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Curriculum

THE WALDORF CURRICULUM is organized to address the three developmental phases of childhood: from birth to six or seven years, from seven to 14 years and from 14 to 18 years. At each phase, subject matter is brought to the children in a way that is appropriate to their stage of development.

Here is an outline of the main courses of work for each of the grades:

Grade One

Main Lesson: form drawing; introduction to letters, writing and reading; fairy tales and folk tales; nature lore and observation; introduction to the four operations of math; pentatonic flute; recitation of poetry and verse; drama
Specialty Classes: music (singing), handwork (knitting), art (watercolor painting), foreign language (French), movement education

Grade Two

Main Lesson: form drawing; saint legends; animal fables; nature study; arithmetic, including borrowing and carrying, multiplication tables, numerical patterns and forms; expanded work in reading, writing and speech, pentatonic flute, recitation of poetry and verse, drama
Specialty Classes: music (singing), handwork (knitting), art (watercolor painting), foreign language (French), movement education

Grade Three

Main Lesson: Old Testament stories as an introduction to history; form drawing; studies of practical life in farming, maple sugaring, house building; multiplication with higher numbers, weight, measurement and money; cursive writing, introduction to grammar and parts of speech, simple and descriptive writing, and spelling; time and calendar work.
Specialty Classes: music (singing), handwork (cross-stitch), art (watercolor painting), foreign language (French), movement education, agricultural arts

Grade Four

Main Lesson: Norse myths and sagas; Maine geography and history; Native American cultures; form drawing; introduction to zoology; introduction to fractions; parts of speech, grammar, composition, vocabulary, spelling; drama

Specialty Classes: music (violin, chorus, recorder), handwork (cross-stitch), art (watercolor painting), foreign language (French), physical education 

Grade Five

Main Lesson: History of ancient civilizations (India, Persia, Egypt, Greece); physical and economic geography of North America; botany; introduction to geometry through freehand drawing; drama
Specialty Classes: music (violin, chorus), handwork (four-needle knitting), art (watercolor painting), foreign language (French), physical education and training for the Pentathlon, woodworking; clay modeling

Grade Six

Main Lesson: History of Rome and the Middle Ages; geography of Europe; geology; business math; introduction to physics; geometric drawing with ruler and compass; speech, spelling, vocabulary, book reports, letter writing, essay form; drama

Specialty Classesmusic (strings ensemble, chorus), handwork, art (watercolor painting), foreign language (French), physical education, woodworking, clay modeling

Grade Seven

Main Lesson: History from the 1400s through the 1600s (Age of Exploration, Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution); introduction to U.S. history; astronomy; physics; human anatomy; geography of Latin America, the Middle East and Near East, Oceania; literature, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, creative and expository writing; current events; drama

Specialty Classesmusic (strings ensemble, chorus), handwork, art (watercolor painting, perspective drawing), foreign language (French), movement education, woodworking, clay modeling

Grade Eight

Main Lesson: History from 1600 to present (American, French and Industrial Revolutions, Civil War, Twentieth Century); meteorology, chemistry, physiology, physics; geography of Africa and Asia; drama
Specialty Classesmusic (strings ensemble, chorus), handwork (machine sewing), art (watercolor painting), foreign language (French), movement education, woodworking, clay modeling