History ~ Myth ~ Culture

Teaching History

Suggested Themes for the Curriculum in Waldorf Schools

Christoph Lindenberg

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This book has been written for practicing teachers as well as for parents with an interest in history and education. It encompasses an approach to history instruction that is appropriate to the various age levels from grades 5 through 12, and a view of history based on Rudolf Steiner’s symptomalogical approach. I think that anyone who reads it will find themselves inspired and energized in there preparation of history lessons, whether for students in a classroom or at home.

From Norway: Teaching History through the Grades

Waldorf Journal Project #8

Compiled and edited by David Mitchell

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There is a verse on the cover of this journal which speaks so clearly about the heart of both history within the Waldorf approach to education and about the articles in the book itself. I'd like to share it with you, in lieu of my usual review - you'll get to the point faster:

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime, Therefore, we are saved by hope.

Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; Therefore, we are saved by faith.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone. Therefore, we are saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own; Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.

- Reinhold Niebuhr

Teaching History through the Grades covers the gamut from Grade 1 through 9, and contains articles written from the heart by European teachers.

In it you will find:

  • A Phenomenological Approach to the Subject of History by Oddvar Granly;
  • Fairy Tales and Legends by Jens Bjørneboe;
  • Through the Golden Forest by Leif Warenskjold;
  • What about the Old Testament? by Dan Lindholm;
  • Moses by Karl Brodersen;
  • Francis of Assisi by Dan Lindholm;
  • Sparta and Athens by Jørgen Smit;
  • The Romans by Christian Faye Smit;
  • Jeanne d’Arc, an Enigmatic Figure in the Middles Ages by Jørgen Borgen;
  • I and the Others, Strengthening a Seventh Grader’s Relationship to the World through History and Geography by David Brierley;
  • Modern History in Light of the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution by Sven Bohn;
  • The Ninth Grade and the French Revolution by Hans-Jørgen Hoinaes;
  • The Minute Man, an Aphorism of the True American Spirit by Wolfgang Schuster, M.D.

Teaching with the Fables

A holistic approach

Sieglinde de Francesca

teaching with the fable as: extended tale, poem, illustration, play puppet show & natural science lesson

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Teaching with the Fables is so much bigger on the inside than it looks to be on the outside. It is the finest book I have ever seen on the topic of Waldorf teaching, and hands-down the best, fullest, and most beautiful exposition of the fables and what they can become to a child of about 8 years old (2nd grade).

There is no question about Main Lesson teaching in general (not just for 2nd grade), it's rhythms and wherefores, its content and delivery that is not answered in this priceless gem. That the book itself is beautiful and also includes instruction for painting, sculpting and acting these timeless fables makes it one of the most valuable gifts ever to be put forth in the interest of our children. I am both moved and heartened that such a book now exists -- for surely, it has been hoped for by many for a very long time.

Sieglinde includes 3 extended fables with poems, illustrations and suggestions for additional lesson work. Here you can learn how to:

  • extend a fable into a full, engaging story
  • illustrate a fable with crayons and water colors
  • write a poem about the fable or its characters
  • create a play or puppet show about the fable
  • sculpt the fable characters with wax or clay
  • create a natural science lesson around a fable

Teaching with the Fables brings to the door of every teacher and homeschooler everything you need to share the beauty and joy of the fables with the 2nd graders in your care. Beyond that, it offers a lifetime of teaching wisdom and technique. It is truly a treasure.

Norse Mythology and the Modern Human Being

Ernst Uehli

Translated by Rudolf Copple

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This is a valuable study of a mythology that has as much to do with the future of human evolution as it does with these old stories of the Norse gods. Uehli moves systematically through the major figures in this ancient saga, reflecting on the deeper meaning and showing why they are so valuable for children, especially those in the fourth grade. It will provide insight for teachers, parents, and other adults who hope to answer some of the life questions of today.

The Norse Stories and their Significance

Roy Wilkinson

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At first sight, the Norse stories appear to be a weird and wonderful collection of tales, illogical in sequence and with no coherent theme. . . . However that may be, there is in the Norse stories a great depth of knowledge and, fragmentary as they are, they are probably relics of old Mystery wisdom. They present a picture of evolution, of the creation and development of the human being and his connection with higher beings; they show the human being's struggle with adverse powers, the fading of the old world conception and the birth of the ego which leads to new powers of perception.

- Roy Wilkinson

Contains 28 stories, beautifully retold, with commentary by the author.

 

Ancient Mythologies

India - Persia - Babylon - Egypt

Charles Kovacs

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Yet another gift to teachers, parents and students from Charles Kovacs!

Stories of gods and demons, noble heroes and epic adventures from the world's great myths and legends, retold for children. Through colorful characters such as Buddha, Krishna, Zarathustra, Gilgamesh, Isis and Osiris, mankind's development from hunters of wild animals to builders of magnificent cities and the great pyramids springs to life. Beyond the historical narrative the stories reveal an ancient wisdom: the timeless source and substance out of which all myths and legends are woven.

Charles Kovacs told these stories to his Grade 5 students when he taught at the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School. Although he intended them as source material for teachers and parents of Waldorf School Children, the stories have a universal appeal for children and adults, beginning at about age 9.

Ancient Greece

Charles Kovacs

A Retelling of Greek Mythology and History According to the Waldorf Approach for Grades 5 & 6

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Told by a master class teacher, the myths and history in Ancient Greece open the doors to an understanding of the heart of Ancient Greek culture and life. These are stories that are sure to stay with students throughout their lives, the sort of tales that will come back to the adult time and time again. Charles Kovacs did a masterful job in the retelling of each story, and covered well the various aspects of the Fifth Grade curriculum on Ancient Greece.

