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Fifth Grade Ancient India Block: Living Lessons: FREE First Lesson!


By choosing this free item you will receive a download of Mr. Andrea’s first lesson for free! If you enjoy the lesson you can purchase the full set on this page.

“Join Waldorf teacher Mr. Andrea for an adventure through Ancient India. This block is the first part of the fifth grade Ancient Civilizations series/block. Studying India is very important because of the cultural foundations it laid and continues to lay for so many subsequent civilizations. This block also generates interest for the Indian culture and exposing the students to eternal human truths beautifully expressed by the ancient rishis. This block is appropriate for any student age 10 and up. Each Living Lesson set is a complete video course for the block and includes chalkboard drawings, teacher instruction, main lesson book drawings, music, watercolor, and more. The exact contents of the block can be found below in the description.”


What are Living Lessons?

Living Lessons are not an online school. Our goal is and always has been to assist the parent/teacher in their own classroom. We also feel it is important that the parent/teacher remains involved in the lessons to stay true to the Waldorf methods. So Living Lessons are a classroom assistant for you and a way for you to become a better teacher by having another teacher lead, guide, and inspire you. Here are some ways in which you may use the Living Lessons:

1. You are homeschooling multiple ages and need a virtual teacher now and then so you can offer each of your students individual attention.

2. You are looking for a virtual classroom experience with a Waldorf teacher.

3. You need a break now and then from homeschooling full time.

4. You want to enhance your own skill set by watching other teachers present Waldorf lessons.

5. You want to join a community of other parents experiencing Living Lessons with opportunities for your kids to connect with other kids in the program.

6. You are running a business or working from home and need a virtual teacher to help you homeschool.

7. You recently moved or are experiencing health challenges that make it hard to homeschool full time.

8. You are new to homeschooling and need a boost of confidence to start off your year.

9. You are new to Waldorf education.

10. You feel overwhelmed with the prospect of homeschooling or you have been forced into homeschooling by the pandemic and are feeling lost.


Ancient Civilizations – Content

Peek into what a main lesson block guide from Mr. Andrea looks like (he will be providing videos for everything in the guide – a complete block!)…

Ancient Civilizations Block Guide for Parents

Ancient Civilizations: Lesson 1: The First Lesson
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson 2: Indian Geography
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson 3: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson 3B: Drawing of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson 4: Shiva the Yogi
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson 4B: Portrait of Shiva’s Face
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #5 – Maya, Baghira, and the River Ganges
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #6 – Indian Tridevi of Goddesses
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #7 – Durga
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #7B – Portrait Drawing of Durga
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #8 – Indra
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #9 – Pandu’s Misfortune
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #10: Arjuna Shoots the Bird
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #11: The Journey to Benares
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #12: Fire at Benares
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #13: Who Wins the Hand of Draupadi
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #14: The Bow Called Gandiva
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #15: The Great Battle of Kurukshetra
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #16: The Search for the Gate of Heaven
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #17: The Hermit and the Elephant
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #18: The Gentle Prince Siddhartha
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #19: Siddhartha Encounters Suffering
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #20: Siddhartha’s Path as a Beggar 
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #20B: How to Sing Kirtan – Hare Krishna
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #21: Siddhartha’s Enlightenment
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #21B: Transitions in Writing – Final Buddha Composition 
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #21C: How to Make a Clay Buddha Sculpture
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #21D: How to Sing the Peace Chant
Ancient Civilizations: Lesson #21E: How to Play a Recorder Round – Be Ye Lamps

Future Ancient Civilizations Blocks:

Persia – In this block, we will explore the roots of magic, wizardry, stone circles, and the advent of agriculture (across the world). More details to come.

Mesopotamia/Egypt – At some point, human beings became more comfortable with their lives on the earth and began to see the world of nature as a divine revelation. The arts of sacred geometry, architecture, astrology, music, math, and others were greatly advanced during this period. We will explore all of that in this block, including pondering mysteries like, “Why exactly did the Egyptians mummify their dead? What were they doing for the souls of the departed in this practice?”

Greece – Ancient Greek culture has had a significant impact on the developing world up through modern times through their art, theatre, rhetoric, philosophy, logic, language, science, democracy, and more. Studying these contributions helps students understand how we got to where we are, both in terms of the Greeks’ gifts as well as the pitfalls. In this block, we will learn about these contributions with a balanced eye, something the Greeks themselves would be proud of. Notable personalities, including a number of heroic Greek women, will be highlighted. 


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