I recently recorded a podcast all about ordering supplies, but I finally placed my order for Waldorf first grade supplies this week, so I thought I would share everything that I ordered.
While most of my supplies were ordered from Mercurius, a lot of the materials can be found on Amazon. I’ve linked over to Amazon where possible. The links are Amazon affiliate links, so if you click over and order a few pennies land in my pocket (at no cost to you.) Thanks for supporting the blog and podcast!
So, with that out of the way, here’s my Waldorf first grade supplies list.
Mercurius main lesson books, 32X38 cm, without onion skin. I ordered 5 sets of books to keep us going all through the year.
Stockmar Crayons, 8 blocks, 8 sticks — I don’t imagine I will start out by giving the students their own crayon sets. I will probably keep all of the crayons in baskets sorted by color at first and we’ll hand them out when needed. Because we’re starting the year with a moveable classroom, the students won’t have their own desks for storage anyway.
Lyra Super Ferby Coloured Pencils in prussian blue, red, magenta and viridian. These are used for writing only, so they won’t need a full set yet. I prefer the unlacquered, but my colleague likes the lacquered ones for preventing confusion.
Dual Sharpener for Pencils — I ordered 6 that I will keep in my desk to sharpen pencils as needed.
Mercurius Blackboard Pastel Chalk — Though I’m a huge fan of Prang Ambrite chalk for general use, and Quartet Alpha Low Dust White Chalk, there are certain colors of Mercurius that are worth having. I bought individual color boxes that will last me for a few years.
Drawing paper — 32.5X44 cm, 500 sheets, medium heavy weight. We’ll see how far this gets us, but I expect that I’ll need to order more.
Fabriano Watercolour Paper, white 35×50, 20 50-sheet packages (I’ve linked to a Fabriano pad on Amazon. It looks similar to the paper I ordered on Mercurius.)– I splurged on painting paper. The younger the student, the more important quality paper becomes. Those little ones can really overwork the paper and make it pill if it isn’t good quality.
Stockmar Watercolor Paint in ultramarine, carmine red, prussian blue and lemon yellow — I happen to have a lot of paint leftover from my current class, but I figured I’ll need more of the basic colors.
Paint Jars without lids — I’m really excited to try this method. Paint will not be stored from week to week (they tend to muddy the colors anyway.) Instead I’ll keep jars of colors and refill each week as part of the painting set-up.
Wooden holders for 3 glass paint jars — I ordered one for every two students. I may order more, but I think it’s okay for them to share paints.
Stockmar Modeling Beeswax — I ordered lots of modeling beeswax and I’m so excited to do beeswax with my students! This is a subject that is totally new to me! I ordered a variety of colors, with a whole lot of extra natural and pink — I love those shades of the Stockmar beeswax.
Auris Pentatonic Glockenspiel — I had one of these when my kids were little but I passed it along. I’ll be glad to have it again!
After going through this process I am so excited to teach first grade! I’m already thinking about nature tables, gentle transition cues and fun little family stories!
Let me know if you’ve found this list helpful, or if there’s anything else you think I should add. Bear in mind I’m ordering for a very full class of nearly 30 students. Your quantities may vary.