Charles Kovacs’ ability to knowledgeably present any part of the Waldorf curriculum with warmth, grace and depth never ceases to amaze and delight me. His lesson notes, no matter the subject, are always useful and inspiring and interesting in the way that non-fiction seldom is.
In Botany, Kovacs provides a tour de force through the Waldorf 5th/6th grade Botany curriculum – He beautifully characterizes and describes different plants and the families of which they are a part, how they look, how they grow, where they live, what they do. There are sketches illustrating key features, chapters about seeds, butterflies, pollen in addition to those about specific plants and plant types. At the end is a long section about the plants we human beings use.
All of this is prefaced with one of the best essays I’ve ever read about the developmental stage of the 5th and 6th grader, and how to meet their needs educationally.
Another great Kovacs book – what a gift to students and teachers, whether in the classroom or at home!