Grade 2 Recorders

Curriculum

A Waldorf curriculum by design is a living curriculum. Given the variables of place and time, as well as the ever-changing constellation of individuals assembled in any class community, Waldorf teachers have the freedom to add and edit as will best serve their students. Although there are certain “milestones” along the journey, rooted in the patterns of human development, the specific vehicles for learning may look different from year to year, teacher to teacher, or Waldorf school to Waldorf school.

This is one reason a Waldorf curricular chart can only be a used as a guide, rather than turn-by-turn navigation. The other reason is the difficulty in isolating “subjects.” At the Waldorf School of Princeton, for example, lessons in sustainability or character are woven into every subject; movement is found in math classes, and math is found in movement classes. Each grade performs a class play that embodies elements from what is being studied in history, social studies, language arts, eurythmy, or music. Concepts introduced in one grade are revisited more deeply in another; rather than a staircase, the Waldorf journey can be pictured more like a spiral, or a helix.

Regardless, we hope that this chart provides an overview of the breadth of the education. Please click on any green dot to expand the content for that class.

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  Parent-Child Children's Garden (PreK/K) Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
Themes                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course
Language Arts                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course
History/Geography/Social Science                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course
World Language/Spanish                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course
Math                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course
Natural Science                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course
Movement & Games                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course
Visual & Practical Arts                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course
Eurythmy                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course
Music                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course
Farm & Garden                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course                                                             Course

Parent-Child Theme

Meeting the World

Children's Garden Theme

Learning through Play

First Grade Theme

Fairy Tales

Second Grade Theme

Fables & Legends

Third Grade Theme

Hebrew Stories/Pioneer Life

Fourth Grade Theme

Norse Mythology/Native American Lenape Life

Fifth Grade Theme

Ancient Civilizations - India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece

Sixth Grade Theme

Roman and Medieval History

Seventh Grade Theme

Renaissance/Reformation, Age of Discovery

Eighth Grade Theme

Modern History - Revolutions

Parent-Child Language Arts

  • Conversation Skills
  • Verses & Fingerplays
  • Simple Puppet Shows

Children's Garden Language Arts

  • Rich Oral Storytelling, Verses & Fingerplays
  • Conversational skills

First Grade Language Arts

  • Pictorial/Phonetic Introduction to the Alphabet
  • Writing Familiar Poems/Sentences, then Reading Them
  • Choral Recitation
  • Story re-telling

Second Grade Language Arts

  • Phonetic Patterns
  • Personal Writing into Reading
  • Early Readers

Third Grade Language Arts

  • Basic Grammar
  • Sentence Structure
  • Punctuation
  • Cursive Writing

Fourth Grade Language Arts

  • Framework for Original Compositions
  • Grammar, Spelling

Fifth Grade Language Arts

  • Building Verbal Memory
  • Poetry Recitation
  • Building Comprehension
  • Dictionary Work / Vocabulary
  • Independent Reading Assignments
  • Descriptive Writing
  • Direct & Indirect Speech
  • Report Writing

Sixth Grade Language Arts

  • Advanced Grammar
  • Self-editing
  • Expository, Descriptive & Narrative Writing
  • Conditional Sentences
  • Latin Sayings / Proverbs
  • Report Writing

Seventh Grade Language Arts

  • Literature
  • Biographies
  • Note-taking Skills
  • Writing Mechanics
  • Advanced Critical Reading skills
  • Forms of Poetry
  • Research Papers
  • Creative Writing

Eighth Grade Language Arts

  • Modern Literature / Short Stories
  • Editing
  • Study Skills
  • Creative Writing
  • History of English Language
  • Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dickens
  • Concise Summaries
  • Research Papers
  • Reports & Essays

Parent-Child History/Geography/Social Science

  • Exploration of the Outdoors

Children's Garden History/Geography/Social Science

  • Exploration of the Outdoors

First Grade History/Geography/Social Science

  • Fairy Tales

Second Grade History/Geography/Social Science

  • Fables, Legends & Myths

Third Grade History/Geography/Social Science

  • History Introduced through Hebrew Stories & Legends

Fourth Grade History/Geography/Social Science

  • Local History
  • New Jersey Geography
  • Mapmaking
  • Norse Mythology

Fifth Grade History/Geography/Social Science

  • U.S. Geography: Vegetation, Agriculture & economics
  • Relationship among Physical Geography, Climate & Human Activity
  • History: Ancient Civilizations: India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Greece
  • Greek Culture, Politics & Governance

