Christopherus Homeschool Resources
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Donna Simmons' curriculum materials are so clear and accessible.

I often recommend them, both as a starting point for new parents who are just beginning to study Waldorf Ed., and to more seasoned homeschoolers looking for curriculum ideas. Donna's words are like an offer of a reassuring hand, to make me feel: 'I can do it' and to help me relax and know that my instincts are right.

She deeply understands developmental readiness, and her encouraging words have often helped me to observe my child with a fresh perspective, and to relax, knowing that I don't need to push the learning process ... Having Donna's books to refer to is like having a wry and witty best friend, just an arm's length away, ready to share her wisdom and encouragement.

Thea Bodger,
homeschooler and Waldorf early years teacher

We received our books this morning. They are absolutely fantastic.

We feel blessed to have come across your website under Waldorf homeschooling. Have always wanted to incorporate Steiner into our lives, but had no access to the school itself and found some Steiner books over my head/ hard to read. Everything in the books I have skimmed through rings so true and feels so right. They incorporate humor and give me all the ideas and info that I have been seeking in this technocratic world! Thank you so very much for these books.

Anneke and Craig

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your work.

I'm finding the whole homeschool thing very challenging, and one downfall of all this waldorf stuff for me is that I now have such high standards of how I want things to be. When things get hard, and I yell at the children, act like a child myself and totally lose it,(which is daily) I come back to your books, your audios and this forum [Waldorf at Home]. And now, as I read the books, I can sort of hear your voice and your intonations. I really like your sense of humour, and combination of common sense and yet strong opinions. Anyway, I just wanted you to know. Thank you.


Thank you SO much for your follow-up!

I did receive both the order and the audio download. I was so impressed with each and every item that I ordered and am anxious to listen to the audio download. In fact, I am going to use the Christopherus Curriculum with my daughter! What I have read, so far, answers a multitude of questions and fills so many gaps that I am experiencing with [another homeschool] curriculum.

Many, many thanks for providing such creative, thoughtful, fulfilling and practical ways to connect and teach my daughter! These resources truly exceed my expectations! (I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the schedule provided with each block, as well as the blocks, themselves.) THANK YOU!

Jennifer Moore

You make homeschooling do-able.

Reflecting back on all the wonderful Christopherus works that I own, Joyful Movement, the overview, the nature book, form drawing, the Kindergarten book, the drawing book, several of your second grade materials (animal legends and the math book), and now Living Language, I just wanted to send another big thank you to Donna and the entire Christopherus gang.

Two years ago we started our homeschooling journey with Enki and I was overwhelmed! I loved the story materials, but the guidance was very lacking. Without Donna's materials I would have never figured out how to use the wonderful Enki stories. (and I'm a self-educated, intelligent gal! I just didn't have the time to wade through all those binders and binders of resources and read through the vast amount of theory. And I lacked the teaching experience to be able to turn all that theory into something useable and do-able).

I find Donna's take on Waldorf, homeschooling, and unschooling echoes my own very closely, and so I find comfort in her practical, down-to-earth guidance. She has helped me to be able to navigate our own course on our homeschooling journey. I just want to make sure she knows how much I appreciate these materials, and the heart and soul that she and her entire family have poured into them. Thank you so very much.

Ohio, USA

I just placed an order.

I was trying to get along without ordering Saints and Heroes and 2nd Grade Mathematics, using the many other resources that I have, but I was realizing that I was missing your voice, conciseness and direction. I constantly struggle with the balance of unschooling and getting in the Waldorf framework. Your books make me feel like I can check off certain Waldorf principles balancing it with our natural family rhythms and my interests.


I found Christopherus a couple of weeks ago and it has been such a blessing.

I think I read nearly every word on your website in the first few days! I've listened to several of your audio downloads. Your voice is so calming and reassuring, to say nothing of the helpful content.

All I can say is that I feel inspired and empowered, in a word, nurtured, in my role as a mother and as a woman. I felt myself exhale. I hadn't realized I was holding my breath! It was like 'oh my god, somebody out there gets me. Somebody out there knows what I'm trying to do better than I do and she's done it, AND she's willing to share her insight and wisdom!'

Thank you! Thank you!
Most sincerely,


I can't tell you what your work has meant in my life, and I can't imagine my life without the many gifts of Christopherus.

The Overview, especially, has been my guide since the day I first held it in my hands, and although we drift off to this and that, it's the backbone of what I do here at the Egan Family Homeschool. How can I ever thank you?

