Outline of Waldorf Curriculum
Grades 1-8

 

Grade 1

Mathematics

  • Geometric forms
  • Count to 100
  • Rhythmic patterns
  • Beginnings of 4 processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Mental arithmetic
  • Word problems
  • Number sequences & relationships
  • Roman numerals
  • Odds & evens

Language Arts

  • Letter forms & sounds
  • Letter blends 
  • Oral recitation
  • Writing words
  • Simple sentences
  • Beginning reading with one’s own writing as text
  • Word families
  • Poetry

Natural Sciences

  • The kingdoms of nature through storytelling

Social Science & Literature

  • Fairytales from around the world

Geography

  • Wonders through observations of nature

Grade 2

Mathematics

  • Form drawings
  • Number sequences & relationships
  • Continue with 4 processes
  • Borrowing & carrying
  • System of place value
  • Multiplication table through movement & recitation

Language Arts

  • More letter blends & word families
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Punctuation
  • Grammar
  • Speech

Natural Sciences

  • The kingdoms of nature through storytelling
  • Animal stories through fables

Social Science & Literature

  • Fables from around the world
  • Saint legends

Geography

  • Environment through observation

 

GRADE 3

Mathematics

  • Form drawings
  • Multiplication 
  • Tables larger numbers with the 4 processes
  • Beginning long division
  • Time
  • Money
  • Weights
  • Measures
  • Use of ruler
  • Scale models for house building

Language Arts

  • Cursive writing
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Composition
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Speech

Natural Sciences

  • Human activity in nature: Farming, gardening, house building, grains, clothing around the world
  • Cooking

Social Science & Literature

  • Old Testament stories
  • Comparative cultures in studies of houses, food, clothing, Native American legends

Geography

  • Practical Studies

 


GRADE 4

Mathematics

  • Weights & measures
  • ong division
  • Fractions
  • Number relationships
  • Factoring
  • Prime numbers
  • Continued drill work

Language Arts

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Letters: business/friendly
  • Poetry
  • Speech
  • Drama
  • Creative writing

Natural Sciences

  • Human beings & animal studies

Social Science & Literature

  • Norse mythology
  • Local natural resources, native peoples, early settlers

Geography

  • Geography of own surroundings, plus Oregon and Washington
  • Mapmaking

 


GRADE 5

Mathematics

  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Geometric forms
  • Averages
  • Metric system
  • Continued drill work

Language Arts

  • Composition
  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Grammar
  • Poetry
  • Speech
  • Drama

Natural Sciences

  • Botany

Social Science & Literature

  • Ancient mythologies & histories: India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece
  • North American culture

Geography

  • Mediterranean area
  • North America
  • Mapmaking

 


GRADE 6

Mathematics

  • Ratio
  • Proportion
  • Profit/loss
  • Discount
  • Interest
  • Percentage
  • Graphs
  • Estimation
  • Geometry
  • Continued drill work

Language Arts

  • Composition
  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Grammar
  • Poetry
  • Speech
  • Drama

Natural Sciences

  • Composition
  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Grammar
  • Poetry
  • Speech
  • Drama

Social Science & Literature

  • Roman history
  • Medieval history

Geography

  • Lands & oceans
  • Physical geography of the world
  • Economic interdependence
  • Cultural geography (religions, traditions, life styles, etc.)

 

GRADE 7

Mathematics

  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Graphs
  • Continued drill work

Language Arts

  • Composition
  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Grammar
  • Poetry
  • Speech
  • Drama

Natural Sciences

  • Human physiology & nutrition
  • Physics (continued)
  • Mechanics
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry: inorganic

Social Science & Literature

  • Renaissance
  • Age of exploration

Geography

  • Lands & oceans
  • Physical geography of the world
  • Economic interdependence
  • Cultural geography (religions, traditions, life styles, etc.)

GRADE 8

Mathematics

  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Practical applications
  • Continued drill work

Language Arts

  • Composition
  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Grammar
  • Poetry
  • Speech
  • Drama

Natural Sciences

  • Physics: continued, plus hydraulics, aerodynamics
  • Meteorology
  • Human anatomy
  • Chemistry: organic

Social Science & Literature

  • Modern history
  • 18th – 20th centuries: Revolutions in politics & industry

Geography

  • Lands & oceans
  • Physical geography of the world
  • Economic interdependence
  • Cultural geography (religions, traditions, life styles, etc.)

Drama, drawing, painting, modeling, poetry, song, Eurythmy and musical instruments are woven throughout the main lesson subjects in all of the grades. As the students reach the higher grades, more advanced artistic skills are introduced in separate lessons of woodwork, perspective drawing, stringed instruments, band instruments, choir, and orchestra. In addition to the main lesson subjects, our school offers special subject lessons in foreign language (Spanish), physical education and handwork/crafts for all eight years of Waldorf education.