Waldorf Education - Science Through the Grades Road Map Pt. 2

science waldorf by grade Jun 11, 2023

This is a two part post.  Part 1 is HERE.

The first post focused on science through grade 5.  Now we'll tackle what comes next. I do think for homeschoolers, the most important thing to keep in mind is not to be intimidated. Science was never my strong point in school, but I found myself enjoying it so much while I have been preparing for our lessons.  Remember that it is about owning what you do know and blessing it so you can take it to your children - take the time to prepare, not cram, preparation can be as simple as working through the material and letting it sit or it can be actually working through experiments to see the outcome.  So much has to do with how you learn and how you can then transform that learning into a living experience for your child.

Grade 6/Class 6: This year children get a taste of physics with sound, heat, light, magnetism and static electricity. It also digs deeply into geology, minerals of the Earth and their qualities (in...

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Waldorf Education - Science Through the Grades Road Map Pt. 1

science waldorf by grade Jun 04, 2023
Often I get emails from moms with young children that look forward to the first few years of the curriculum and don't see science and begin to panic.  I also get emails from those that are part of state/government mandated programs and they worry about the science content as well.  Unless you know where to look, it might seem that Waldorf doesn't have a strength in this area until middle elementary and even then it may look weak to some. It leaves an impression that this is only a liberal arts education and not heavy in math or science at all.  I am hoping this post will clear up some of that misconception and also help those that might need it to know just what to say when nay-sayers come knocking.

In the text "Rudolf Steiner's Curriculum for Waldorf Schools," Karl Stockmeyer methodically lays out Steiner's recommendations for the first schools - in fact the subtitle is "An attempt to summarise his indications" - I am not sure I would recommend this book for...

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