I listened to the therapeutic talk yesterday and it was so interesting, and then, at the end, you said a sentence that knocked me off my feet and made me remember why I chose Waldorf and why it's healing "powers" are so important in this day and age. My youngest daughter is "gifted" (whatever that means) and is nowhere near appropriately incarnated into her body. That's what happens when you let in-laws and "experts" and fear lead you astray from what you know is truth. Thank goodness for your voice of reason Donna. You help me in more ways than I can ever express.

And as to the Overview, when I'm feeling a little overwhelmed I often just flop it open and pick a phrase or sentence that will inspire me in that moment. This trick has *never* failed me. Never.

As you know, I love to buy your books - for myself, as gifts, and for any reason I can think of! I will continue to support Christopherus this way as long as I can. I couldn't do it without you.


I'm absolutely thrilled with the books that I've purchased from you!

We are into our Language Arts block, and Madison, my six year old, is loving every minute of the Prince's adventure with the Wise Woman. I am too. This is the most creative and fun way to learn! Maddie asked me today on her way down the hall......."Mom how does a "j" go again?"......and then before she turned the the most satisfied voice she said, " never mind, I know, the jester."

My husband is in school full time right now, and very busy with his studies. Maddie can't wait to show him, when he comes home, her latest pictures in her main lesson book. She's so proud of what she's learned and of her artwork.

It feels so rewarding to watch her shine like this. As I've shared with you before, we are new to the Waldorf approach, and I am continually grateful that we've found it, and you. What a difference your books have brought to our home. We love circle time so much more now that we've been using the Joyful Movement book. My two year old son and four year old daughter join in singing and clapping.
Many, many thanks for all your hard work!

Mary G.

Siblings, Schedules & Outside Commitments: How to Actually Homeschool! Transitioning to Waldorf 1

2010 Conference: A group conversation led by Donna with a number of mothers.
12 points to help gently bring elements of Waldorf into your family life and home.
Third Grade Package Waldorf Co-ops and Thinking About Starting a School
A fully integrated year with a hands-on and practical orientation. 3rd Grade Syllabus; Old Testament Stories Manual and Storybook. Why Waldorf? What do you want to bring from Waldorf education to your group?
Play Fifth Grade Mathematics Bundle (non metric)
Why play is integral to a child's health and how it is vital to the foundation of intellectual growth. Everything you need for 5th grade arithmetic: Christopherus' guide plus 6 'Key To' workbooks. Our guide is 27 pages; 8 tear-out worksheets, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
Uprightness, Weight, and Balance Human Biology in Grade Eight (Manfred von Mackensen) The Importance of Sleep
An impressive series of lessons by a master Waldorf science teacher.
89 pages, paperback
Tips, ideas and advice on how to get your child to go to sleep easily at an early hour  and why this is so vital for her health and wellbeing.
Why Waldorf? Why Homeschool? Old Testament Stories - Manual and Storybook
For anyone new to Waldorf or new to homeschooling or who needs a pep talk. Our retelling of key stories from the Old Testament, from the Creation to the death of Moses. 2-volume set.
Vol 1: 5½" x 8½", soft bound;
Vol 2: 24 8½ x11 sheets, clear folder
Compass Drawings - Constructing designs using a compass and ruler (Harst and Wiederhold) Muscles and Bones (Charles Kovacs)
Step by step instructions for creating more than 30 geometric drawings.
80 pages, paperback
A dynamic introduction to a deep appreciation of the human body - and not just muscles and bones!
199 pages, paperback
The Magic of Patience - A Jataka Tale The Journey Begins At Home: A Waldorf Early Years Guide
A very short play with 4 parts - for elementary school-age children. With an introduction to the pedagogical use of the four temperaments.
12 pages, 8½x11 folded & stapled
A warmth-filled guide to early years parenting.
400 pages, PDF download ebook
Joyful Movement - A Resource for Nurturing Balance, Movement and the Senses Seventh Grade Rough Guide
A treasure trove of ideas, activities, songs & movement games.
100+ pages, 8½ x11, spiral bound
Our FREE Rough Guide to Seventh Grade will help you schedule, plan and teach 7th grade at home.
23 pages, PDF download
The Bremen Town Musicians - A Short Play for Homeschoolers Comedy and Tragedy
A short play adapted from the Grimms fairy tale with notes on the Waldorf approach to drama.
19 pages, 8½x11 folded & stapled
Notes with information, resources, ideas and plans to help put together a drama main lesson (taught in Waldorf schools in the 9th grade).
23 pages, 8½ x11, stapled
Third Grade Audio Children and Manners - Coming into the Social Realm
The Nine Year Change and how this stage of development is met by the Waldorf curriculum. How do we help our children be wonderful to be around in the home and out?
Sixth Grade Audio Fourth Grade Package
Parenting and teaching the 12 year-old child. A full year of challenging, inspiring and nurturing lessons for 4th grade at  home, packed with full color illustrations. 4th Grade Syllabus; 4th Grade Mathematics;  The Human Being and the Animal World; D'Aulaire's Norse Myths; Earth, Water, Fire and Air
Unschooling and Waldorf From Nature Stories to Natural Science - A Holistic Approach to Science for Families
An in-depth discussion on how unschooling and Waldorf views on the child and learning differ and implications for how we parent and teach our children at home. A practical guide to the Waldorf approach to science for homeschoolers - covers kindergarten through 8th grade.
150 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
String, Straightedge, & Shadow - The Story of Geometry (Julia Diggins) Mathematics in Nature, Space and Time
A colorful narrative that brings geometry to life for 5th & 6th grade.
155 pages, paperback, fully illustrated
Step-by-step lessons for 7th and 8th grade math.
126 pages, paperback
Form Drawing for Beginners Kindergarten at Home
Fully-illustrated step-by-step instructions for beginning form drawing.
41 pages, 8½x11, spiral bound
A picture of the Waldorf kindergarten and what we can do at home.
Writing for 100 Days - A Student-Centered Approach to Composition and Creative Writing (Gabriel Arquilevich) Simplicity Parenting
A user friendly guide to good writing for young teens.
103 pages, paperback
Using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier, and more secure kids.
235 pages, paperback
The Selfish Giant - An Easter Play for Homeschoolers From Myth to History: The Changing Consciousness of the Human Being
A short play adapted from the wonderful short story by Oscar Wilde with notes on how to create the right mood for such a play and music suggestions.
20 pages, 8½x11 folded & stapled

