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.


  Fifth Grade Package
Fifth Grade Package


A full year of stimulating, challenging and beautiful lessons for 5th grade at home.

Fifth Grade Package includes:

Please note that the following book, which is available separately and as part of the First Grade Curriculum, remains an essential component of fifth grade:

The Christopherus Fifth Grade Curriculum

The curriculum for 5th grade is much broader and far deeper than in past years, reflecting the need for the 11 year old child to be challenged and stretched. Fifth grade marks a transition year between the relatively straightforward grades preceding and the more individualized and complex later grades.

History and science come to the fore now, and the child's newly emerging powers of logical thought are met with work in geometry. Language arts are more structured and greater consciousness is brought to the process of composition.

A hallmark of Waldorf education is that an artistic approach is taken to every lesson, whether one is observing a plant or learning about Alexander the Great. Additionally, a rich range of lessons in handwork, crafts, modeling, cooking and other lessons supports and strengthens the intellectual work.

Fourth Grade Components for Fifth Grade

As a service to those customers new to Christopherus, we will sell the following 3 sections of our 4th Grade Syllabus to those purchasing our 5th grade curriculum. Please note that these are not bound publications but the actual pages from the 4th grade syllabus ( three holed punched ) which can easily be inserted in the 5th grade syllabus:

  • Language Arts: 5th grade is entirely based upon what took place in 4th grade, including worksheets and specific grammar lessons.

  • Drawing and Painting: As 5th grade is beyond the scope of our drawing book, we offer these 4th grade lessons to help those of your struggling with drawing and painting. Please note that there are step-by-step lessons on how to draw maps which will help you for 5th grade as there are many maps to draw this year!

  • Handwork: If you are reasonably confident with knitting and sewing, 5th grade handwork should pose no problems. Others, though, might need to purchase the 4th grade handwork as the more basic knitting, sewing and quilting lessons are necessary for this year's work.

These sections of the 4th Grade Syllabus can be added to your package purchase in the order grid below. Again, this is a service extended solely to customers purchasing our 5th grade curriculum.
Here is an outline of our Fifth Grade Curriculum:

Main Lessons
  • Ancient Mythology: India, Persia, Babylon and Egypt. (see Ancient Mythology bundle)

  • Geography: This year we turn from our own country to our near neighbors. (Overview of the Christopherus geography curriculum)

  • Geometry: Our lessons progress from form drawing to freehand geometry. The lawfulness of geometric forms is a key theme this year.

  • Math: (see 5th Grade Mathematics)

  • Ancient Greece: From Greek mythology to the glories of Sparta and Athens and the life of Alexander the Great.

  • Ancient China: Unique to Christopherus, this main lesson covers the mythology, history and culture of Ancient China.

  • Botany: (see Botany bundle)
Subject Lessons: We also provide a full range of subject and practice lessons.
  • Language Arts: A challenging and exciting year's worth of lessons in composition, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, dictation; books to read; how to teach; and much more. Includes worksheets

  • Math: (see 5th Grade Mathematics)

  • Handwork and Crafts: Lisa Marshall, creator of our beautiful 4th grade handwork curriculum, has done it again! 5th grade handwork includes knitting socks, embroidery, quilting and batik. Lisa has also created a series of geometric paper stars to complement the geometry curriculum.

  • Clocks: Unique to Christopherus, we provide a series of hands-on lessons in clocks from the ancient world.

Read Fifth Grade Curriculum Testimonials

Read our Publications Age Guide for additional publications for Fifth Grade

Further information about the Christopherus Curriculum

Order the complete package for Christopherus Fifth Grade below.

Important note for non-US customers: To order the fifth grade package with metric measurement components for math (instead of standard US measurements) be sure to choose the metric option below.

If you already have one or more of the components and do not require the full package you may order the components individually.

Item# Item Name Our Price Qty Add
CHR1005 Fifth Grade Package
CHR1005M Fifth Grade Package (metric)
XXX-1005 Fifth Grade Components - Order Individually Below:
CHR0029 Fifth Grade Syllabus
CHRB3001-1005 Ancient Mythology Bundle
CHRB0011-1005 Fifth Grade Botany Bundle
CHRB0025-1005 Fifth Grade Mathematics Bundle
CHRB0025M-1005 Fifth Grade Mathematics Bundle (metric)
OPRH022-1005 D'Aulaires' Book Of Greek Myths
OPSB012-1005 Ancient Greece (Charles Kovacs)
OPWSP023-1005 String, Straightedge, & Shadow - The Story Of Geometry (Julia Diggins)
CHR0028-1005 Demeter And Persephone
XXX-10054 Fourth Grade Components - Available only with Package Purchase:
CHR0030 Fourth Grade Language Arts
CHR0031 Fourth Grade Drawing, Painting and Modeling
CHR0032 Fourth Grade Handwork
Check the items you wish to purchase, then click

  Additional Recommendations... (also read our Publications Age Guide for more recommendations)

Painting In Waldorf Education (Bruin And Lichthart) Learning About The World Through Modeling (Arthur Auer) Fifth Grade Audio From Nature Stories To Natural Science - A Holistic Approach To Science For Families
Painting in Waldorf Education (Bruin and Lichthart) Learning About the World Through Modeling (Arthur Auer) Fifth Grade Audio From Nature Stories to Natural Science - A Holistic Approach to Science for Families

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  Customer Testimonial
This Curriculum Is A Lovely Gift October 19, 2014
  From: Lynn from Connecticut, USA  
I wanted to thank you, Donna, and your staff so very kindly for the beautiful fifth grade syllabus.  As always, I and my family eagerly await the arrival of your package and open it as if it were Christmas morning!  Indeed, for me, this curriculum is a lovely gift as it inspires (and even comforts me!) to infuse my child's learning with great warmth and clarity.

Connecticut   USA

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