Waldorf Curriculum Overviews

The Tasks and Content of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum

Edited by Martyn Rawson and Tobias Richter

Softbound

$40.00

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Based on many years of research and consultation, this presentation of the Steiner Waldorf curriculum provides a modern, compehensive overview of what is taught in Steiner Waldorf Schools and why. Over 50 experienced teachers from several countries have contributed to this work. As well as describing the content and methods of the Waldorf curriculum, this book also provides a concise and accessible overview of the educational basis for the Steiner Waldorf approach as well as detailing many practical aspects of school structure and organization.

The book includes:

  • A summary of the ideas underpinning this education
  • A survey of child development in relation to the curriculum
  • A description of key elements in the Waldorf approach
  • Evaluation and assessment in Steiner Waldorf education
  • Self-management in Steiner Waldorf schools
  • The principles and practice of Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education
  • A horizontal curriculum for grades 1-12, with educational criteria
  • A vertical curriculum for each individual subject

The Christopherus Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers

Donna Simmons

Spiral Bound, 239 pages

$55.00

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As would be expected from her previous publications, Donna Simmons has given us a masterful presentation of Waldorf Education as a living approach toward the development of capable, healthy human beings. More than this, she has placed it in the context of homeschooling, then gone further to paint beautifully detailed pictures of what each subject can be within such a setting.

The Christopherus Waldorf Curriculum Overview fills a need that has been palpable in my experience -- and it fills it to overflowing. Simmons' deep understanding of Steiner's pedagogy, her experience inside Waldorf schools as both student and teacher, and her abilities as a writer have combined to give homeschool teachers a vision of this education that meets the modern world -- and carries Steiner's intent forward with joy and purpose.

I should also add that I believe that teachers within Waldorf schools could also benefit enormously from this Curriculum Overview. Simmons' approach, by not predicating the delivery of the education on a formal school setting, serves to focus on the goals, the intent, the wide-ranging possibilities of Steiner's pedagogy. I find it to be like a brisk fall breeze coming on the heels of a sultry summer: blowing change, waking us up, showing us the remarkable harvest that lies ahead.

Contents:

Part One

  • Chapter 1: Waldorf Education and Homeschooling
  • Chapter 2: A Visit to a Waldorf School
  • Chapter 3: The Waldorf Home
  • Chapter 4: Homeschooling with Waldorf

Part Two

  • Chapter 5: Grade by Grade
  • Chapter 6: Topic by Topic
    • Language Arts
    • Handwork, Crafts and Gardening
    • Foreign Language
    • Math
    • Music
    • History (including Fairy Tales, Legends & Myths)
    • Art - Drawing, Painting and Modeling
    • Geography
    • Form Drawing
    • Science
    • Movement, Games and Sports
    • Chapter 7: Home is Not School
    • Chapter 8: Nuts and Bolts
    • Chapter 9: Questions and Answers
    • Chapter 10: A Peek at the Future: High School

Part Three

    • Chapter 7: Home is Not School
    • Chapter 8: Nuts and Bolts
    • Chapter 9: Questions and Answers
    • Chapter 10: A Peek at the Future: High School

    Rudolf Steiner's Curricuum for Waldorf Schools

    An attempt to summarise his indications ~ A collection of quotations for the benefit of the different Waldorf Schools

    E. A. Karl Stockmeyer

    Softbound, saddle stitched.

    $24.95

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    Taken as a living document, Karl Stockmeyer's collection of various things Rudolf Steiner said about the curriculum for Waldorf education, particularly because they are juxtaposed by his commentaries and reports of things that were done at the Stuttgart school, is a thought-provoking source of inspiration to anyone teaching the grades and high school.  Karl Stockmeyer served as a teacher and administrator at the original Waldorf School in Stuttgart during Steiner's time and continued on after Steiner's death in 1925.  His compilation of Steiner's thoughts on the curriculum is perhaps the richest and broadest source of both inspiration and direction available on the subject.

    Although the English translation is fairly stiffly rendered, at least to an American English speaker's ear, the liveliness of the thoughts and descriptions that are conveyed transcends that minor difficulty, making this exciting reading for anyone with an interest in further the aims of Waldorf education.  It is small wonder that it has been at the side of so many teachers throughout the years.

    The Curriculum of the First Waldorf School

    Assembled by Caroline von Heydebrand

    Softbound, saddle stitched

    $11.95

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    Caroline von Heydebrand was greatly admired by Steiner for her teaching in the original Waldorf School of Stuttgart.  Her gifts with children were matched by her understanding of the intentions of the curriculum and its contents, as well as by her personal creativity.

    This little booklet detailing the curriculum as it was taught in those very early years is a beautiful compilation of which things were to be taught, why they needed to be taught, and what the long range benefits to the students would be for each year's subjects.

    Although in many ways The Curriculum of the First Waldorf School could be characterized as a collecti0n of notes, there is an inspiring power in the simplicity of their presentation and the fact that they so often contain remarks and asides that shed great light on the whys and wherefores of Waldorf education.

    It is a joy to be able to offer this book to all of you who are interested in the foundations of Steiner's pedagogy.

    Curriculum of the Rudolf Steiner School

    Roy Wilkinson

    $6.95

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    Wilkinson's captures the essence of subject, timing, and approach for grades 1 through 12 in Waldorf education. You'll find a remarkable tour of the 1919 curriculum, with modern commentary and suggestions, in under 60 pages!

    A Steiner-Waldorf Mathematic Resource

    Grades 1-8

    Eric Fairman

    A Path of Discovery Book

    A compilation of mathematic resources taken from A Path of Discovery - Grades 1-8. Revised and with additional material.

    Comb Bound

    $23.50

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    Eric Fairman's Mathematic Resource offers a beautiful, wonderfully useful overview of the mathematics curriculum for the entire 8 grades. Now, in one volume, you can see not only what to teach in any given grade, but where that teaching is headed and/or how the foundation for it has been laid. This will be of enormous help to homeschoolers and class teachers alike - assessing a student's level and finding ways to augment their studies will become much, much easier.

    A Steiner-Waldorf Mathematic Resource also contains new material as well as revisions of past publications.

    Contents:

    • Grade 1 - Introduction to Numbers and the Four Processes
    • Grade 2 - Shapes, Number Patterns and Skills
    • Grade 3 - Measurement
    • Grade 4 - Review and Fractions
    • Grade 5 - Decimals and Fractions
    • Grade 6 - Geometry and Business Math
    • Grade 7 - Geometry, Geometric Proofs, Logarithmic patterns
    • Grade 8 - Platonic Solids
    • Appendix: Fraction Dominoes for Grade Four

    A Handbook for Waldorf Class Teachers

    Waldorf Research Books No. 1

    Compiled by Kevin Avison

    Sprial Bound

    $19.95

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    This popular book is a useful and practical resource for Waldorf school teachers and offers a great deal to homeschoolers as well. It provides detailed suggestions and checklists for teaching all lessons for classes 1 through 8. Especially useful are Avison's Readiness and Skills checklist, which give quick clarification to anyone wishing to evaluate a student's beginning understandings and capacities along with later accomplishments in a subject area.  General development is also covered, from several perspectives at each grade level.

    The extensive appendix features a compilation of planners for Waldorf teachers, as well as a collection of example records for students and their teachers.

    Avison's frequently witty advice provides an interesting and easy-to-navigate help for creative teaching activities and management.

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