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Ernst Schuberth



To accompany the outstanding mathematics curricula of Jamie York, we are pleased to add Dr. Ernst Schuberth’s approach, which we think you will find quite complimentary to the Making Math Meaningful series. Dr. Schuberth is a German Waldorf teacher of many years experience, and is one of the leaders in the field of education. His approach to teaching mathematics is European, not American, which means you will find less hands-on and more theory. I have always believed that if there were some way to synthesize the European educational perspective with that of the American, we’d have something approaching the best possible education for our children. With both Making Math Meaningful and Mathematics Lessons for Sixth Grade, you can create your own synthesis. Our advice to Americans would be to rely on Making Math Meaningful for the base of the education, and add perspectives from Dr. Schuberth when the student shows and interest and you sense an opening.

Dr. Schuberth provides an overview of the Waldorf elementary mathematics curriculum and provides a thorough presentation on the sixth grade where banking formulae, interest calculation, and elementary economics are considered. The book has weekly lesson plans, many problems, and solutions.

Dorothy Harrer


New revised and reorganized by grade - excerpts from Steiner's lectures added

Covers Grades 1-6



After far too many years out-of-print, Dorothy Harrer’s beloved Math Lessons is again available – and this edition is even better than the original. Now all of the lessons have been organized by grade and proofread by expert mathematics teachers. Additionally, there are wonderful excerpts from Steiner that have been added; each of them beautifully illuminates the approach you’ll find in this book. Overall, this is a book to love and rely on – it is filled with joyful potency.


  • Excerpts from Rudolf Steiner
  • Some thoughts in relation to arithematic teaching
  • Numbers and the four processes in First Grade
    • Numbers
    • The number three
    • Two, four, and eight
    • One through five
    • Six
    • Sums
    • We are all one whole class
    • Gnomes and jewels The four processes
    • The family that became one person
  • A selection of lessons for the Second Grade
    • The richest number
    • Big smoke and little flame
    • Two shapes
    • The king’s advisors
    • A number story for the sixth table
    • The giant who counted with his feet
  • A selection for lessons for the third grade
    • Big brother and little sister
    • Plus-Times and Minus-Divideby
    • Early measures
  • A selection of lessons for the fourth grade
    • The numbers workers
    • Riddle
    • Have an apple!
    • The tens as helpers
    • A selection of lessons for the fifth grade
    • History of numbers
    • The story of Pythagoras
  • A selection of lessons for the sixth grade
    • The decimal system
    • Percent means per hundred
    • What is a mill?
    • Fractional percents
    • Introduction to interest
    • More matters of interest
    • This year? Next year? Some time?
    • Simple interest and compound interest
    • Commission
    • Taxes
    • Ratio equivalents