The Waldorf Curriculum

Waldorf-Inspired Learning:

  • emphasizes the whole child,The Waldorf Curriculum
  • matches the specific stages of child development,
  • integrates the arts throughout the curriculum, and
  • includes every one of the seven multiple intelligences.

 

 Subject  Content
 Language Arts storytelling, recitation, speech exercises, form drawing, rhythmic walking,  literature, composition, reading, writing.
 Mathematics quality of numbers, rhythmic counting, four operations, multiplication tables,  number patterns, money, time, measurement, fractions, decimals,  percentages, geometry.
 Science animal and nature studies, gardening, cooking; earth sciences and eco-literacy  progress naturally into biology, botany, chemistry and physics in later grades.
 Social Studies community awareness, geography, history that is chronological and inclusive  of the world’s great civilizations, multicultural studies, moral education.
 Foreign Languages languages presented orally in early years through games, poems and songs; reading, writing and grammar that build on oral work introduced in grade four.
 Music pentatonic flute or recorder, singing, violin, orchestra,  choir.
 Art drawing, water color painting, clay modeling, sculpture.
 Drama plays, both puppet and staged.
 Handwork  knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, sewing, crafts.
 Physical Education folk dancing, gymnastics, eurythmy, cooperative and traditional games.

Do you want help creating a Waldorf curriculum for your homeschool? Check out my guidebook, Planning for Waldorf-Inspired Learning: Keeping It Simple. Or consider a Mentor Session with me.

 

11 thoughts on “The Waldorf Curriculum

  1. Blessings.
    I recently moved to a farm at Cayey, Puerto Rico. We have a 7 year old daughter. We decided to put her at the community public school. This system doesn’t offer much for her whole development. We are doing research for doing homeschooling. We are wondering if you could offer us a curriculum. Or if you could offer an orientation.
    Very grateful,
    Denisse and Jose

    1. Glad you’re considering homeschooling! And what an opportunity to spend time with your daughter on your farm. You can find lots of articles here on my site to give you an overview of the Waldorf curriculum. I offer a planning guide and coaching; I do not offer a full curriculum because my mission is to empower parents to create their own inspired learning that best suits their family. Look for a private email from me; and blessings on your journey of honoring the whole child,
      Jean

      1. My daughter is currently living in NZ. Her two sons(Age 6 & 8) are in a Steiner School in Lower or Upper Hutt. The six year old is speech-delayed and the 8 year old is totally ensconced in the Steiner approach to learning. My wife and I are retired public school teacher who will be homeschooling our grand boys when they return to Canada in Feb/2015. I’ve been reading up on the Steiner/Waldorf philosophy and I realized that my approach to teaching was similar in many ways. I used Drama in my classes as well as after school for 33 years. I would appreciate any help or advice I could get. To be honest, I’m 65 now and quite excited about teaching again using the Waldorf philosophy.

        1. What an honor to get to homeschool your grandsons! And a new adventure for you. I have quite a few articles on my site here that would be helpful if you haven’t read them already: Unique Aspects of Waldorf, Just Getting Started and The Seven Lively Arts. In addition, the Resources for Waldorf Homeschooling is a comprehensive list of curriculum and books that is my most popular page! In June, my new eCourse, Inspired Learning!, will be open for registration; in it I’ll be comparing methods and going in depth about block planning and bringing the arts into every lesson. Hope that helps. If after you do some exploring you would like more help, you can check out my Coaching page. I work one-on-one with families via the phone or skype. All the best on your new journey!

    2. Hello Denisse! I am in Guaynabo PR and just started homeschooling on Aug 2013. We are using Waldorf inspired resources and its been truly amazing. If you need anything email me! yeye960@yahoo.com. Blessings.

      1. Hi Yessenia, Thanks for being here. This Waldorf-inspired journey is an amazing one. I have come to see it as my own path as much as one I have chosen for my children. Hope you find inspiration and helpful ideas here on this site! And glad you can connect with someone else in PR!
        Blessings on your journey,
        Jean

  2. Hi I have been researching Waldorf for my 3 and 1 yo. It is my goal to home school my children on our farm in upstate ny. My main question is are there any particular resources or books that you love for crafts and or curriculum. I understand the philosophy but must admit i feel a bit stuck as to what to do on a day to day basis.

  3. How lovely that you are on a farm! Your children are very lucky. And it’s the perfect way to begin at their ages – with chores and playtime. That’s what makes up a Waldorf kindergarten experience. Create a rhythm of different chores on each day of the week as a starting point. Have you had a look at my resources page? I recommend specifically looking at Lavender’s Blue and Christopherus for curriculum. In addition, Wee Folk Art has a free seasonal curriculum for kindergarten that can provide a nice framework for weekly stories; not strictly Waldorf, but a fine starting point. For crafts, I’d start with A Child’ Seasonal Treasury. And for the overview, try You Are Your Child’s First Teacher. Just remember, you have plenty of time to figure this all out, so enjoy your days with your children!

    1. Hi Susana,
      Welcome! Glad you found me here. I have a few suggestions for you. The first is to look at resources from Barbara Dewey of Waldorf Without Walls. She has a Waldorf Math Grades 1-3 and another one for Waldorf Math Grades 4-8 These will give you lots of ideas for how to play with math and teach it in a hands-on and engaging way. If you are interested, I’d be glad to work with you one-on-one in a Mentor Session to help you in your specific situation and show you how to weave math activities into your day. The first place I always suggest people to start is by making bean bags! Here’s a post about how to make bean bags along with ideas for Movement Games.

      Wishing you joy and connection – you can do this!
      Jean

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