The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 2

Notes and Lesson Plans

The Online Curriculum Project - Second Grade - age 8
updated May 15, 2021

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 - Second 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!


The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald - at Project Gutenberg

The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald - at Project Gutenberg

The Adventures of Pinocchio by C. Collodi - at Project Gutenberg

Welsh Fairy Tales (PDF) by William Elliot Griffis

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

Books for the Second Grade from The Baldwin Project:

Subject Areas

The Aesop for Children with original pictures by Milo Winter - at Library of Congress

The Giant at the Ford and Other Legends of the Saints by Ursula Synge
archived online for free by the National Federation for the Blind

Teaching with the Fables: A Holistic Approach by Sieglinde de Francesca is now available as an eBook!!!!

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

Books for the Second Grade from The Baldwin Project:

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 Second Grade, I suggest

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 Second Grade Curriculum by Live Education!

Waldorf Teacher Resources grade 2 - 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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