I broke my no-photograph rule to post a few pictures from our Second Grade Main Lesson books…there really don’t seem to be many Second Grade Waldorf blogs out there and I wanted you all to see some examples from our work.
Below you will find the resources that I used for each block; you can also see this back post that talks about Second Grade resources here:
Planning (two posts, one here and one link embedded in this post): http://theparentingpassageway.com/2010/03/05/peaceful-days-more-about-homeschooling-waldorf-second-grade/
Let me make it very, very clear that I think you could focus on animal fables and legends and not do Saints at all. I liked Saints for my oldest, for this particular child, so I included them. Also, our year was more weighted toward math than language arts because that is what my child needed. Also, know every day had movement, modeling was often included in the Main Lesson so not mentioned separately here, and handwork took place every week along with Spanish and German, and math happened nearly every day during non-math blocks for practice unless we were letting it rest…
Thanks to Lovey for taking these pictures! Many of you remember Lovey!
I actually took a few of the pictures as well! A miracle for me!
September: Form Drawing and Math; I took the forms from a variety of resources and used some Cherokee Trickster tales to set the stage. The forms this year included running forms and vertical forms with a midline drawn and a midline present but not drawn. Math was taken from Melisa Nielsen’s Math Ebook and Donna Simmons’ Second Grade Math book:
We also celebrated Saint Michael and Michaelmas, baking, singing and pennywhistle. We did wet on wet painting of the geometric shapes from Donna Simmons’ Second Grade Math Book.
October: LA Block, Aesop’s Fables – find free on Internet and flesh out for three-day rhythm (look at Marsha Johnson’s files for examples at email@example.com); continue with daily Math and weekly Form Drawing, singing and pennywhistle
November: Math, resources as above, kept circling back to place value, carrying and borrowing; the story of Saint Martin and some other Saint stories at the end of Math lessons.
December: Saint Nicholas – many free resources on the Internet for this one- and Saint Francis and Clare (we did a very BIG wall mural); Santa Lucia, poetry; daily math, singing and pennywhistle
Keep it simple; you are teaching through art as your vehicle but the skill development is still there! You must know where your child is and what you are trying to accomplish in terms of skills, and then how do I bring that actively within the things that speak to the soul development of the eight-year-old. And don’t forget your singing, handwork, painting, modeling, games and movement!