Sixth Grade History/Geography/Social Science

  • South American, African, Asian & European Geography/Culture
  • Latitude & Longitude
  • History: Roman & Medieval, Birth of Islam, Middle Ages

Seventh Grade History/Geography/Social Science

  • World Geography: Europe, Africa, Asia & South America
  • History: Middle Ages through the Renaissance and up to the Age of Exploration
  • Reformation in Northern Europe, Church and State Conflict

Eighth Grade History/Geography/Social Science

  • World Geography: East Asia, Australia & the Pacific Rim
  • Colonial America
  • Industrial Revolution to Modern Times
  • American History: Declaration of Independence, Constitution & Bill of Rights
  • Civil War
  • Industrial, French & American Revolutions

Parent-Child World Language/Spanish

  • Parents are invited to share songs and rhymes in their native tongues.

Children's Garden World Language/Spanish

  • Verses & Songs in Spanish or Other Language

First Grade World Language/Spanish

  • Spanish
  • Greetings
  • Numbers
  • The Human Body
  • Colors, Clothing & Food
  • Weather, Seasons & Holidays
  • Animals
  • Songs, Short Poems & Games

Second Grade World Language/Spanish

  • Spanish
  • Songs, Stories, Fables & Games

Third Grade World Language/Spanish

  • Spanish
  • The Farm
  • Telling Time
  • Food & Cooking
  • The House & Construction
  • Days of the Week, Months & Seasons

Fourth Grade World Language/Spanish

  • Spanish
  • Introduction of Reading & Writing in the Foreign Language
  • More Conscious Work with Grammar / Verb Conjugation

Fifth Grade World Language/Spanish

  • Spanish
  • Poetry & Songs
  • Deeper Study of Grammar
  • Introduction of a Reader

Sixth Grade World Language/Spanish

  • Spanish
  • Poetry, Geography, History, and Cultures
  • Holidays
  • Grammar: Regular/Irregular Verbs, Future/Present Tense, Possessives, Prepositions

Seventh Grade World Language/Spanish

  • Spanish
  • Songs & Poetry
  • Grammar: Regular/Irregular Verbs
  • Present, Future & Past Tense
  • Reflexive Verbs
  • Direct Object Pronoun
  • Possessives

Eighth Grade World Language/Spanish

  • Spanish or French
  • Grammar: Regular/Irregular Verbs
  • Present, Future & Past Tense
  • Reflexive Verbs
  • Direct Object Pronoun Possessives

Parent-Child Math

  • Introduction to Patterns/Order through Activities Such as Waiting Turns

Children's Garden Math

  • Preparing & Serving Snack
  • Setting the Table
  • Mathematical Games

First Grade Math

  • Arithmetic through Movement & Lively Oral Games
  • Roman & Arabic Numerals
  • Counting by Ones, Twos, Threes, Fours, Fives & Tens
  • The Four Processes (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division)
  • Simple Number Problems

Second Grade Math

  • Continued Four Processes (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division)
  • Place Value
  • Multiplication Tables, Regrouping
  • Carrying & Borrowing
  • Patterns
  • Mental Arithmetic
  • Practice Books Introduced

Third Grade Math

  • Weights & Measures
  • Time
  • Money
  • Review of the Four Processes (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division)
  • Double-Digit Multiplication
  • Long Division
  • Symmetry/4-Way Mirror Drawing

Fourth Grade Math

  • Fractions
  • Long Division & Multiplication
  • Mixed Numbers
  • Estimation

Fifth Grade Math

  • Decimals & Fractions
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Introduction to Metrics
  • Long Division
  • Area
  • Multi-step Word Problems
  • Freehand Geometry

Sixth Grade Math

  • Plane Geometry
  • Compound & Simple Interest
  • Business Math
  • Calculating Taxes
  • Basic Economics
  • Percentages
  • Working with a Compass, Straight Edge & Protractor
  • Pi, Angles & Lines

Seventh Grade Math

  • Introduction to Algebra
  • Rates & Ratios
  • Percentages
  • Measures
  • Geometric Formulas

