The main theme for second grade is “one foot still on the rainbow bridge”. The 8 year old child is definitely coming to earth, but a part of her, if allowed to develop at her own pace and not rushed by our hectic lives, is still very dreamy and very connected to the spiritual worlds from whence she came. Speaking to this potential tension between the earthly and the heavenly, the second grade curriculum is focused largely on the pull between the dark and light sides of human nature. Trickster tales, for instance, though humorous, are about the potential to do evil, whereas the stories of saints and heroes speak to the highest aspirations of the human being. The 8 year old child, whilst delighting in the adventures of Bre’er Rabbit and Anansi, is also deeply nurtured by the lives of great saints and heroes. Such soul-enriching lessons are further extended by practical work in the garden and kitchen; by the in- and out-breath of music and movement; and by imaginative work in mathematics. As in first grade, we base our weekly schedule on a 4 day week. The weeks add up to a 33 week year – this gives lots of time for holiday preparation, camping trips and other things which could be seen to destroy a too tight schedule. We invite all people wishing to work with the Christopherus Curriculum to consider purchasing either or both our Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers and From Nature Stories to Natural Science. These books will considerably broaden and enrich the homeschool parent’s way of bringing Waldorf to her homeschool. Continue reading about the Second Grade Curriculum.
I was trying to get along without ordering Saints and Heroes and 2nd Grade Mathematics, using the many other resources that I have, but I was realizing that I was missing your voice, conciseness and direction. I constantly struggle with the balance of unschooling and getting in the Waldorf framework. Your books make me feel like I can check off certain Waldorf principles balancing it with our natural family rhythms and my interests.