Rudolf Steiner spoke about the importance of both saints and heroes in the education of the 8 year-old child. Though many Waldorf schools have a Saints block, heroes sometimes get forgotten - but not by the children, who will seek them out in other sources!
Guidance is given to the parent to help choose which stories to tell; how to prepare for the block and how to put it together; whether to do a several week block or to use Saints and Heroes as a theme for the whole of 2nd grade; what to expect from a 2nd grader in terms of writing; how to draw the pictures and more.
The 12 heroes and saints included are:
- Genevieve of Paris
- Kun and Yu (China)
- Rabia of Basra
- Finn MacCool
- Judah Maccabee
- Elizabeth of the Roses
- Francis and Clare
- Nandanar (India)
- Basil (Russia)
- The Baal Shem Tov
There is a story for each character with suggested activities. Six sample main lesson book pages with pictures and suggested writing are also included, as well as guidance for how to create the main lesson book. Information on other saints and heroes, including book reviews and suggested reviews, is also provided.
Lastly, the book finishes with a discussion of other Language Arts blocks for 2nd grade and how one might create them. Though this book is aimed primarily for homeschoolers with 2nd graders, those with older children may also find it useful. The stories and activities in this book are also suitable for mixed age groups (aged 7 - 10 or thereabouts) and can be used by homeschool co-ops, Scouts and those involved with religious instruction of children.
View examples from various homeschoolers' Saints and Heroes main lessons.
Read Saints and Heroes Testimonials
Please note: this volume is a component of the Christopherus 2nd Grade Curriculum Package but also stands completely on its own for those not using the full curriculum.