Tag Archives: Preschool

Storytelling Tips for Teachers & Parents

Question: Are there examples of written story summaries anywhere? I am struggling with creating concise, accurate summaries for long stories. Currently I am writing what my daughter and I create together, but it goes on and on sometimes. TIA! Right now I am working on all the September lessons –...
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Why Do We Put the Whole Before the Parts (Math)?

In Waldorf education there are variations on how the times tables are taught. However, one constant remains ‚Äď that we always work from the whole to the parts. But what does that mean and why do we do that? In Waldorf classrooms different teachers recite the times tables with their...
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10 Tips on Teaching Different Ages Together

1. Always have an older child teach a younger child something when possible. That way you have two children occupied and one less Main Lesson to teach ūüôā I remember my second grader used to help me with all my classes when she was little. She was like a mini...
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Summer Verse for G1 & G2 Members

How¬†the corn has grown ripe in the Summer’s hot days, And the reaping began with the sun’s early rays, Mike and Jack since the morn, Have been cutting the corn, Which is bound up by Peggy and Sue; And sweet, flaunting poppies and flow’rets of blue Wag their heads o’er...
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How Do I Move on from Kindergarten Stories with Props?

Question from John and Karen: Right now all my stories for my pre/K child are done with figures and props. When it comes to 1st grade are main lesson stories only told using chalkboard drawings or can puppetry type storytelling still be used? Reply from Waldorf Teacher Diane Power: To tell stories...
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How Can I Help My Kids Catch Up in the Summer?

Question from Angil:¬†Do you have suggestions for “summer school” to round out the missing lessons from 3rd grade – math, and reading (very slow reader and fluctuations in interest)? Reply from Waldorf Teacher Diane Power:¬†“Summer school” I always encouraged the parents to allow their child to play outdoors as much...
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My Son Had Trouble Knitting in First Grade

Question from Gina: My son had a hard time with knitting in first grade. He didnt want to stick with in for more than a few minutes at a time, complaining of his hands hurting or wanting to do somethimg else. Now we are moving on to second grade where...
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Can I Teach the Solar System in First Grade?

Question from Melissa: There has been recent discussion on several Waldorf pages pertaining to teaching younger children about the solar system or the night sky in general. It looks to me like the solar system is not taught until about 6th grade. Is there a specific reason for that? My girls...
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Block Crayons and Developmental Skills

Question from Esther: I have a question about Stockmar vs Filana crayons. We have found that the Filana transfers to the paper much more easily, but you can still get different results applying different pressures. I would like to know if there is a reason why Stockmar for Waldorf other than...
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A Waldorf National Day Celebration

The ideas below can be used for any national celebration in any country. We used the Fourth of July in¬†America as our example. In today’s world of amusement parks, sugar-filled treats, electric grills and commercialism where does one go for a, earthy, non-electric, Waldorf 4th¬†of July or any¬†Independence¬†Day celebration for...
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Top Ten Earthschooling Opportunities

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Top Ten Fun Ways to Prepare for Homeschooling Next Year

Whew! We made it through another year! All that preparing, planning, teaching and purchasing of supplies and all those adventures have me worn out! Not to mention the challenges we overcame this year and all the new things we learned. I feel full, satisfied, amazed and slightly worn out and...
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I’m Spending Too Much Time on English & Math

Question from Member: Spending Too Much Time on English & Math We seem to be doing English and Maths all the time. English is through stories, and Maths we have been doing fractions for ever so long. We are doing animal and humans and Norse myths, but I find we...
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How Do I Teach Subjects I Find Boring?

Question from Member: Boring Subjects What can I do about subjects/activities I find dull, boring, or just lame?¬†We all have things we like and dislike. – Angil Reply from Waldorf Teacher, Diane Power I totally agree! Be creative! Perhaps there is another way to bring the subject matter. If it’s...
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Should My Child Skip First Grade?

Question from Member: Should My Child Skip First Grade? My 6 year old is currently in a mainstream kindergarten as she needed speech therapy that we could not afford to pay out of pocket. She loves going to school, has learned to read etc and most importantly, the speech impairment...
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My First Grader Has a Hard Time Retaining Letters

Question from Member: My First Grader Has a Hard Time Retaining Letters Our 7 year old son (Sept. Birthday) started grade 1 this year. I have been sharing stories and introducing the letters of the alphabet. He is starting to catch on, but he has a hard time retaining all...
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Using Math with Old Testament Stories in G3

Question from Member: How Can I Use Math in Old Testament Stories? How can I bring in liquid or dry measurement (weights for grade 3 math) through old testament stories? I am falling behind in OT stories ( we haven’t done David, Saul, Solomon yet, so if you think there...
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Should I Instruct a KG Student During Block Crayon Lessons?

Question from Member: Should I Instruct a KG Student During Block Crayon Lessons? I was just watching the block coloring tutorial video and was hoping to get come clarification. My child is kindergarten and my understanding was at this age everything should be by imitation, giving the child little or no...
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Should My Children of Different Ages Do Art at the Same Time?

Question from Member: Should My Children of Different Ages Do Art at the Same Time? I think homeschoolers have a challenging setup when we have multiple kids at differing abilities. My 4 yr old criticizes her work (she’s four!! And I’ve NEVER been negative about hers or any of my children’s work)...
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How to Deal with ‘Artist Competition’

Question from Member: My Kids Get Frustrated Their Drawings Don’t Look Like Mine… While you are on drawing, my kids (especially my younger one) get frustrated that their drawings don’t look like mine (which aren’t that great, but as she’s only 4 obviously I’ve got a bit better control). Beyond...
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