The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 1

Notes and Lesson Plans

Four Seasons & Nature Study
updated August 19, 2023

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Four Seasons & Nature Study
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Waldorf Main Lesson Block Planning: Four Seasons

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My curated collection of visuals! Browse sample main lesson book pages, watercolor paintings, chalkboard drawings, etc. for Nature Table as well as

I'll be completely honest and say that this block has always somewhat baffled me. I have lots of notes on my Four Seasons & Poetry page as to how I have taught it in the past. Please also visit it as well.

This 2020 iteration is the most recent and contains my current ideas of what should be done. My third/fourth grade homeschool group was doing the Farming & Gardening main lesson at the same time, so the two groups did many things together. As always, take what you like and leave the rest!

Hum and Swish

by Matt Myers

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Books to Buy for a Year-Round Nature Study Curriculum

I think the best thing you can do for this block is to buy the excellent Nature Activities for Children series by Irmgard Kutsch and Brigitte Walden. These books are organized very thoughtfully, with specific topics to teach each month and three months included in each seasonal book. For every topic a number of detailed projects are provided, with instructions and photographs.

Spring Nature Activities for Children

    March - Nesting; Sowing, Sprouting, Growing
    April - Creating Garden Spaces
    May - Plant-Based Dyes and Paints; Milk Processing; Beekeeping

Summer Nature Activities for Children

    June - Working with Herbs; Breeding Butterflies
    July - Water; Earth; Air; Fire
    August - From Grain to Bread

Autumn Nature Activities for Children

    September - Harvesting Fruits and Vegetables
    October - Basket-making; House-building
    November - Caring for Birds; Working with Beeswax; Making Paper

Winter Nature Activities for Children

    December - Advent
    January - Working with Wool
    February - Working with Willow; Woodworking; Working with Clay

Another option I highly recommend is using Exploring Nature with Children ($18) as your 1st/2nd grade Nature Study. It goes along with Anna Botsford Comstock's Handbook of Nature Study.

Handbook of Nature Study

by Anna Botsford Comstock

If presenting it as a main lesson block, the focus is on stories and art projects and hands-on activities which give a sense of the essence of each season. It can be fun to travel through the cycle of the year in this abbreviated way, and enjoy the things which are your favorite about each!

My blog posts from teaching this as a quick three-week main lesson block in February 2020:

My blog posts from brainstorming doing the Four Seasons again, taking more time for each one:

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