The Curriculum of the Steiner School

The Curriculum of the Steiner School
updated March 7, 2019

Pine Hill Waldorf School - nice overview of the highlights of each year

See also
Phases and Transitions in Waldorf Education (PDF)
by Harlan Gilbert

Grades Curriculum links on The Waldorf Method page
High School Curriculum links on The Waldorf Method page

*NEW* browse through my collection of Pinterest Boards with samples of chalkboard drawings and main lesson book pages for many blocks

First Grade

  • Form Drawing
  • Writing: introduction to the alphabet
    block capital letters
  • Mathematics:
    the quality of numbers,
    counting to 100,
    Roman and Arabic numerals,
    the four processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Nature Study
  • Singing and introduction to the Recorder
  • Handwork: Knitting
  • Eurythmy
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting, Beeswax Modelling, Crayon Drawing

Second Grade

  • English:
    fables from around the world,
    study of the saints,
    introduction to reading,
  • Mathematics:
    continuing work with the four processes,
    Column Algorithms
  • Form Drawing
    running forms, leading to cursive handwriting
  • Nature Study:
    through Aesop's fables,
    work of Thornton W. Burgess,
    Native American stories
  • Singing and Recorder
  • Handwork: Knitting, Crochet
  • Eurythmy
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting and Modelling

Third Grade

  • English: intensive study of grammar
  • Writing: introduction to cursive handwriting
  • Mathematics of Practical Life:
    Time, Temperature, Weight & Volume,
    linear measurement (integrated into Housebuilding),
    Trade Goods & The Development of Currency
  • Form Drawing
  • Social and Environmental Studies:
    Farming & Gardening,
    Fibers & Clothing
  • Cultural Studies: stories of the Old Testament, Jewish festivals
  • Drama
  • Singing: singing in rounds
  • Recorder
  • Handwork: Spinning, Weaving
  • Eurythmy
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting
  • Sports

Fourth Grade

  • English:
    work in grammar continues
    introduction to composition writing through personal narratives
    tall tales
  • Zoology: comparative study of human being and other animals
  • Geography and Local History - map skills, landforms & water features
  • Cultural Studies: Norse mythology
  • Mathematics: Introduction to Fractions
  • Form Drawing: Celtic knots
  • Singing: singing two-part songs
  • Orchestra: choosing a string instrument
  • Handwork: Embroidery, Cross Stitch, Macrame
  • Eurythmy
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting
  • Sports

Fifth Grade

  • Ancient History -
  • American Geography - Biomes
  • Botany
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics: Fractions and Decimals
  • Singing and Orchestra
  • Handwork:
  • Eurythmy
  • English: reading, writing, and grammar
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting
  • Sports

Sixth Grade

  • History - the transition from ancient to modern:
    the decline of Greece,
    the rise and fall of Rome, and
    the effects of these cultures on European civilization up through the Middle Ages
  • World Geography
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Physics:
  • Geometry
  • Business Mathematics: Formulas, Percents, Graphing
  • Singing and Orchestra
  • Handwork: Woodworking
  • Eurythmy
  • English: reading, writing, and grammar
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting
  • Sports

Seventh Grade

  • History - Renaissance and Reformation, the Age of Exploration
  • World Geography
  • Physics:
    Inorganic Chemistry
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics: Ratios, Algebra
    Negative Numbers
    Square and Cube Roots
  • Singing and Orchestra
  • Handwork:
    Clay Modeling
  • Eurythmy: ballads, drama, tragedy
  • English including creative writing
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting
  • Sports

Eighth Grade

  • History - the Industrial Revolution to the present day
  • Geography as related to World Economics
  • Physics:
    Electricity and Magnetism
  • Ecology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physiology
  • Geometry: measurement of surfaces and volume
  • Mathematics: practical applications of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry
  • Singing and Orchestra:
    Elizabethan Music
    American Music
    Symphonic Form
  • Handwork:
    Machine Sewing
    Artistic Hand-Sewing Projects
    Soapstone Carvings
  • Eurythmy: poems with contrasting moods
  • English: the short story, persuasive writing, famous speeches, letters, Shakespearean drama
  • Foreign Language
  • Painting: highlights and shadows in portraits and landscapes
  • Sports

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