We used the fabulous, fantastic, and free East African Teachers Training Manual 6: Human and Animal Studies.
I really like the diagram on page 29 of the "Threefold Human Being." I used this to help me choose which animals we'd study for each of the two blocks.
- "Thus we may see, as illustrated in the diagram, that just as a baby is born head first and slowly develops the trunk and limbs, so in the evolution of creation the ‘head’ creatures in the sea came first, then the ‘trunk’ creatures like the fishes, insects and reptiles and finally the ‘limb’ animals in the mammals. The different creatures are specifically linked to the form of the human being.
On the opposite side of the diagram we may see a different division of the animal kingdom whereby the creatures are linked to the human being through the functions of the three areas of the body."
So in our first block, we did three groups of animals (head, trunk, limbs), and in our second block we did three different groups of animals (nerve/sense, rhythmic/breathing/blood - carnivores, metabolic - ungulates).
To give the briefest possible explanation of the anthroposophical view, the human being is the animals put together and so the animals are the human being taken apart. This view is what separates the Waldorf "Man and Animal" block from the traditional teaching of Zoology in the public school.
Here are the pages for Leah's main lesson book. I've tried to include notes as to the source of the story or illustration where I can. Click on any picture to enlarge it and scroll through the photos with ease.
12 Phyla: Porifera, Echinoderm, Cnidaria, Platyhelminth, Annelid, Mollusk, Arthropod, Fish, Amphibian, Reptile, Bird, Mammal
page about turtles and tortoises
this idea is from Roy Wilkinson's The Human Being and the Animal World and it's a good one for ending this block
The Harvest Mouse
my edition is leather bound with the original pictures but apparently the modern edition only contains the stories - well worth getting however
chapter 1 has a fantastic explanation of the stomachs
have I mentioned how creative and adorable she is?
I LOVED her work for these blocks!
My other blog posts from teaching Man and Animal:
First Block - Form
- Man and Animal Resources
- Dancing the Relationship Between Photosynthesis and Respiration
- List of Resources for the Animals
- Chalkboard Drawings aka "Am I Waldorf Enough?"
- Dissecting a Cow Heart - $11.08
- David Attenborough and Animal Poetry
- A Beautiful Way to Do Jellyfish Paintings
- I Am a Baby Porcupette
- Great Backyard Bird Count
Second Block - Function
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