updated December 30, 2020
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.
Class Eight in Waldorf Education
Mission Statement - Consulting Services - Lending Library
A Peek into the Classroom
Morning Verse for Upper Grades
Waldorf Today Gallery of Main Lesson Book Pages - Middle School
Beautiful and inspiring
Gallery of Chalkboard Drawings in the Waldorf Classroom grades 1 - 8
Waldorf/Steiner Main Lessons and Main Lesson Blocks VERY helpful article
from the Sophia Institute Online Waldorf Teacher Training program
- The Main Lesson - Principles and Features
- The Main Lesson - Structure
- The Main Lesson - Rhythm
- The Main Lesson - Planning a Main Lesson Block
- Sample Template for Waldorf/Steiner Main Lesson Block
samples from the Eighth Grade Curriculum by Live Education!
General Waldorf Resources
The Education of the Child in the Light of
article by Rudolf Steiner
How To Create, Tell, and Recall a Story
Four Ways to Connect with Storytelling
blog post - Simplicity Parenting
Overview of Childhood Characteristics - includes the four temperaments
article by David Mitchell
Blackboard Sketching book
Frederick Whitney (1908)
available online for free - with step by step directions and illustrations
How to Bind a Main Lesson Book
Main Lesson Book
pages shared by Christopherus Homeschool Resources
browse through my collection of Pinterest Boards
with chalkboard drawings and main lesson book pages for many main lesson blocks
Movement for Childhood - wonderful site!
Waldorf Today Newsletter
very interesting & free weekly newsletter sent via email each Monday
Block Rotations Grades 1 - 8 (PDF)
by Jamie York
Summary of Math Skills for Grades 1 through 8 (PDF)
by Jamie York
A Grades 1 through 8 Math Curriculum Overview (PDF)
by Jamie York
Word Problems in Grades 1 through 8 (PDF)
by Jamie York
Jamie York has a BUNCH of free resources on his site including sample math MLB pages for grades 1-11,
and lesson plans and assessments for grades 1-5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.
Waldorf Science Newsletter - issues available in PDF format
page 13 of Vol.1 has a Science Curriculum in the Waldorf School Grades 1-8 overview / one page handout, and
page 14 has
the same for the Waldorf High School Grades 9-12
World Geography and Waldorf Education
blog post - Switzerite
When Should My Child Begin Music Lessons?
article by Sarah Baldwin
The Spiritual Gifts of Handwork
blog post - Knitting with Children
"Foundations of Waldorf Education" Series Notes
FREE links to all 25 volumes in this series of educational writings by Rudolf Steiner
DO NOT MISS The Online Waldorf Library's tremendous selection of Waldorf education books
converted into PDFs and available for FREE download! You can literally save $1000's of dollars!
- Grade 8 Content from Waldorf Teacher Resources
An unbelievable resource with FREE main lesson pages and lesson plans (called "gems")
- The AWSNA Curriculum Chart is an INVALUABLE resource
Highly recommended, inexpensive, concise format, yet detailed and thorough -- and it's only $8.00! If you plan on homeschooling with Waldorf, you need to get this.
- Read My Blog - to follow our homeschool journey day by day...
Visit the Links to the Left - for my notes about each main lesson block I've taught...
Check out Additional Lesson Planning Notes below:
- Color Coding - how we organize our daily record keeping / plan books
- Hands, Heart, Head - how we organize our daily school schedule
- Plan Book Pictures - pictures of my planner and my daughters' plan book pages
A picture is worth a thousand words!
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 (4th and 5th 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:
Resources & Recommendations Specific to Eighth Grade
Food, Nutrion & Health - Organic Chemistry
World Geography / Foreign Language
One of my daughters is using Destinos to help her learn Spanish.
- Another one of daughters is using Duolingo to help her learn German.
Literature & Composition
Drawing, Painting, Modeling
Is there a subject you're having a hard time finding resources for? Please
contact the Yahoo Group for suggestions from our members or consider
hiring a consultant.