Contains 54 stories in the areas of Greek Mythology, The Argonauts, Perseus, The Twelve Labours of Heracles, Theseus, Greek History, Alexander the Great.

Ancient Rome

Charles Kovacs

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Another priceless treasure by Charles Kovacs!

This book—written especially for Waldorf teachers—includes the most exciting stories of Roman history: the founding of Rome; early battles with Carthage and Hannibal; Julius Caesar and the conquests of Gaul and Britain; Antony and Cleopatra; and the decline and fall under the Huns and the beginning of the "Dark Ages."

Ancient Rome is recommended for Steiner-Waldorf curriculum class six (eleven to twelve year-olds).

Teaching History - Volume 1

Ancient Civilizations - Greece - Rome

Roy Wilkinson

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The History curriculum for 5th and 6th grades in a Waldorf school follows the thread of development of the post-Atlantean cultures through Ancient India, Persia, Egypt and Chaldea, Greece and Rome. This provides a picture of the changing human consciousness from ancient clairvoyance to the loss of spiritual vision and, with it, the awakening of independent awareness and materialism. Wilkinson guides the teacher to a deeper understanding of the spiritual significance of mythologies and great epics, and shows how the ancient world points the way to the future.

Contents include:

  • Ancient India - The Ramayana, Krishna, Buddha
  • Ancient Persia - Zarathustra
  • Egypt and Babylon - Isis and Osiris, Gilgamesh
  • Greece - The Illiad, Theseus, Demeter and Persephone, The Odyssey, The Argonauts, Hercules, Prometheus, City-states, Biographies
  • Rome - Political development, Development of Christianity, Conquests and collapse, Biographies

Teaching History - Volume 2

The Middle Ages - From the Renaissance to the Second World War

Roy Wilkinson

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In the History curriculum for 7th and 8th Grades in a Waldorf school, the focus is on the developing individual human biography and consciousness, from the Renaissance and Age of Discovery to the great upheavals and new inventions in modern times. At any given time there are both backward-looking and forward-looking elements. This books follows a timeline through the history of Europe and North America. References suggest ways to weave in similar material from other cultures. These can also be included in Geography and Literature studies if the History period allotment is too confining.

Contents include:

  • Middle Ages - Teutons, Arab expansion, Charlemagne, Feudalism, Crusades, Church and State, Towns, Universities, Natural Science, Nationalism, Religion, England, Knights and Chivalry, Monasteries (6th Grade)
  • Renaissance - Art, Literature, Learning (Erasmus), Politics, Social Life, Discoveries, Commerce, Science, Biographies (7th Grade)
  • Age of Rationalism - Thirty Years' War, Louis XIV, Civil War in England, Russia, and America, Science and Culture, Prussia (Frederick the Great), Industrial Revolution, Colonization, American War of Independence, French Revolution (8th Grade)
  • 19th & 20th Centuries - Napoleonic Wars, American Civil War, Trade with the Far East, Empire building, Scientific investigation and its impact, Russian Revolution, Biographies, Capitalism and Communism (8th grade)

The Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals

Charles Kovacs

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The rhythms of the Earth can be seen, for example, in the daily cycle of day and night and in the yearly seasonal changes. Rudolf Steiner spoke of how Christian festivals such as Easter, Pentecost (or Whitsun), and Christmas fit not into only these patterns, but also into the macrocosmic rhythms of the cosmos and into the microcosmic human rhythms.

In this concise, readable volume, Charles Kovacs explores the structure of our calendar year and considers in detail the background to the various Christian festivals, including less popular St. John's Tide and Michaelmas.

The Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals offers inspiring insights into why we worship and celebrate at particular times, as well as discussions of the deep spiritual significance of the Christian year.

Curriculum Focus on Islam

Margaret Buie Keppie

AWSNA Waldorf High School Research Project

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In addition to presenting the results of a survey submitted to Waldorf high school educators, this report also focusses on emergent themes, current attitudes and perceived needs. Especially discussed are the willingness of Waldorf educators and students to meet diverse religious traditions with both respect and interest. Can the concept of spiritual literacy be applied to North American Waldorf high schools? What sorts of materials and training would best help expand the coverage of Islam with Waldorf high schools? What is the role, if any, of ethnocentrism in existing curricular choices concerning Islam?

Gazing into the Eyes of the Future

The Enactment of Saint Nicholas in the Waldorf School

David Tresemer

with contributions from Doal Samson and David Mitchell

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David Tresemer has given us a beautiful and thoughtful consideration of the Festival of St. Nicholas as it is enacted in Waldorf schools. I've always loved this festival and have seen how much it means to the children (of all ages) when it is enacted for them with sincerity and understanding. It is as thought the original gift of St. Nicholas were passed along to all of them, imbuing the walnuts and fruit with the gold that is love. In this little book, Tresemer captures it all.

The Table of Contents:

  • Gazing into the Eyes of the Future
  • The Light in the Eyes
  • The History of Saint Nicholas
  • Responses of the Various Grades
  • St. Nicholas in High School and the Gift of Fruit and Nuts
  • Rupert, the Dark Side, and the Demonstration of Karma
  • A Final Comment from Nicholas
  • The Teacher's Perspective by Donald Samson
  • Nicholas and Rupert - a Story Told by David Mitchell