Science Curriculum Overviews

Teaching Science through the Grades

Waldorf Journal Project #9

Compiled and edited by David Mitchell



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If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.

- Rachel Carson

Personally, I love it that this collection of essays surrounding various themes of science as taught in the Waldorf curriculum begins with Rachel Carson's very true observation. It is a gift that Waldorf education seeks to keep our human sense of wonder alive as the world is introduced in all its factual mystery. And it is a joy to have these essays available for contemplation and inspiration.


  • A Study of the Element "Water" - Christian Smit
  • Water as the Medium for Life - Jørgen Smit
  • Goethe's Theory of Color - Tørger Holtsmark
  • Zoology and Mythology - Jens Bjorneboe
  • Chemistry in Grades Seven to Nine - Jan Haakonson
  • Astronomy: The Oft-Forgotten School Subject - Sven Bohn
  • The Starry Heavens and Our Self - Jørgen Smit
  • Teaching Biology in a Human Context - Graham Kennish
  • Aesthetic Knowledge as a Source for the Main Lesson - Peter Guttenhöfer
  • Adolescents - Their Relationship to the Night and the Senses in Connection with Their Own Development - Peter Glasby
  • Thoughts on Information and Communication Technology

Teach Me to Think: Developing Thinking and Judgment in High School Science

Developing Thinking and Judgment in High School Science

Craig Holdrege

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Holdrege begins with the thesis that science teaching within the Waldorf high school curriculum can stimulate critical scientific inquiry while also cultivating the students' sense for responsibility. Out of his teaching experience and research, he shows with concrete examples how science teachers can help students develop facility in

  • questioning and seeing the world as a riddle
  • logical thinking anchored in observation
  • complex thinking
  • holistic thinking

He offers observations on when and how to develop different modalities of thought.