New vs. Old Preschool Curriculum
updated January 4, 2020
New Recommended Preschool Booklist
The most Waldorf-y of curriculums is written by Live Education!
However, I prefer to take that money and put it into more specific books, spending the same amount of cash
but receiving much much more detailed information. Actually the same amount of money spent at
Bob & Nancy's Bookshop (a popular Waldorf bookstore) and
(a great place to find used books) gets you hundreds and hundreds of pages worth of curriculum ideas! I have estimated a $300.00 cost to set up a preschool program,
including a dozen books and the initial art & craft supplies you'd need.
How much more you spend depends, of course, on what you choose for your activities each day.
Having done Waldorf with my small children for a while, here is the list
of essential preschool books I recommend to families who ask what they should buy just
By purchasing the 12 books listed, you will have an excellent group of Waldorf resource books and you can blend them together to give you everything you need. I can help with the transition if you aren't sure how to put them together but you will receive...
a description of a preschool daily schedule
ideas on how to set up the classroom
verses to use throughout the day
many seasonal projects
finger plays and games
directions for making all the toys you'll need
specific painting lessons
songs to sing
ideas for celebrating the festivals of the year
beginning eurythmy lessons
child development information
and much more!
Original Preschool Curriculum
Here's the older stuff. This was my first try at Waldorf.
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.
When my oldest daughter turned 2 1/2 I began to look around for homeschooling options. I chose Waldorf
education because it was clearly the best of the best. However, even though I was trained in Reggio Emilia and interested in Montessori and had a B.A. in
Philosophy and held a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education, I knew
nothing about Waldorf. I purchased the Oak Meadow Preschool package and dove in. I began to read everything
I could get my hands on and I worked on gradually transitioning our home and my parenting and teaching style over to Waldorf.
These units and newsletters were what I wrote as a part of my transition. They are not necessarily what
I would recommend now because I know more now. But they are authentic to my journey and where I was at the time. I have
kept them online in case they help others who are going through the same transition.
Please always feel free to substitute my stories and ideas with what you have. They were just what I had in front
of me at the time.
And please be aware
that these lesson notes are descriptive and not prescriptive; at all times Waldorf education emphasizes responding to the unique
individual child who is in front of you.
There is not and never will be a prescriptive Waldorf curriculum which you can
purchase in binder form and turn to page 1 and begin. Why? Because of anthroposophy, the philosophy about human development which undergirds the Steiner/Waldorf method.
The Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy by Rudolf Steiner
- essential reading
Music & Movement
To go with this I like this plan book.
Unit #8 - Texture
This unit is designed to be taught during the Spring.
Art: The art focus for this unit is an exploration of painting styles.
Children and Painting
- by Cathy Weisman Topal
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
- ed. by Cooper Edens
Art Cards page
Handwork:The handwork focus is making toys for indoor and outdoor play.
The Children's Year: Crafts and clothes for children and parents to make
- by Stephanie Cooper, Christine Fynes-Clinton, Marye Rowling
Nature: The nature focus is the textures of the outside world.
Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You
- by Claire Walker Leslie
~ ~ ~ see the complete booklist ~ ~ ~
In addition to writing the main unit plan, I wrote a series of six newsletter topics. They show how the original ideas in the unit
were actually implemented -- some were used, some were taken out, some new ideas were added in. I hope they show
how flexible the curriculum is intended to be and that you find the additional suggestions helpful.