Waldorf is just one of the many educational styles that we have tried during our decades of homeschooling. We found several aspects of Waldorf education to really resonate with us, which we like to share with our readers.
Skip counting is taught in first grade in Waldorf schools. Skip counting is the practice of counting by any number other than 1’s. According to The Tasks and Content of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum, students in first grade should learn “up to the 7 times table by heart and through rhythmical practice”. Two weeks ago, I […]
Waldorf skip counting boards are a great way to help children visualize number patterns and introduce geometry concepts. When making our board, it was a little more complicated to space the pegs out on the board than I had been lead to believe, so I ended up using a protractor and compass. You can just […]
Form drawing is unique to the Waldorf education method. Rudolf Steiner first mentioned it in a lecture in 1919 and it has evolved quite a bit since then. Though he and many Waldorf practitioners find that form drawing fits in with their spiritual views and helps them develop as spiritual beings, one does not need […]
Main lesson blocks are unique to Waldorf education. All academic subjects, except for foreign language, are taught during Waldorf main lesson blocks. The blocks usually last 3-6 weeks, with each day’s lesson lasting up to 2 hours. Rather than rely on text books during main lesson blocks, the Waldorf student actually creates a “text book” […]
Science in Waldorf first and second grades consists primarily of nature study. Nature stories are a big component of Waldorf inspired nature study. Ideally the stories would be about animals in your area so that your child can connect the stories to what he sees on nature walks and in your yard or other surroundings. […]