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The effort to complement students' natural abilities begins at an early age and continues throughout their time at a Waldorf school. It is encouraged by the curriculum and supported by the fundamental understanding that a child's strength should not become their weakness because of one-sided development.

—Jack Petrach
Understanding Waldorf Education

Grade 2

Waldorf School of Orange County - Where Education Come Alive

Developmental Profile of a Grade 2 Child*

Waldorf School of Orange County - Where Education Come AliveThe eight year old child continues to reside in a largely self-created psychological landscape. The events and experiences of the outside world are filtered through the child's imagination and rearranged to accord with the child's homogenous world-picture.

Cognitively, the child continues to be at home in an environment where content is presented in a richly pictorial way. Concepts are best understood when they are mobile and organic in quality.

Educational Experience

This year, children continue to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of arithmetic and literacy, further developing a repertoire of skills that were initially introduced in grade 1. The curriculum content for this age serves to cultivate a sense of breadth and richness of the language of the feelings and emotions. Teachers continue to use movement, rhythm and rhyme as a key instructional tool.


Grade 2 Core Subjects

  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Introduction to the elements of grammar
  • Arithmetic: all four processes
  • Fables and legends (retold and dramatized, leading to composition in the own child's words)
  • Form Drawing
  • Arts

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* Reference: The Educational Tasks and Content of the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum,
 Edited by Martyn Rawson and Tobias Ritcher

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