Roadmap to Literacy – Waldorf language arts curriculum grades 1-3

The Roadmap to Literacy: A Guide to Teaching Language Arts in Waldorf Schools Grades 1 through 3 by Janet Langley and Jennifer Militzer-Kopperl provides clear guidance on teaching literacy in the early grades. It builds off the work of Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf education, by adding in material that is specific to the English language as well as modern research in literacy skills.

The Roadmap to Literacy presents the key phases students must master to become literate in English. It introduces these phases and provides the following:

  • The essential concepts and skills that students need to learn in each phase
  • An entire section on Phonics Rules
  • Key pitfalls to avoid
  • Ideas to introduce new concepts in an imaginative and lively way
  • Fun and effective practice activities to help students solidify skills
  • Comprehensive lesson planning
  • Easy ways to assess the program’s efficacy
  • How to handle common remedial issues

The Roadmap to Literacy provides educators and parents all the information necessary to teach their students the skills of reading, writing, grammar, and spelling so that they will be able to meet the demands of the upper grades—and beyond.  

Once students complete The Roadmap to Literacy, they are ready for the sequel: Continuing the Journey to Literacy: A Guide to Teaching Language Arts in Waldorf Schools Grades 4 through 8 by Jennifer Militzer-Kopperl. Together, these two books comprise a renewal of literacy. They bring Waldorf education into the twenty-first century and prepare Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents to teach an academically rigorous Waldorf curriculum, one that is in alignment with the spirit of Steiner’s indications and with the spirit of the English language.


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Meet the Authors

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