8th Grade

  • Earth Science – A Preview

    Posted by Donna Simmons

      by Donna Simmons The following are a few excerpts from the Teacher’s Guide to the earth science component of our Christopherus Science Course for Students 12 – 14. Earth Science will be available for purchase in the Fall, and…

  • The Christopherus Geography Curriculum

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    by Donna Simmons   From one point of view, you could say that a study of geography is the heart of the Waldorf curriculum—it is the discipline that connects and enlivens much of the rest of the curriculum. History, science…

  • Christopherus’ Middle Grade Science Curriculum — Coming this fall…

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    By Donna Simmons I am now in full spate, joyfully writing several science publications for the middle grades. I am very excited about all of this—I had wanted to create science publications for a long time but it seems that…

  • Physics – The Science Curriculum for the Middle Grades Begins

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    By Donna Simmons One of the reasons why it has taken me so, so long to write middle grades science resources is because I have had to work really hard to understand science in a living way and not merely…

  • Why do Calligraphy?

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Barbara Benson Sometime early in my homeschooling, a Waldorf resource mentioned doing calligraphy in 6th and continuing through 8th as both an art form and a lovely embellishment for main lesson books, particularly in history. Over the years, I…

  • CREATIVE WRITING in 8th Grade

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Barbara Benson Short Story Writing and Grammar/Vocabulary On page 5 of Christopherus’ A Rough Guide to Eighth Grade, one of her suggestions for Language Arts is to help your homeschooled child write a short story using Writing for 100 Days…

  • A Mathematics Main Lesson: Geometry in Man and Nature (7th and 8th)

    Posted by Christopherus

    By Barbara Benson The  primary reference text recommended in A Rough Guide for Seventh Grade  is Mathematics Around Us. The primary text for Eighth Grade is Mathematics  in Nature, Space and Time. These are both great books with wonderful illustrations….

  • Classical Physics

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    By Donna Simmons For science this semester, we are focusing mainly on physics. For a number of years I have been aware of the Teaching Company, an organization which produces lecture series on every topic imaginable, delivered by hand-picked college…

  • Managing Multiple Main Lessons

    Posted by Christopherus

    It takes organization, dedication and some flexibility to homeschool multiple children. The simple fact is that you are not going to be able to follow each syllabus thoroughly with each child. As a parent of five children who were all…

  • Transitioning to High School

    Posted by Christopherus

    The Waldorf inspired curriculum at Christopherus is largely focused on grades 1-8, those years when a homeschooling parent is analogous to the class teacher in a Waldorf school. In high school, however, Waldorf schools focus on specialist teachers to work…

  • Organic Chemistry in 8th Grade

    Posted by Christopherus

    As a Waldorf homeschooling teacher, I have finally reached that milestone of completing my last 8th grade main lesson. My youngest daughter will still continue to homeschool for high school, but I definitely have that feeling that I have ended…

  • The Child and the Community

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here is an article by Christopherus forum moderator, workshop presenter and consultant Barbara Benson about her experience as a homeschooler encouraging her older children to expand their horizons into the larger community, something that anyone homeschooling older children must do. While over…

  • Help with Physics – Middle Years and High School

    Posted by Christopherus

    I know it’s only April, but if you’re like me, you’re already thinking about next year’s homeschooling adventures! And judging by the number of first grade syllabuses and other things we’re selling at the moment, there are a lot of…

  • 8th Grade World History

    Posted by Christopherus

    A couple of months ago I got a phone call from the 8th grade teacher at our local Waldorf school – she was exhausted (as most th grade Waldorf teachers are) and was there any way I could come and…

  • Upper Grades Chemistry

    Posted by Christopherus

    Working with a Waldorf approach to science in the home is extremely difficult. A Goethean approach, one which is empirical, holistic and creative, can be very frustrating to achieve as soon as one leaves the natural sciences behind. And chemistry…

  • Handwork and Crafts with Older Children

    Posted by Christopherus

    It seems that everywhere one looks there are wonderful on-line stores and home businesses selling all manner of lovely craft items for children – young children. I can’t think why, but there is a distinct lack of craft kits and…

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