Teaching Waldorf Mathematics in Grades 1-8


Engaging the maths genius in every child. The techniques and exercises in the book have been tried and tested for over a century by Waldorf teachers around the world. Now home educators, as well as teachers, can teach math with imagination and confidence, laying the foundations for life. 

Ron Jarman believes there is a math genius in every child and adult. He shows how children can easily grasp math principles without the drudgery of endless worksheets. Uniquely, Ron draws on Pythagoras, the ancient Greeks, and Rudolf Steiner for re-imagining the vital importance of mathematical learning for human growth. 

The first chapters cover the Waldorf Mathematics Curriculum, the relationship between mathematics, personal development and education, and the question, what engages children at different stages of development? The book then lays out the math learning journey from Grades 1 to 8, with tips, worked examples, exercises, questions and diagrams.


  • Mathematics and Education
  • What Stimulates the Child?
  • Examples for Children’s Arithmetic in Classes 1 to 3 (6 to 9 years)
  • The Heart of Childhood: child development, arithmetic and geometry
  • Examples for Classes 4 and 5 (9-11)
  • Grade 6 Math (11-12)
  • Arithmetic and Algebra in Grades 7 and 8, (12-14 years)
  • Geometry in Grades 7 and 8
  • Statistics and Graphs
  • Summary of a Waldorf Mathematics Curriculum

Second edition, back by popular demand. 

Soft cover; 272 pages 

9 x 6 inches

Author: Ron Jarman