FREE 2010 Conference talk to help understand the foundations of Waldorf education.
Demeter and Persephone Biographies for 8th Grade History (Susan Cook)
A short play for older children based on the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, including a choral recitation.
11 pages, 8½x11 folded & stapled
20 important figures from the 18th - 20th centuries are brought to life.
166 pages, paperback
Roman History Ancient Greece (Charles Kovacs)
Material for you to use to put together a study of Roman history for sixth grade. Includes 5 full-page illustrations.
43 pages, 8½ x11, spiral bound
The stories of Greek gods and heroes, as well as the beginnings of Greek history.
174 pages, softcover
Rama and Sita - A play based on the Ramayana D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
Longer than our other plays, this 5-8 part play is suitable for children of age 10 and up. It is part of our Ancient Mythology bundle.
24 pages, 8½x11 folded & stapled
The exciting stories of Greek gods and heroes, lavishly illustrated in the D'Aulaires' distinctive style.
192 pages, softcover, fully illustrated
Ancient Mythology Bundle Fourth Grade Audio
Everything you need to put together a 6-week main lesson. Ancient Mythology; Rama & Sita; Gilgamesh the Hero; Tales of Ancient Egypt; Voices of Ancient Egypt The Waldorf curriculum for fourth grade and how one can work with this from home.
The Art and Science of Teaching Composition (Dorit Winter) Waldorf High School at Home
A thoughtful guide to teaching writing in 7th grade and beyond.
50 pages, paperback
Donna shares her experience teaching in a Waldorf-inspired high school and helps parents think through how they can homeschool high school.
Drawing with your Four to Eleven Year Old Fifth Grade Package
A basic guide to Waldorf methods of drawing - includes 7 full color pages.
37 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
A full year of stimulating, challenging and beautiful lessons for 5th grade at home. 5th Grade Syllabus; 5th Grade Mathematics; Ancient Mythology bundle; Botany bundle; String, Straightedge, & Shadow; D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths; Ancient Greece (Kovacs); Demeter and Persephone
The Four Temperaments Learning About the World Through Modeling (Arthur Auer)
2010 Conference: The temperaments in the classroom and at home. An unbelievably rich resource for first grade through high school: highly recommended.
230 pages, fully illustrated
Educating the Human Being for the Future Kindergarten with your Three to Six Year Old

