The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 2

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Native American Legends
updated February 23, 2017

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Native American Legends
for Class 2

Native American Legends can be part of a Waldorf curriculum in several years, and you may sometimes find yourself wondering what block to put them in or at what age to do them.

I've seen a Native American Legends block in second grade as a part of world folktales (Live Ed does this), in third grade to go along with Housebuilding, and in fourth grade as part of Local History & Geography. Generally, I prefer to tie in Native American Legends with Housebuilding, but we did them as a stand-alone Cultural block this year.

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There are SO many resources for the Native American Legends block! So don't buy anything!

The best thing to do is to go to your local public library. Check in the Dewey Decimal System in 398.2 (398 is Folklore; 398.2 is Legends/Myths).

It would also be wonderful to find a local Native storyteller, if possible. Below I have listed the books I chose to use. Feel free to use the ones that speak to you. Email me to share your suggestions!

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I did this main lesson block in December 2016. Although it is tempting to do beautifully illustrated books which feature Native American characters like The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble or Cloud Eyes by Kathryn Lasky, I wanted actual Legends. Our final list of stories was:

Native American Legends

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