So far he's loving Waldorf-inspired Math

Toyfairlogo_2Stephen: Mom, what are we going to do today?

Me: Well, this morning we're going to make math gnomes.

Stephen: Math gnomes? What do math gnomes do?

Me: Oh, after we make them, they'll add, subtract, multiply and divide.

Stephen: Cool! Spend one morning making gnomes and they do our math for us! Gotta love those little dudes.


Our gnomes are on the lefthand sidebar. I'll add  pages to the album as we play with numbers this year. Right now, I'm off to read Oak Meadow 1 and Christopherus First Grade Syllabus for inspiration so that I can figure out for myself a really good number gnomes story.

Be sure to visit the Jacobite Rose for the Toymaking Fair.

While I appreciate the beauty, the materials and some of the methods of Waldorf education, I am not a follower of Rudolf Steiner, his educational philosophy, or his religion. I am a practicing Catholic who is very clear in teaching the faith to her children. Please see this post for any further explanation of incorporating methods or materials that might also appear in Waldorf schools into your home. Take inspiration from what is good and what in in harmony with the true faith and leave the rest. If you can't discern, then leave it all alone.