The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 1

Notes and Lesson Plans

The Online Curriculum Project - First Grade - age 7
updated August 30, 2018

I believe more than anything that every little new being on this planet deserves the most wonderful childhood a parent can possibly offer. Those early years are the most important investment we, as parents, can make in our children's future health, happiness, and success.

Throughout my website I document my journey in learning about Waldorf and trying to teach in in a Waldorf-inspired manner. I also recommend, based on my personal experience, great books... books that would be a wonderful addition to your curriculum library. But I realize that not everyone has easy access to these books. This is particularly true of some of my international clients.

So my newest project is collecting as many online resources as possible and putting the links all in one place. While not a substitute for visiting a Waldorf school and seeing the method in action, I hope this is helpful!

Background on the Waldorf Method

Why Waldorf Works: The Waldorf Curriculum (AWSNA)

Waldorf World List

First Steps Towards Founding a Waldorf Initiative - Questions and Answers
by Waldorf Worldwide

Wellsprings of the Spirit
by Gary Lamb

Many writings by Rudolf Steiner are available online for free; check the Online Waldorf Library and the Rudolf Steiner Archive. Here are just a few:

Here is my blog post with the FREE links to all 25 of the volumes in the Foundations of Waldorf Education series!

General Curriculum Resources - First Grade

Entire Waldorf Clearing House Newsletter Archive

Books available to download as free PDFs from the Online Waldorf Library:


I work hard putting together collections of great images from Waldorf schools and homeschools around the world. I do recommend Pinterest (setting up an account is free) as an invaluable tool for finding and organizing thousands of inspirational ideas!


Books available to download as free PDFs from the Online Waldorf Library:

Books for the First Grade from The Baldwin Project:

Subject Areas

Discover Waldorf Education: Writing and Reading, part 1 video by Eugene Schwartz

Discover Waldorf Education: Writing and Reading, part 2 video by Eugene Schwartz

Teaching Our Children to Read, Write, and Spell: A Developmental Approach Looking at the Relationship of Children's Foundational Neurological Pathways to their Higher Capacities for Learning - this is a VERY important article

Quality of Numbers block - blog post - extensive notes

excerpts from Putting the Heart Back into Teaching by Maher and Bleach:
"Understanding Children's Temperaments" and "Introducing the Four Processes"

Books available to download as free PDFs from the Online Waldorf Library:

Waldorf Science Newsletter - issues available in PDF format for FREE

These are NOT free but Barbara Dewey, longtime Waldorf homeschool consultant at Waldorf Without Walls now sells all of her curriculum books as PDFs. For First Grade, I suggest

Her book on Reading gives suggested fairy tales from the Grimm's (available online) for each letter and a suggested sequence for teaching the letters. I also recommend my Capital Letters page.

Also NOT free is the Waldorf teacher training available online; however, it is fantastic that this is now available. Here are a few great options for online training and information:

Samples from the First Grade Curriculum by Live Education!

Waldorf Teacher Resources grade 1 - AMAZING collection of free lesson plans (called "gems")

Morning Verse for Grades 1 - 4

The Sun with loving light
Makes bright for me each day,
The soul with spirit power
Gives strength unto my limbs,
In sunlight shining clear
I revere, Oh God,
The strength of humankind,
Which Thou so graciously
Has planted in my soul,
That I with all my might,
May love to work and learn.
From Thee stream light and strength
To Thee rise love and thanks.

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner and the Science of Spiritual Realities
(we watched this as part of my Waldorf teacher training)

online Waldorf teacher training certification programs

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