The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 1

Notes and Lesson Plans

Quality of Numbers
updated August 19, 2023

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Quality of Numbers
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10 Number Verses

12 Number Riddles

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Other Helpful Links

Books to Buy

For mathematics I do like Jamie York's materials best. You can easily put together this block on your own but you WILL want his book for the mathematical progression of skills for the year.

Making Math Meaningful:
A Source Book for Teaching Math in Grades One Through Five

I first taught this block back in August/September 2016.
We did this hand in hand with the very beginning lesson of Form Drawing, straight line and curve.

Here are the four blog posts detailing all that we did to explore each number & story:

Blog posts from teaching this block in November 2019:

Blog posts from teaching this block in October 2021:

In addition to Jamie York's book, I used ideas from

A really nice cooperative board game for practicing Even and Odd numbers is Cauldron Quest.

I usually introduce even and odd numbers with gems. With even numbers, match them up in pairs. "Everybody has a buddy." With odd numbers, one gem is the odd man out.

If you do Quality of Numbers up to 12, you could introduce this game when you get to the number 12, since rolling three dice and having them add up to 12 is one of the ways you get to do a magic spell. (The other two ways are having all the dice be even numbers or all the dice be odd numbers.)

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