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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.











 

  Fifth Grade Botany Bundle
Fifth Grade Botany Bundle



 

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Two books that we consider essential for 5th grade botany:

Botany (2nd Edition) by Donna Simmons

Our fully-revised second edition gives you material to use to put together 4 Botany main lessons or a year's study of this subject. Includes 9 full-page color illustrations. This book provides all the guidance, lesson plans, activities, schedules and goals for your main lesson. It is lavishly illustrated with pictures from students’ Botany main lesson books to help you with your own drawings.

49 pages, 8½"x11", spiral-bound.

Q: Do I have to have a backyard to use this Unit Study?
Well, it would certainly help, both by making things easier and more meaningful if your child’s botany studies were based on the plants in his garden, but this is by no means crucial. I give many suggestions which city folks or suburbanites with limited greenery can use. A trip to the florist’s, a couple of window boxes, a terrarium, a visit to a botanical garden and trips to the park can all be used to create a very rich botany block.

Q: Is this book based on Northern plants and climates? I live in (the desert, on a mountain, by the beach, in Australia...)
Yes, it is, because that’s what I am familiar with and can therefore speak about with some authority. However, my main purpose in writing this study was to show people how they can design their own botany block based on their locality and, therefore, I believe this book will be of use to homeschoolers wherever they live. We live in Wisconsin, USA so we don’t have much seaweed at hand to study – but we can still talk about it and then focus more on the plants we do have! The same could be done by anyone, whether you’re surrounded by redwoods, palm trees, alpines or mangrove swamps.



Botany by Charles Kovacs

This lovely little book is an essential part of our 5th grade Botany main lessons. Written by a master Waldorf teacher, this gentle book covers all the various aspects of botany required by the curriculum. Also included is a short section on why botany is studied in 5th grade. It is necessary to also purchase Charles Kovacs’ Botany as he gives the in-depth narratives which form the substance of your work with your child. By reading his sections of flowering plants, or mushrooms, for instance, your child will receive the lesson material he would have gotten were he in a Waldorf school.

In our Botany curriculum we integrate chapters from this book, giving specific readings to correspond with your presentation of, for instance, trees, to your child. Thus, the book by Kovacs is not a nice extra but a necessary part of the Christopherus curriculum. You can either read from the book to your child or your child can read this herself.

Some of you might be familiar with Grohman’s book of 5th grade botany. We used to recommend his text, but since we revised our botany materials, we now use Kovacs, whose language and tone is better suited to modern children.

118 pages, paperback.

Together these 2 books, Charles Kovacs' Botany and our newly-revised Christopherus book, will provide the bulk of lesson material for 4 short Botany main lessons for 5th grade.

The Kovacs book provides the narrative, the descriptions of plant families and so on, just as Kovacs would have presented this material to his class of 5th graders.

Our volume provides the structure - the schedule, lesson plans, activities, and ideas for exactly what to do during the main lessons. Our book is also lavishly illustrated with examples of pictures your child can draw or paint.

Because of the way material from the Kovacs book comes into the lesson plans in the Christopherus book we recommend purchasing the bundle of both books. However, if you already possess one, they can be purchased separately.


Item# Item Name Our Price Qty Add
CHRB0011 Fifth Grade Botany Bundle
$34.00
XXX-B0011 Fifth Grade Botany Bundle Components - Order Individually Below:
$0.00
CHR0011-B0011 Botany (2nd Edition)
$19.00
OPSB013-B0011 Botany (Charles Kovacs)
$17.00
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