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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 > THE CHRISTOPHERUS CURRICULUM > 6th Grade

Sixth Grade Rough GuideAfter the light-filled grace of 11 years of age, 12-year-olds seem heavy, sullen and earth-bound. When looking at a group of 11-year-olds and 12-year-olds one is struck by the beauty in proportion of the former, and the sudden gangliness and heaviness of the latter children.

The 6th grade Waldorf curriculum speaks to the earthiness, the materialism, of 12-year-old children by emphasizing Roman history, physics, business math, geology and the beginnings of logical thought in disciplines such as geometry.

The pragmatism of the Romans finds echo in the 6th grader's soul. And her budding powers of thought are stretched by a rigorous and disciplined approach to subjects such as science. The material world is studied, both in terms of geology and physics. A main lesson in mechanics is also appropriate during this time.

Here is a list of our Sixth Grade materials:

Further information about the Christopherus Curriculum


Sixth Grade Roman History Bundle Waldorf as Therapeutic Education Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers
Christopherus' Roman History book in a revised 2nd edition and Charles Kovacs' Ancient Rome. FREE Talk on Waldorf as a form of truly therapeutic education. The essential guide to Waldorf-inspired homeschooling!
240 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
Sixth Grade Audio From Nature Stories to Natural Science - A Holistic Approach to Science for Families Learning About the World Through Modeling (Arthur Auer)
Parenting and teaching the 12 year-old child. A practical guide to the Waldorf approach to science for homeschoolers - covers kindergarten through 8th grade.
150 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
An unbelievably rich resource for first grade through high school: highly recommended.
230 pages, fully illustrated
The Waldorf Book of Poetry (edited by David Kennedy) Painting in Waldorf Education (Bruin and Lichthart) Medieval History
An anthology of over 475 poems arranged by age and subject
336 pages, softbound
A detailed look at painting and drawing in the Waldorf curriculum. Includes a CD with 70 images.
215 pages, paperback
Everything you need to put together a study of Medieval history for 6th or 7th grade students.
36 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
Geometric Patterns from Islamic Art and Architecture (Robert Field) The Age of Discovery (Charles Kovacs) Earth, Water, Fire and Air - Playful Explorations in the Four Elements (Walter Kraul)
Draw beautiful patterns from Islamic sources.
64 pages, paperback
A lively collection of stories and adventure from the fall of the Roman Empire through Elizabethan England.
220 pages, paperback
An invaluable resource for a hands-on exploration of the four elements in Nature. For 4th grade & 6th grade science.
116 pages, paperback
Mathematics Lessons for Sixth Grade (Ernst Schuberth) Compass Drawings - Constructing designs using a compass and ruler (Harst and Wiederhold) String, Straightedge, & Shadow - The Story of Geometry (Julia Diggins)
An essential guide to 6th grade math which is focused on business math.
155 pages, paperback
Step by step instructions for creating more than 30 geometric drawings.
80 pages, paperback
A colorful narrative that brings geometry to life for 5th & 6th grade.
155 pages, paperback, fully illustrated
Geology and Astronomy (Kovacs) Ancient Rome (Charles Kovacs)
Narratives by an experienced Waldorf teacher for a 6th grade geology main lesson and 7th grade astronomy main lesson.
176 pages, paperback
An essential part of our 6th grade Roman History lessons.
224 pages, paperback
Why a Rough Guide Instead of a Syllabus

At age 12, in 6th grade, things change dramatically and this is seen clearly in Waldorf schools. The demands of the curriculum are more challenging and the variations from one school to the next far greater. There certainly is a clear curriculum, based, like the rest of the curriculum, on Steiner’s indications and on the traditions of Waldorf schools over the years, but exactly what is taught, in which grade it is taught, and how it is taught vary considerable. One even gets the situation, as in the US, where certain Waldorf schools are examining the possibility of establishing Waldorf middle schools, separate from grades 1-5.

At home the situation is even more dramatic. Children between 12 and 14 need to come into the world more and their homeschooling experience must include lessons taught by people other than their parents. To successfully homeschool children of this age – to truly meet their developmental needs – one must utilize the resources in one’s community and expand beyond the home. And this necessarily means using curriculum materials in a looser and more individualized way.

In light of the need for more flexibility and individualization in the middle school years, instead of a formal 6th grade syllabus, we are offering a range of materials and guidance on how to put together 6th grade lessons.

Putting it all Together

Our Waldorf Curriculum Overview and From Nature Stories to Natural Science are essential guides for Waldorf at home, as are Learning About the World Through Modeling and Painting in Waldorf Education.

Our Roman History Bundle is necessary for your Roman history main lesson.

It is probably best if you work your way through medieval history in 6th grade as the goal is to get to modern times in 8th grade – and that’s a lot of history to cover! But, many people leave the Middle Ages until 7th grade. If you do purchase our Medieval History, be sure to get the companion volume on Geometric Designs from Islamic Art and Architecture, similar to the volume mentioned above. Make sure your approach is artistic and hands-on!

A good resource for your Medieval history narrative is Charles Kovacs' The Age of Discovery. This book will also be important for 7th grade history.

Your lessons in physics (heat, color, light and sound) and basic mechanics will be enormously enriched by using Walter Kraul’s Earth, Water, Fire and Air. Those of you who used our 4th grade curriculum already have a copy of it.

The main focus in math this year is business math. We are pleased to offer Ernst Schuberth’s fine book, Mathematic Lessons for Sixth Grade written for Waldorf teachers, on this subject.

To support your child’s work with business math (fractions, decimals and percents) we urge you to purchase relevant workbooks from Key To. Read our comprehensive guide to Key To books for grades 6-8. If you did not use our 5th Grade Curriculum, or are behind, please consider the Key To books we carry as part of our 5th Grade Math Bundle.

In 5th grade your child created many beautiful geometric designs either freehand or using a straightedge. This year’s geometry requires a compass and the work focuses on constructions. Beauty is, of course, never forfeited, and we offer a book on Compass Drawings for your use. Check the Key To guide mentioned above for recommendations for geometry workbooks.

In 5th Grade, the book, String, Straightedge, and Shadow formed an important part of geometry lessons. It continues to be required in 6th grade as the lessons on the Pythagorean theorem are vital – and Julia Diggins does a first rate job in presenting a living picture of Pythagoras and his work.

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