Waldorf Math Gnomes

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Jan, 16, 2019

Waldorf Math Gnomes

I wrote a whole little story for them (no surprise there!) and put on a special puppet play to launch this math block. It was such fun and the children enjoyed it so much, there may be more puppet plays on the horizon for grade 1. I am creating an iBook with the full story, illustrations, and songs for you at this very moment. It will be out by mid-July 2020. 

Four Processes Gnome Story One – The King and The Gnome Brothers

By April Combs Mann, aka April Eight © 2019

Once there was a kingdom – happy and abundant – with a kind king who was always fair and wise. Wheat grew tall in the fields, vegetables were harvested from gardens each day, bread was always baking in the ovens, and everywhere anyone might go, it was easy to find the folks of the towns and villages and cities talking and laughing with their neighbors and friends. All was well.

Until, one day…  

  • ibook coming soon! If you’d like to be notified when it is available, please let me know below.

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    Mariachiara Stasi

    January 26, 2020

    What a lovely story! I teach to a first class in a waldorf school in Italy, and I’m so grateful to have found this amazing story to introduce the four processes.
    I will tell it tomorrow!
    In fact, I’m writing to you to kindly ask you the continuation of it…
    I’d love to read the end of this magnificent tale! And to tell it to my children!
    Would it be possible?
    Thank you in advance and congratulations on your job


    • Reply


      March 14, 2020

      Grazie Mille, Mariachiara. I’m so glad it was useful for you! I kind of like leaving the mystery of what might have happened next out there for my students. But, I will think about how I could expand upon it though. I’ll ask my imagination what else there might be for me to tell.

      The beggar’s disguise is a bit of Odin’s story thrown into First Grade. It’s such good fun to leave a trail, and I think it is one of the major benefits of teaching through the grades.

      Thank you for writing. I love to hear from you! Take care. xo April

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    May 31, 2020

    Wanted to say thanks for making gnomes of various skin colours. So often the default is pale wood, and nobody thinks to add that diversity we know is so important! #blackgnomesmatter! 🙂

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      May 31, 2020

      #blackgnomesmatter I felt like it really did matter. It seemed important to me that they be diverse as I had diversity in my classroom and the world is diverse. What I loved about the children in my class – they never questioned for a moment that the gnomes were of different colors even though I positioned the four processes as siblings.

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