Christopherus Curriculum Guides

The Christopherus Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers

Donna Simmons

Spiral Bound, 239 pages

$56.00

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As would be expected from her previous publications, Donna Simmons has given us a masterful presentation of Waldorf Education as a living approach toward the development of capable, healthy human beings. More than this, she has placed it in the context of homeschooling, then gone further to paint beautifully detailed pictures of what each subject can be within such a setting.

The Christopherus Waldorf Curriculum Overview fills a need that has been palpable in my experience--and it fills it to overflowing. Simmons' deep understanding of Steiner's pedagogy, her experience inside Waldorf schools as both student and teacher, and her abilities as a writer have combined to give homeschool teachers a vision of this education that meets the modern world--and carries Steiner's intent forward with joy and purpose.

I should also add that I believe that teachers within Waldorf schools could also benefit enormously from this Curriculum Overview. Simmons' approach, by not predicating the delivery of the education on a formal school setting, serves to focus on the goals, the intent, the wide-ranging possibilities of Steiner's pedagogy. I find it to be like a brisk fall breeze coming on the heels of a sultry summer: blowing change, waking us up, showing us the remarkable harvest that lies ahead.

Contents:

Part One

  • Chapter 1: Waldorf Education and Homeschooling
  • Chapter 2: A Visit to a Waldorf School
  • Chapter 3: The Waldorf Home
  • Chapter 4: Homeschooling with Waldorf

Part Two

  • Chapter 5: Grade by Grade
  • Chapter 6: Topic by Topic
    • Language Arts
    • Handwork, Crafts and Gardening
    • Foreign Language
    • Math
    • Music
    • History (including Fairy Tales, Legends & Myths)
    • Art - Drawing, Painting and Modeling
    • Geography
    • Form Drawing
    • Science
    • Movement, Games and Sports
  • Chapter 7: Home is Not School
  • Chapter 8: Nuts and Bolts
  • Chapter 9: Questions and Answers
  • Chapter 10: A Peek at the Future: High School

Part Three

  • Chapter 7: Home is Not School
  • Chapter 8: Nuts and Bolts
  • Chapter 9: Questions and Answers
  • Chapter 10: A Peek at the Future: High School

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Kindergarten with Your Three to Six Year Old

Christopherus Homeschool Resources Practical Waldorf at Home

Donna Simmons

Spiral Bound

$34.00

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Donna Simmons has done it again! This time she has produced a comprehensive, life-filled overview of the nature of the Waldorf Kindergarten, most especially, what it might look like in a home setting. Her background information sings with love and understanding of the young child; her explanations and examples are family-centered, warm and inspiring.

If you've been looking for a resource that would take you inside a Waldorf kindergarten and show you how to give these gifts to your young child(ren) at home, this is it. Thank you, again, Donna!

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The Kindergarten Child
  • Family Life
  • A Typical Day
  • Elements of the Day
  • How to Do It
  • Other People
  • The Six Year Old
  • Questions and Answers
  • For You to Use

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Form Drawing for Beginners

written and illustrated by Donna Simmons

Christopherus Homeschool Resources

Spiral Bound

$25.00

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I had intended to quickly review this amazing introduction to form drawing -- to capture it's contents and let you know what you could find in it. You know, the usual. And I will still do that, but first I want to share with you what I found that completely redirected my original intention.

I fully expected Donna's presentation to be what all her work has been: thorough, to-the-point, completely explained, intensely engaging. It is all that, but it is something much more, also. What I discovered when I opened the book was that Donna has explained in the warmest, friendliest and (as though as an added bonus) most concise way I've encountered just WHY form drawing is so important for our children, and for us. Her explanation is so simple, yet goes straight to the heart of not just form drawing, but the purpose of Waldorf education and of life itself. In two pages she allows us to step with her into a way of looking at life that is rich and vast with possibilities for growth. I've seen nothing in writing that is more alive than Donna Simmons' short introduction to form drawing -- it just doesn't get better than this.

And the content -- the perfect beginning! After addressing FAQs such as "Do I always have to tell a story?" and "How do I know when to move on to the next form?", Donna offers a check list of things to remember about form drawing, how to help yourself and your child, etc.

Finally, the remainder of the book is devoted to sequential forms for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade and covers all the basics from Curves and Straight Lines to Crossing the Midline and Advanced Forms.

If you are using Form Drawing for Beginners as part of a first grade Christopherus Curriculum, you might also enjoy:

From Nature Stories to Natural Science

A Holistic Approach to Science for Families

Donna Simmons

Christopherus Homeschool Resources

Spiral Bound

Expanded 2nd Edition!

$40.00

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Here's the science curriculum guide we've been hoping for - a beautiful and specific presentation of the Waldorf approach to science from Kindergarten through 8th Grade! From Nature Stories to Natural Science is written especially for homeschoolers, but the wealth of suggestions and resources makes it golden for classroom teachers as well.

In it you will find:

  1. an essay on homeschooling and Waldorf Education
  2. a discussion of Goethe's Way of Science
  3. a really good article on Science in the Waldorf Curriculum
  4. suggestions for setting up for science lessons
  5. how your garden plays a primary role
  6. class-by-class curriculum overviews, suggestions, resources
  7. an afterword

If you are teaching early childhood, primary or secondary students, you will love this book!

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The Breman Town Musicians

A Short Play for Homeschoolers

Adapted by Donna Simmons

Softbound

$7.50

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Donna Simmons as adapted this favorite Grimm's tale into a charming play for 8 or more players, each with a markedly different character, making it an excellent choice within the context of Waldorf education. There's a part for everyone in this little gem, from the most tidy and organized to most unkempt and boisterous (and all the places in between).

In addition to the script, Donna has included

  • an excellent essay on the nature of drama and its use in Waldorf and home education,
  • a list of characters with costuming suggestions,
  • props and scenery descriptions
  • and even staging suggestions and tips for the director.

With Donna's play in hand, everyone will enjoy the performance!

The Magic of Patience - A Jataka Tale

A Short Play Using the Four Temperaments

Adapted by Donna Simmons

Christopherus Homeschool Resources

Softbound Booklet

$6.00

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Donna Simmons has crafted a beautiful play that can be used with equal success in classroom or homeschool. It calls for characters who can be of different ages and differently levels of participation. And best, it is an engaging story, one which dramatizes well at levels ranging from mixed classroom presentation to sophisticated professional performances.

Donna's inspiration to transform this beloved Jataka Tale (Jataka tales are stories of Buddha's previous incarnations) into a play when she realized that the principle characters were outstanding presentations of the qualities of the four temperaments.

With very simple props, a few children and a bit of joy this lovely play can come to life for you and the children you teach.

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

An Easter Play for Homeschoolers

Adapted by Donna Simmons

 

$7.50

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Donna's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's story of rebirth and redemption gives us a quiet, beautiful moment of the heart. The simple story can be played with different aged children, with the simplicity of the story transforming the uncomplicated set and dialogue into a vividly imagined feast about love and renewal. Truly a gem!