Eighth Grade Math

  • Algebra
  • Linear Equations
  • Manipulating Polynomials
  • Negative & Positive Numbers
  • Geometry
  • Platonic Solids
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Rational & Irrational Numbers

Parent-Child Natural Science

  • Outdoor Play & Exploration
  • Nurturing a Sense of Wonder Toward Nature & Natural Processes

Children's Garden Natural Science

  • Outdoor Play & Exploration
  • Nurturing a Sense of Wonder Toward Nature & Natural Processes
  • Nature Walks

First Grade Natural Science

  • Nature Stories
  • Outdoor Explorations

Second Grade Natural Science

  • Nature Stories
  • Outdoor Explorations

Third Grade Natural Science

  • Study of Practical Life
  • Farming & Gardening
  • Shelters
  • Outdoor Exploration
  • Climates & Physical Environments

Fourth Grade Natural Science

  • Preliminary Physiology & Zoology—Human & Animal

Fifth Grade Natural Science

  • Botany
  • Flowering Plants & Trees
  • Algae, Fungi, Lichens, Mosses & Ferns

Sixth Grade Natural Science

  • Physics
  • Acoustics: Volume, Pitch & Timbre
  • Electricity: Static & Magnetism
  • Mineralogy: Plate Tectonics
  • Optics: Light & Color
  • Combustion, Conduction & Convection
  • Radiation
  • Geology & Astronomy

Seventh Grade Natural Science

  • Physics: Measurement of Acoustics & Optics
  • Physiology: Respiratory, Circulatory, Metabolic & Nervous Systems
  • Inorganic Chemistry: Metals, Salts, Acids/Bases, Combustion, Lime Cycle
  • Astronomy
  • Lab Notes & Reports

Eighth Grade Natural Science

  • Physics: Fluids, Aeromechanics, Climatology
  • Physiology & Anatomy: Muscular & Skeletal Systems
  • Organic Chemistry: Proteins, Fats, Carbohydrates
  • Foodstuffs: Human Digestion, Cooking, Industrial Food Production

Parent-Child & Children's Garden Movement & Games

  • Circle Time
  • Imitative & Outdoor Play

First & Second Grade Movement & Games

  • Social, Circle & Hand Clapping Games
  • Swinging, Jumping, Climbing, Running, Skipping, Catching
  • Balancing Activities

Third Grade Movement & Games

  • Cooperative Games
  • Skill Development
  • Jump Rope, Tumbling, Balancing

Fourth Grade Movement & Games

  • Cooperative Games
  • Games Featuring the Individual within a Group
  • Rules & Strategy
  • Skill Development
  • Jump Rope, Tumbling, Balancing

Fifth Grade Movement & Games

  • Greek Pentathlon
  • Javelin, Running, Discus, Wrestling, Long Jump
  • After-School Sports: Cross-country & Basketball

Sixth Grade Movement & Games

  • Sports Skills & Fitness
  • Juggling
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Cricket
  • Space Ball
  • After-School Sports: Cross-country & Basketball

Seventh Grade Movement & Games

  • Sports Skills & Fitness
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Touch Football
  • Volleyball
  • After-School Sports: Cross-country & Basketball

Eighth Grade Movement & Games

  • Sports Skills & Fitness
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis
  • Field Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • After-School Sports: Cross-country & Basketball

Parent-Child Visual & Practical Arts

  • Kneading Bread Dough
  • Sweeping
  • Painting

Children's Garden Visual & Practical Arts

  • Kneading Bread Dough
  • Cleaning, Folding, Washing & Tidying
  • Painting
  • Beeswax Coloring
  • Wet Felting
  • Cleaning, Folding, Washing & Tidying

First & Second Grade Visual & Practical Arts

  • Watercolor Painting
  • Beeswax Sculpting
  • Knitting
  • Hand Sewing
  • Form Drawing

Third Grade Visual & Practical Arts

  • Watercolor Painting—Gesture
  • Beeswax and/or Clay Modeling
  • Broom Making from Corn
  • Wheat Harvest & Maple Sugaring
  • Crochet

Fourth Grade Visual & Practical Arts

  • Watercolor Painting & Pastels—Form
  • Braided Designs & Drawing
  • Sculptural Arts
  • Woodwork
  • Cross-stitch

Fifth Grade Visual & Practical Arts

  • Cuneiform
  • The Buddha
  • Greek Coins or Vases
  • Plants
  • Woodwork
  • Knitting Socks with Four Needles

