Kraul

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

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some beautiful images from Pinterest





    The Burning Mountain
    by Anico Surany

    Ancient Ones: The World of The Old-Growth Douglas Fir

    by Barbara Bash

    there is a haiku in Rain by Anders Holmer that goes really well with this too


    by Anders Holmer

    We had a special guest come in to teach us how to start a fire with two sticks. So cool!

    Also, enjoy a cooking experience, especially with a gas range/oven. We made Stone Soup.

    Making a solar oven out of a pizza box would be great here as well.

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.

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