Curriculum Overview
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Alabama Waldorf School

Curriculum Overview (subject to change based on needs of the students)
See chart below for Arts, Humanities, and Movement curricula.

Mathematics

Sciences

English & Grammar

Literature

Foreign Languages

Geography

History

First

Grade

Whole numbers, four processes, counting, Roman numerals

Nature studies

Capital letters, reading from own writing, phonics, short plays, choral recitations

Rhythmic poems, Fairy tales

Songs, games, poems, stories; colors, numbers, basic vocabulary

Nature through observation

Second

Grade

Times tables, columnar addition and subtraction, carrying and borrowing

Nature studies

Lower case letters, reading typed print, cursive, plays, speech and recitation, phonics

Legends and animal fables, tales of saints

Days, months, seasons, fables, family vocabulary

Environment through observation

Third

Grade

Measurement, time, long division and columnar multiplication

Farm life, food production, habitat

Simple grammar and writing, speech work, plays

Tales of the Hebrew Bible, poetry, reading

Conversations, time, food, basic grammar, complex commands, simple stories

Habitat, farming, clothing

Hebrew stories as part of ancient history

Fourth

Grade

Word problems, averages, fractions, factoring

Human & Animal:
descriptive study of animals

Parts of speech, grammatical rules, writing poetry and stories

Norse sagas, poetry, African, Creek, and Cherokee legends

Writing, reading, plays, verb tenses, spelling, short dictation

Map making from classroom to home, region

Alabama history, Native Americans

Fifth

Grade

Decimals, fractions, mixed numbers, reciprocals, freehand geometry

Zoology: lesser known animals,
botany

Active and passive, subject and predicate, syntax, writing

Greek, Indian, and Egyptian mythology, biographies

Literature, grammar, proverbs, conversation

United States geography

India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Africa

Sixth

Grade

Percentage, ratio, money interest, proportion, business math, freehand geometry

Physics, geology, mineralogy

Grammar, descriptive and expository writing

Tales of chivalry, poetry, ballads

Literature, history, grammar, geography, conversation

North and South America

From ancient Rome through the Middle Ages

Seventh

Grade

Business math, graphs, algebra, perimeters, areas, powers

Chemistry,
physiology,
nutrition,
first aid, anatomy, meteorology

Creative writing, research papers, business letters

Arthurian legends, historical novels, poetry

Reading, writing compositions, conversation, grammar, biographies

Africa and Europe, map reading

1400 – 1700: Exploration, Reformation, Renaissance

Eighth

Grade

Practical mathematics, percent, equations, plane and solid geometry, and algebra

Organic chemistry,
physiology,
physics

Grammar, compositions, business and practical writing

Shakespeare, epic and dramatic poetry, folklore

Sentence structure, reading and retelling of stories, review of learned material

World Geography, global contrasts, global commerce and economics

1700– present:

Revolutions: French, American, Indian, Industrial, Civil Rights movement



Alabama Waldorf School

Curriculum Overview

Drawing

Painting

Handwork

Modeling

Movement Education

Music

First

Grade

Curves, straight lines, patterns, alphabet, fairy tale pictures

Wet brush on wet paper painting using primary colors

Finger knitting, two needle knitting, cast on, bind off, finishing

Beeswax: simple figures, scenes from fairy tales

Seasonal games, cooperative games, circle games and activities, jump rope, hand clapping games, simple dances

interval flute, seasonal songs

Second

Grade

Symmetry, mirror drawing, running forms, animals from fables

Painting using secondary colors, animal and plant forms

Purling, increase, decrease, combine knit and purl

Beeswax: scenes from fables, legends, etc.

Tumbling, hop scotch, jump rope, hand clap games, Weaving in and out of the circle, improving basic gaits, circle dances

Pentatonic flute, folk songs, simple rhythms

Third

Grade

4 quadrant symmetry, metamorphoses

Nature paintings, Old Testament images

Crochet – chain, single, double, seaming

Beeswax: scenes from main lesson work

Ring games, line games, circus arts, jump rope, circle dances

Diatonic flute, octaves, rounds, basic notation, rhythms

Fourth

Grade

Interlocking and negative forms, Native American motifs, Norse myth illustration

Local landscapes and animals

Cross stitch, embroidery, braiding and cords

Clay modeling: animals, geometric shapes, etc.

Running, jumping and throwing games, obstacle courses, athletic lead-up games, improve posture and running forms, folk dances, native american games

Notation, time values, major and minor third

Fifth

Grade

Freehand geometric drawing, dynamic drawing, illustration of Greek, Indian, and African myths

Greek and Indian architecture, work from darkness into light

Five needle knitting: felted slippers.

Clay modeling: Greek vases, clay tablets

Plant shapes

Greek games: javelin, discus, long jump, sprint, Greco-Roman wrestling, focus is on form and appreciation of movement

Major and minor scales, harmony

Sixth

Grade

Exact geometric drawing, black and white drawing

Landscapes, color contrasts

Hand-sewing, pattern design, quilting

Bas-relief in Roman style

Circus arts, archery, team sports, fencing with staves, teamwork games and activities

Descant, alto and tenor recorders, string and wind instruments

Seventh

Grade

Perspective drawing, platonic solids

Transparent colors

Waldorf dolls

Clay modeling: hands, feet, bones

Track and field, juggling, fencing with staves, teamwork games and activities

Choir, middle school orchestra, recorders

Eighth

Grade

3-dimensional drawings, volumes

Space in color

Machine sewing, weaving

Human head in clay

Fencing, teamwork activities, team sports, track and field continues

Choir, middle school orchestra, writing music

 
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