2010 Conference: The Eightfold Path; the task of the parent-educator; more...
Practical inspiration for kindergarten at home.
100 pages, 8½ x11, spiral bound
Waldorf as Therapeutic Education The Human Being and the Animal World (Two 4th Grade Main Lessons)
FREE Talk on Waldorf as a form of truly therapeutic education. In-depth guidance and lesson plans to put together 2 Man and Animal main lessons.
57 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths The Changing Face of Discipline  (toddler to 9 years old)
The exuberant stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses come to life in this classic rendition. Unforgettably and distinctly illustrated. Our Norse Myths main lesson is based on this book.
154 pages, full color, hardback
How we need to change and meet our child's needs for discipline from ages three to nine.
Goethean Science Sixth Grade Roman History Bundle
2010 Conference: What is Goethean science and why is it so important? Christopherus' Roman History book in a revised 2nd edition and Charles Kovacs' Ancient Rome.
Talking Pictorially and Living Actively with your Young Child Painting in Waldorf Education (Bruin and Lichthart)
Waldorf says not to be intellectual with young children - so how do we do this? A detailed look at painting and drawing in the Waldorf curriculum. Includes a CD with 70 images.
215 pages, paperback
The Pre-K Child at Home Animal Legends (2nd Grade Language Arts Block)
A picture of the young child in terms of the Waldorf understanding of this vital stage. Everything you need to put together an Animal Legends main lesson. Includes full color pictures.
40 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
Fourth Grade Mathematics Bundle (non metric) Sixth Grade Rough Guide
A complete math curriculum for 4th grade: Christopherus' guide plus 4 'Key To' workbooks. Our guide is 67 pages; 45 tear-out worksheets, 8½ x 11, spiral bound Our FREE Rough Guide to Sixth Grade will help you schedule, plan and teach 6th grade at home.
38 pages, PDF download
Seventh/Eighth Grade Audio The King of Ireland's Son
A talk spanning both seventh and eighth grades. Companion text for a 2nd grade main lesson block.
320 pages, 5.3 x 7.9, soft bound
Early Years Package Saints and Heroes (2nd Grade Language Arts Block)
Our Early Years Package includes Kindergarten with Your 3 to 6 Year Old; Joyful Movement; The Journey Begins at Home: A Waldorf Early Years Guide; and your choice of two audio downloads, all by Donna Simmons. Everything you need to put together a Saints and Heroes main lesson.
50 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral-bound
Second Grade Audio First Grade Package
A detailed overview of the curriculum for 2nd grade. A rich and nurturing first year of formal education! First Grade Syllabus; Joyful Movement; Form Drawing for Beginners; Learning About the World Through Modeling
Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers Fifth Grade Audio
The essential guide to Waldorf-inspired homeschooling!
240 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
The harmony and balance expressed by the fifth grade curriculum.
Second Grade Mathematics Mathematics Lessons for Sixth Grade (Ernst Schuberth)
A full year of main lesson, practice lesson and Circle Time math for 2nd grade. Includes painting lessons and full color pictures.
60 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
An essential guide to 6th grade math which is focused on business math.
155 pages, paperback
Second Grade Package Painting with Children (Brünhild Muller)
An inspiring, doable and flexible year of lessons and practical work! 2nd Grade Syllabus; 2nd Grade Mathematics; Saints & Heroes; Animal Legends This book is a lovely introduction for people new to Waldorf wet-on-wet watercolor painting.
48 pages, full color, paperback
Medieval History First Grade Audio
Everything you need to put together a study of Medieval history for 6th or 7th grade students.
36 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
Getting ready for First Grade? Want to know what lies ahead for your younger child?
2010 Conference Talks Package The Age of Revolution (Charles Kovacs)
Four 2010 Conference talks for the price of three. The story of European history from the Restoration into the Twentieth Century.
238 pages, paperback
The Age of Discovery (Charles Kovacs) Safe & Simple Electrical Experiments (Rudolf F. Graf)
A lively collection of stories and adventure from the fall of the Roman Empire through Elizabethan England.
220 pages, paperback
A terrific collection of basic experiments in magnetism and electricity for 7th or 8th grade.
117 pages, paperback
Earth, Water, Fire and Air - Playful Explorations in the Four Elements (Walter Kraul) Eighth Grade Rough Guide
An invaluable resource for a hands-on exploration of the four elements in Nature. For 4th grade & 6th grade science.
116 pages, paperback
Our FREE Rough Guide to Eighth Grade will help you schedule, plan and teach 8th grade at home.
21 pages, PDF download
Fifth Grade Botany Bundle Living Language - A Language Arts Curriculum - Vol. 1, Grades 1-5
Christopherus' Botany book in a revised 2nd edition and Charles Kovacs' Botany. Essential for 5th grade botany. Books can also be purchased separately. A comprehensive and detailed curriculum for Grades 1-5. In-depth teaching advice, lesson plans and strategies for children of differing abilities in writing, reading, grammar, handwriting and spelling.
300 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
Geology and Astronomy (Kovacs)
Narratives by an experienced Waldorf teacher for a 6th grade geology main lesson and 7th grade astronomy main lesson.
176 pages, paperback


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