The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 3

Notes and Lesson Plans

The Online Curriculum Project - Third Grade - age 9
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 - Third Grade

Entire Waldorf Clearing House Newsletter Archive

Waldorf Science Newsletter - issues available in PDF format for FREE

Curriculum Samples from Live Education!

Waldorf Teacher Resources grade 3 - AMAZING collection of free lesson plans (called "gems")

Teaching a Main Lesson
blog post - The Parenting Passageway

Free Lesson Block Plans and Ideas Grades 1 - 3
blog post - The Parenting Passageway

Following The Parenting Passageway blog is a great way to get TONS of free lesson ideas as well as information on child development, parenting, and the Waldorf method. Highly recommended!

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

Pleasure Reading for the Third Grade from The Baldwin Project:


I work hard putting together collections of great images of chalkboard drawings, watercolor painting, main lesson book pages, etc. from Waldorf schools and homeschools around the world.

I do absolutely recommend Pinterest (setting up an account is free) as an invaluable tool for finding and organizing thousands of inspirational ideas! Just create a board for each Main Lesson block.

Main Lesson Blocks - Mathematics
Maths of Practical Life: Time, Temp, Weight & Volume; Linear Measurement; Currency

Live Education! sample lessons

    from Time, Weight, Measure and Money - The Math of Practical Life

Waldorf Teacher Resources:

Main Lesson Blocks - Social & Environmental
Farming & Gardening; Housebuilding; Fibers & Clothing

Live Education! sample lessons

Waldorf Teacher Resources:

Main Lesson Blocks - Language Arts & Cultural
Old Testament Stories; Grammar

Live Education! sample lessons

The Online Waldorf Library:

The Baldwin Project:

Waldorf Teacher Resources:

Additional Resources

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 Third 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:

A Teacher's Thoughts for His Children

You who descend out of heaven's brightness
Now descend to earthly darkness
Thus through life's resisting forces,
Spirit radiance to unfold
Spirit warmness to enkindle
Spirit forces to call forth -
Be you warmed through by my love
Radiant Thinking
Tranquil Feeling
Healing Willing -
That in Spirit's heights will rooted
And in Earth's foundations working
You may servants of the world become
Spirit illumining
Love evoking
Being strengthening

Rudolf Steiner

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

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