Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Teaching Waldorf Second and Seventh Grade

I'm not doing this but I have a homeschool client who is. I enjoyed putting the booklist together for her and thought I would share it, in case anyone else is in this situation. They are just transitioning into Waldorf so it's a little bit nontraditional (like the 6th grade geometry block being in there) and they will be ending with Farming & Gardening to transition into grade 3 over the summer and Chemistry & Nutrition to transition into grade 8.

The Tasks & Content of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum ed by Martyn Rawson and Kevin Avison

AWSNA curriculum chart - available at WaldorfPublications.org

Learning about the World through Modeling by Arthur Auer

Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools: Classes 1 to 8 by Thomas Wildgruber

Creative Pathways: Activities that Strengthen the Child's Cognitive Forces by Elizabeth Auer

A First Book of Knitting for Children by Bonnie Gosse and Jill Allerton

Form Drawing grades 1 through 4 (WaldorfBooks.com)

The Write Approach: Form Drawing for Better Handwriting, books one and two (WaldorfBooks.com)

collections of Thornton Burgess (public library)

Physics is Fun: A Sourcebook for Teachers by Roberto Trostli

School as a Journey: The Eight-Year Odyssey of a Waldorf Teacher and His Class by Torin Finser

Making Math Meaningful by Jamie York (three resources: elementary book, middle school book, book of games and puzzles)

7th grade Algebra & Geometry main lesson block plan by Jamie York (PDF)

Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine

Kids Crochet, Kids Weaving, Kids' Embroidery (public library)

collections of Aesop's Fables (public library)

Teaching with the Fables, a Holistic Approach by Sieglinde de Francesca

A Child's History of the World by V.M. Hillyer (I prefer the 1951 edition)

Saints among the Animals by Cynthia Zarin

String, Straight-Edge & Shadow: The Story of Geometry by Julia Diggins

Geometry and the Imagination: The Imaginative Treatment of Geometry in Waldorf Education by A. Renwick Sheen

Compass Drawings: Construction Designs Using a Compass and a Ruler by Linda Harst

The Age of Discovery by Charles Kovacs

Geology and Astronomy by Charles Kovacs

Photographic Card Deck of The Elements: With Big Beautiful Photographs of All 118 Elements in the Periodic Table by Theodore Gray

collections of Native American Legends (public library)

Keepers of the Night: Native American Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children by Michael Caduto and Joseph Bruchac

I Once Was a Monkey: Stories Buddha Told by Jeanne Lee

Teaching Practical Activities: Farming, Gardening, Housebuilding for ages 9 & 10 by Roy Wilkinson (WaldorfBooks.com)

Food, Nutrition, and Health by Eric Fairman (WaldorfBooks.com)

Don't forget that there are plenty of Waldorf books available as PDFs.

This is due to the incredible generosity of the Online Waldorf Library.

All ages from birth through high school are included in their selections.

And, as someone who bought a LOT of these books, I can tell you it is many thousands of dollars worth of free content.

Here are some that I think would be particularly helpful for this school year:

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