Sixth Grade Visual & Practical Arts

  • Fine Art: Light & Shadow
  • Sculptural Arts: Gothic Arches, Elephants, Knights’ Accoutrements, Woodwork
  • Hand Sewing: Stuffed Animals, Dolls

Seventh Grade Visual & Practical Arts

  • Fine Art: Perspective Drawing
  • Sculptural Arts: Clay, Woodworking
  • Handwork: Hand Sewing & Embroidery

Eighth Grade Visual & Practical Arts

  • Fine Art: Portraits
  • Sculptural Arts: Clay, Woodworking
  • Handwork: Machine Sewing

Parent-Child Eurythmy

  • Some Basic Gestures Introduced During Circle Time

Children's Garden Eurythmy

  • Eurthymy Teacher Visits Once a Week During Circle Time

First Grade Eurythmy

  • Movement Classes Using Folk & Fairy Tales

Second Grade Eurythmy

  • Movement Classes Using Stories, Fables & Short Poems

Third Grade Eurythmy

  • Movement Classes Using Stories, Poems & Music
  • Themes from Hebrew Stories, Farming Life & Shelters

Fourth Grade Eurythmy

  • Movement Classes Using Themes from Norse Mythology
  • Weaving Patterns
  • Facing Front while Moving

Fifth Grade Eurythmy

  • Movement Classes with Poems from Ancient Cultures
  • Moving Geometric Forms

Sixth Grade Eurythmy

  • Movement Classes Using Themes from Roman History & Middle Ages
  • Moving Geometric Forms

Seventh Grade Eurythmy

  • Movement Classes Using Ballads & Poems

Eighth Grade Eurythmy

  • Movement Classes Involving Choreography & Presentation of a Fairy Tale or Full Music Piece

Parent-Child & Children's Garden Music

  • Singing in Pentatonic Scale

First & Second Grade Music

  • Singing
  • Interval & Pentatonic Flutes

Third Grade Music

  • Soprano Recorder
  • Singing in Rounds

Fourth Grade Music

  • Soprano Recorder
  • Singing in Harmony
  • Musical Notation
  • Strings Lessons (Viola, Violin, or Cello)

Fifth Grade Music

  • Strings Lessons (Viola, Violin, or Cello)
  • Alto Recorder
  • Music Theory
  • Singing in Three Parts

Sixth, Seventh & Eighth Grade Music

  • Strings Orchestra
  • Chorus/singing
  • Recorders
  • Music Theory

Parent-Child Farm & Garden

  • Farm & Garden Walks

Children's Garden & First Grade Farm & Garden

  • Farm & Garden Walks
  • Planting

Second Grade Farm & Garden

  • Farm & Garden Walks
  • Broomcorn Is Planted in Spring for Use the Following Year

Third Grade Farm & Garden

  • Weeklong Trip to Hawthorne Valley Farm
  • Formal Gardening Classes Begins
  • Measuring the Garden and Ploughing the Earth with an Antique Plough
  • Learning How to Use Hand Tools
  • Weeding & Planting
  • Cutting Down Broomcorn / Making Brooms with a Professional Broom Maker
  • Preparing Worm Bins
  • Cleaning & Oiling Tools
  • Gathering Maple Sap for Syrup
  • Planting Garden Beds

Fourth Grade Farm & Garden

  • No Formal Curriculum
  • Farm & Garden Walks

Fifth Grade Farm & Garden

  • Raised Beds
  • Vertical Gardens
  • Edible & Medicinal Herbs
  • Moss Gardens
  • Cooking on a Camp Stove

Sixth Grade Farm & Garden

  • Harvesting Cool-Weather Crops (Herbs, Corn, Squash, Beans, Pumpkins)
  • Preparing Salads & Pestos from the Garden
  • Laying Stone Pathways & Borders
  • Sowing Warm-Weather Seeds in the Greenhouse and Learning to Transplant Seedlings
  • Building Tomato Cages
  • Making a Birdhouse 
  • Crop Rotation & Bed Planning Maps 

Seventh Grade Farm & Garden

  • Invasive & Native Species
  • Soil Science
  • Building Rain Gardens

Eighth Grade Farm & Garden

  • Independent Projects to Improve the School (e.g., Greenhouse Repairs, Landscape Design)