Lesson Planning: A Sample Form

In one post I shared my personal form for the rhythm of one of our days of the week, but I was recently thinking about a sample form or list that could help mothers plan their Grades One through Eight  homeschooling according to the eight pillars of artistic work of Waldorf Education that we have talked about in the past on this blog.  Academic subjects are taught through artistic work in Waldorf Education; this is an enlivening form of education for the child.

Please take this as a “I thought of this in quickly and you might be able to tweak it or use parts of  it or come up with something even better” kind of way, not as a definitive end product.  Smile

Anyway, this is what I was thinking:

Name of Block:

Goals for Artistic Work:

Goals for Academic Work:

Goals for Social Skills or Character Development: (could be within the family, outside the family, personal development goals for that child):

Any notes on physical state of my child:

Any notes on the emotional state of my child:

Any notes on the spiritual state of my child:

Any special challenges in movement or other areas:



Morning Gathering:

· Verse:

· Songs:

· Movement Games:

· Movement in Poetry:

· Movement for Childhood website suggestions:

· Mental Math:

· Spelling Words of the Week: (typically second grade and up, some Waldorf homeschoolers don’t do a lot of formal spelling, it depends upon your child and your approach!)

Main Lesson: (and the order of this may vary depending on what you are doing each day)

· Review of material: Through what means? Just talking together, drama, other forms?

· Response of Child/Lesson Activity – How will this be accomplished through drama, speech/poetry, drawing, painting, movement, modeling, handwork, singing and musical instruments – what are the artistic and academic pieces being brought here? Do the artistic pieces need teaching in themselves or “warm up activities” to help and guide the child?

· Presentation of New Material by Teacher – through what artistic means?




Transition verses for child to come back to practical work or additional lessons:

Other Lessons:

Read-aloud Book:

Ideas For Practical or Artistic Work after lunch:

Closing Verse:


Maybe jumping off from this list will help you organize your homeschooling or even help re-vitalize it during the often dreary, weary month of February.


Many blessings and much love,


9 thoughts on “Lesson Planning: A Sample Form

  1. I too am happy to receive this! Although I’m some years away from home schooling I have a file folder of info which this will most certainly go into 🙂 Thanks so much! Keep it coming!!

  2. Thanks for sharing! Wouldn’t some of the items on the list be more long-term items, say for a semester or school year? I like to have an overview for my main lesson planning, but I keep circle time and all the other school items separate. I love your physical/emotional/spiritual items. Those get forgotten so easily. I also like to give each child (grades 2 and up) a list with things it needs to accomplish daily. Without these lists, my children get lost or don’t get the things done that need to get done, especially the older ones.

    • Eva,
      Yes, I was envisioning it several ways…maybe one wanted to write down all the artistic work for one block just to make sure it was all in there (ie, I will bring two alliterative poems for Norse myths, we will model Odin and Thor and Loki out of beeswax, these are the drawings we will do, these are the paintings we will do, we will do movement to this verse, etc) or to use the bottom part of the daily stuff as a daily planning kind of form.

      I love your list per child, I do that as well for my fourth grader.

      Love to you!!

  3. Carrie! Wow! This is fantastic – thank you 🙂

    You’ve got my gears turning now and I’m wondering if I could create a writable pdf file with your suggestions? I think this would be really helpful to me. i love my current planner, but I find I’m adding certain elements to it to make it more “Waldorf” in nature to how I want to teach.

    hmmmm, you’ve got me thinking, my friend! Thank you!

  4. What a wonderful list! I am currently studying to become a public school teacher and all of my work there has led me to suggest another element to your planning… how to assess work towards your goals. Setting goals is so important, but so is understanding when goals have been met. I’m not saying grades or scores, but setting from the start a statement that says what the child will be able to do when goals are met, or how you will know your lessons led towards your goals. The child doesn’t even ever need to know you are taking notes on their progress and learning (though I do think it is useful for older kids to know what learning goals are so they can take responsibility for their learning… in 5th, 6th, 7th grade and beyond), but it is so helpful for you as an educator to know whether what you are doing is useful or not. Here’s a pretty good intro to writing learning targets and objectives. http://fcit.usf.edu/assessment/basic/basicb.html

    The great thing about homeschooling is that you can write your goals however makes sense to you and your child, and you can assess learning however you want, too. Your child have to pass a test for you to know they’ve learned something, but you as a teacher should have some way to know that they are learning what you want them to (completed main lesson books, demonstrated ability to solve math problems, ability to recite verses, story retold with main plot points and characters included, etc). It’s not terribly difficult once you are in the habit, and it really allows you to see what is happening in your homeschool.

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