I have decided I am going to work my way through the Waldorf Math curriculum by myself. I will be doing activities starting with First Grade and moving through the curriculum at a speed that works for me
The first block in a Waldorf math curriculum is a Quality of Numbers block. In this block a teacher would guide students through the exploration of "one-ness", "two-ness" and the qualities of numbers up to 7, 10 or 12. Students look for examples in their lives of things that come in that number and cosmic "meanings" of those numbers are brought to the student in an age appropriate manner. I chose to explore 0 through 10 and create a Main Lesson Book page for each number.
Starting with zero is not something I've seen in curriculums for 1st grade but it seemed appropriate for me. I would be interested in hearing the anthroposophic thoughts on bringing zero to 7 year olds. I meditated on zero, one and two while walking in Forest Park on Saturday and the image that came to mind for zero was a snag with a woodpecker hole in it. I also drew on my past readings of the Tao Te Ching with it's imagry of an empty bowl and the center of a wheel (the empty spaces that make them useful), but the image of the dead tree with the woodpecker hole kept coming back to me. Not only is it Not a Tree, it is Not Even Not a Tree - it is a hole in the hole where a tree used to be. I also found some interesting poems on zero, all with a rather somber tone - "The mere presence of zero is a threat, anything can occur zero times."