Source Book for Grades 1-5 Math: Making Math Meaningful Series
This core lower school curriculum guide in the Making Math Meaningful curriculum series by Jamie York provides a method of teaching that is developmentally appropriate in accordance with Waldorf educational philosophy, helping to develop the whole human being. It has the same meticulous detail as the popular Making Math Meaningful middle school math series. The major themes addressed in the lower grades’ book are: the principles of Waldorf education, working with “struggling” students, will our children be prepared? golden rules for teaching math, topics in the math classroom, ideas for manipulatives, movement, main lesson books, etc. Books for all grades in the Making Math Meaningful series, including the student and teacher workbooks for the middle school years, have a direct and logical approach toward the teaching of mathematics.
What makes this Waldorf math book different from other math books for Waldorf teachers?
- Detailed curriculum guidelines for first through fifth grade.
- Overview of child development in each grade.
- Specific ideas for every math main lesson.
- Step-by-step progressions for learning the arithmetic facts, times table, basic
addition, and subtraction, long multiplication and long division, etc.
- General ideas and suggestions for teaching math successfully in the lower grades.
About the Author
Nettie Fabrie is a trained Waldorf teacher and remedial specialist from the Netherlands. From 1976 – 1993 she was a class teacher at the Brabant Waldorf School in Eindhoven. From 1995 – 1999 she taught history and art history in the high school. Nettie has mentored teachers in Holland, the Czech Republic and the US. She is on the core faculty of Sound Circle Center, co-directs the Grade School Teacher Training and SCC’s Mentorship Seminar, and is coordinator of the Remedial Program at Seattle Waldorf School.
Wim Gottenbos taught in Dutch public schools for 12 years before training and becoming a Waldorf teacher. Since then he has taken two classes 1st – 8th grade in Holland, and trained and worked as a Remedial Specialist and teacher mentor. He has carried many classes in all the lower school grades at the Seattle Waldorf School.
Jamie York’s search for meaningful education led him to Shining Mountain Waldorf School (in Boulder, Colorado), where he started teaching math in 1994. In addition to teaching middle and high school math, Jamie consults at Waldorf schools and teaches math workshops across North America. In the summer, he serves on the faculty at the Center of Anthroposophy (in Wilton, NH) as part of their Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program and adjunct professor of Antioch University, NH.