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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.

Carla
Australia

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!
Sincerely,

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.

Chris
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.

Ellen

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,

Areatha

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.

Penny

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 corner.....in the most satisfied voice she said, " never mind, I know, ....like 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.










BOOKSTORE > AUDIO DOWNLOADS
Free Talks 2010 Conference Talks Grade by Grade Various Subjects


We are pleased to present a series of informal and conversational 1 hour talks by Donna Simmons on a variety of topics (including 2 free full-length talks). The full list of current talks is below.

Each talk is approximately 1 hour long and for $14 you can download an MP3 file onto your computer and listen as many times as you like. Please respect our work by not sharing files with others - Christopherus is a small home-based business and is our only source of income.

Please note: you don't need an iPod or other MP3 player to listen to MP3 files. To our knowledge all the leading computer media software that comes free with just about every modern computer (like Windows Media Player or RealPlayer) can play MP3 files.

Please also note: In most instances, Donna recorded the grades talks several years before writing the corresponding curriculum. Therefore, some of what she says will not be completely in line with what she has written in terms of, for instance, sequence of main lessons or suggestions for blocks. The recordings are also created with the needs of "do it yourself" homeschoolers in mind and many DIY-ers have a looser relationship to the curriculum!Thank you! Enjoy!

Downloads are available as soon as checkout is complete. Click on the image or title below to read a detailed description and to checkout.

Please note that downloadable products cannot be returned and are not eligible for refund.


From Myth to History: The Changing Consciousness of the Human Being Waldorf as Therapeutic Education 2010 Conference Talks Package

FREE 2010 Conference talk to help understand the foundations of Waldorf education.
FREE Talk on Waldorf as a form of truly therapeutic education. Four 2010 Conference talks for the price of three.
Educating the Human Being for the Future Siblings, Schedules & Outside Commitments: How to Actually Homeschool! Goethean Science

2010 Conference: The Eightfold Path; the task of the parent-educator; more...

2010 Conference: A group conversation led by Donna with a number of mothers.
2010 Conference: What is Goethean science and why is it so important?
The Four Temperaments The Pre-K Child at Home Kindergarten at Home
2010 Conference: The temperaments in the classroom and at home. A picture of the young child in terms of the Waldorf understanding of this vital stage. A picture of the Waldorf kindergarten and what we can do at home.
First Grade Audio Second Grade Audio Third Grade Audio
Getting ready for First Grade? Want to know what lies ahead for your younger child? A detailed overview of the curriculum for 2nd grade. The Nine Year Change and how this stage of development is met by the Waldorf curriculum.
Fourth Grade Audio Fifth Grade Audio Sixth Grade Audio
The Waldorf curriculum for fourth grade and how one can work with this from home. The harmony and balance expressed by the fifth grade curriculum. Parenting and teaching the 12 year-old child.
Seventh/Eighth Grade Audio Waldorf High School at Home The Changing Face of Discipline  (toddler to 9 years old)
A talk spanning both seventh and eighth grades. Donna shares her experience teaching in a Waldorf-inspired high school and helps parents think through how they can homeschool high school. How we need to change and meet our child's needs for discipline from ages three to nine.
Talking Pictorially and Living Actively with your Young Child Waldorf Co-ops and Thinking About Starting a School Unschooling and Waldorf
Waldorf says not to be intellectual with young children - so how do we do this? Why Waldorf? What do you want to bring from Waldorf education to your group? 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.
The Importance of Sleep Why Waldorf? Why Homeschool? Children and Manners - Coming into the Social Realm
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. For anyone new to Waldorf or new to homeschooling or who needs a pep talk. How do we help our children be wonderful to be around in the home and out?
Play Transitioning to Waldorf 1
Play
$14.00
Why play is integral to a child's health and how it is vital to the foundation of intellectual growth. 12 points to help gently bring elements of Waldorf into your family life and home.
 


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