Waldorf math curriculum follows developmental stages for learning. The elementary grades are a time for students to play with numbers and develop a love of math. In 5th and 6th grades, students put to use the skills introduced earlier through fractions and long multiplication. In grades 7th and 8th the algebraic “real math” begins as students learn to think more abstractly—middle schooler’s thinking explodes as they learn to think more logically and critically, and engage deeply in problem solving.
For more information about the Waldorf approach to math and the way our brains process math check out the links below:
Why is Waldorf Math Education Unique and Powerful?, Waldorf School of Maraine
Jamie York's Core Principles for Teaching Math, World of Mathematics
Believe in Your Maths Potential – Set Yourself Free, Jo Boaler, TEDxOxford