The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 2

Notes and Lesson Plans

World Folktales
updated December 7, 2021

Recorded here is my own personal collection of articles, resources, favorite links, teaching ideas, and lesson plans. It encompasses many years, from the very beginning of my experience studying and learning about Waldorf to the present time. People from all around the world visit my site and recommend it to others. Welcome!

This site records my journey. I hope my honesty is encouraging and helps break down some barriers that may prevent people from trying Waldorf methods. Because this is an ongoing site documenting my curriculum planning and ideas, some materials are more Waldorf-y than others. Please feel free to take what you like and leave the rest.

This page has helpful links and LOADS of free resources to help you plan your second grade year. Enjoy!

World Folktales
for Class 2

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Traditionally, Waldorf schools have taught Fairy Tales in first grade and Fables in second grade. All of that seems well and good except that, after many years, I suddenly realized that World Folktales didn't have a page on my website! I found a book from the library which I liked -- The Magic Pillow by Demi -- but when I went to write it down there was no "topic" that it went with.

So here are some notes on World Folktales which I think are wonderful, and please feel free to use them however and whenever you wish. You could, of course, simply do a World Folktales main lesson block in second grade. Jane Yolen has put together a lovely collection of 160 stories, called Favorite Folktales from Around the World.

I also really like Play Me A Story: Nine Tales About Musical Instruments collected by Naomi Adler.

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