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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 > 7th Grade

Seventh Grade Rough GuideIn many ways 7th grade can be characterized as the year of looking ahead. Finally able to call themselves teens, thirteen-year old-children (who rarely accept being called such) are chomping at the bit, ready to join the world. Their horizons are expanding and every day can be full of wonders.

Yet this sense of wonder must not be only the naïve and open-eyed sense of wonder that is so important for younger children. Such moments should exist for 7th graders, but, in general, wonder needs to be experienced as a growing sense for the richness, complexity and unending beauty of our world, including the works of man.

This is the year when we travel to Africa, Asia and South and Central America in geography. Following on from main lessons devoted to exploring the land and cultures of such vastly differing parts of the world, we turn to a study of the Renaissance and into the Enlightenment. New frontiers in science, religion, art, exploration and human relationships emerged as human evolution turned the corner toward modern consciousness.

In science the children focus on chemistry, electricity and magnetism, and human physiology. In English, the first lessons in bringing consciousness to writing as writing occur. This is an exciting year in mathematics as well, when algebra and geometric proofs are explored. Interesting math topics such as the Fibonacci series are studied.

Here is a list of our Seventh Grade materials:

Further information about the Christopherus Curriculum


Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers Seventh/Eighth Grade Audio From Nature Stories to Natural Science - A Holistic Approach to Science for Families
The essential guide to Waldorf-inspired homeschooling!
240 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
A talk spanning both seventh and eighth grades. A practical guide to the Waldorf approach to science for homeschoolers - covers kindergarten through 8th grade.
150 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
Learning About the World Through Modeling (Arthur Auer) The Waldorf Book of Poetry (edited by David Kennedy) Painting in Waldorf Education (Bruin and Lichthart)
An unbelievably rich resource for first grade through high school: highly recommended.
230 pages, fully illustrated
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
Medieval History Geometric Patterns from Islamic Art and Architecture (Robert Field) The Age of Revolution (Charles Kovacs)
Everything you need to put together a study of Medieval history for 6th or 7th grade students.
36 pages, 8½ x 11, spiral bound
Draw beautiful patterns from Islamic sources.
64 pages, paperback
The story of European history from the Restoration into the Twentieth Century.
238 pages, paperback
Safe & Simple Electrical Experiments (Rudolf F. Graf) The Art and Science of Teaching Composition (Dorit Winter) Writing for 100 Days - A Student-Centered Approach to Composition and Creative Writing (Gabriel Arquilevich)
A terrific collection of basic experiments in magnetism and electricity for 7th or 8th grade.
117 pages, paperback
A thoughtful guide to teaching writing in 7th grade and beyond.
50 pages, paperback
A user friendly guide to good writing for young teens.
103 pages, paperback
Curve Stitching - The Art of Sewing Beautiful Patterns (Jon Millington) Geology and Astronomy (Kovacs) Mathematics in Nature, Space and Time
A beautiful hands-on approach to geometry.
96 pages, paperback
Narratives by an experienced Waldorf teacher for a 6th grade geology main lesson and 7th grade astronomy main lesson.
176 pages, paperback
Step-by-step lessons for 7th and 8th grade math.
126 pages, paperback
Ancient Rome (Charles Kovacs)
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 7th grade syllabus, we are offering a range of materials and guidance on how to put together 7th grade lessons.

Putting it all Together

Our Waldorf Curriculum Overview and our science book, From Nature Stories to Natural Science are both essential guides to help you create your child’s seventh grade Waldorf-inspired homeschool experience. Our Seventh & Eighth Grade at home audio download is also crucial.

Although the Curriculum Overview spans 1st through 8th grade, leaving parents wondering if it is worth purchasing it for 7th and 8th grades, it will help put what you are doing into a larger context. This is especially important if you are new to homeschooling or Waldorf education. The book is out-of-date in terms of its references to our own publications (since writing it we have created a full grade 1-5 curriculum) but in terms of the nitty-gritty "how do I do this" and critically, "why do I do this" questions, it is the only resource of its kind available.

Our Medieval History book is where many of you will start with history unless you tackled it in 6th grade.

Two important resources for the stories and outline of the history covered in 7th grade are Charles Kovacs' The Age of Discovery and The Age of Revolution. There is some overlap with 6th grade with the first title and with 8th grade with the second.

For science lessons we recommend Rudolf Graf’s cheerful guide to Safe and Simple Electrical Experiments.

This year’s Language Arts curriculum brings a new element of awareness and purposefulness to your child’s writing. We offer both a Waldorf teacher’s guide to composition and creative writing, The Art and Science of Teaching Composition and a more structured conventional approach of Writing for 100 Days. Both books are highly recommended though the latter might be more suitable for 8th grade.

Our offerings for math and geometry for 7th grade are extensive and choosing is potentially somewhat complex. We offer a guide, Mathematics in Nature, Space and Time written by Australian Waldorf teacher John Blackwood, and recommend a selection of workbooks from Key To Press. We have put 7th and 8th grade together because each child learns at a different pace and each of you will need to be able to make a different selection! View our guide to Key To workbooks.

We are pleased to offer a beautiful book Curve Stitching on creating flat and three dimensional geometric designs using thread on a card or wood. Keep your child’s Waldorf education alive with a hands-on approach to geometry!

Two other vital components of your child’s 7th grade education are Learning about the World through Modeling and Painting in Waldorf Education. These books are necessary for a proper Waldorf orientation to your 7th grade program and scale 1st through 8th grade. If you don’t have them already, now’s your chance!

 


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