The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 8

Notes and Lesson Plans

Eighth Grade
updated March 7, 2019

Morning Verse for Upper Grades
by Rudolf Steiner

FREE Examples of Chalkboard Drawings and Main Lesson Book Pages
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What's Taught?
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The Waldorf School Curriculum - Grade 8
Block Rotations and Course Descriptions
by Eugene Schwartz

Block Rotations Grades 1 - 8 (PDF)
written by Jamie York

Grade 8 Content from Waldorf Teacher Resources
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  • Extending Indigenous Cultures Throughout The American Waldorf Curriculum
  • Samples from the Eighth Grade Curriculum by Live Education!

    Natalie's 8th grade year

    Natalie came to Waldorf this year with a background of progressive school (7th grade), Sudbury / democratic school (6th grade), traditional public school (5th and 4th grades), and Montessori school (K, K, 1st, and 2nd grades).

    She skipped 3rd grade because the public school wanted to put her back with her peers.
    I, on the other hand, was happy with the second year of Kindergarten and wanted her to be 7 when she started first grade.

    When we decided to homeschool for that final year of middle school, I picked

      Language blocks: Beowulf; Literary Criticism / Short Story; Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, sonnets)

      Mathematics blocks: grade 6 String, Straight-Edge & Shadow; grade 6 Business Math (Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Graphing); Geometry

      Cultural blocks: grade 7 Renaissance, Reformation & Age of Exploration; World Geography; U.S. History / Government

      Science blocks: Human Physiology (two blocks); Physics

    At the end of 8th grade she had to take the ACT EXPLORE test for her high school, so that she could be properly placed into classes. All of the public, private, and homeschooled 8th graders in our district took this test. If this is your situation, here are some links to sample EXPLORE tests:

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    Main Lesson Blocks - Specific Resources




    Food, Nutrion & Health - Organic Chemistry





    World Geography / Foreign Language

      online resources:

    • One of my daughters is using Destinos to help her learn Spanish.
    • Another one of daughters is using Duolingo to help her learn German.

    General Resouces

    Literature & Composition


    Drawing, Painting, Modeling

    Class Plays

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