Active and Therapeutic Education

  • The Tyranny of the Main Lesson Book

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    by Donna Simmons One characteristic of Waldorf education is its focus on the creation of main lesson books throughout all 12 grades. Every day, in every grade, during the first 2 hours of the morning, each class is focused on…

  • Bean Bag Games for Grades 1-3

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Barbara Benson Many years ago, I attended a Waldorf conference for homeschoolers hosted by Rahima Baldwin. One of the presenters was discussing circle time games for early elementary grades. The games that really resonated with me were the bean…

  • Tone Drawing

    Posted by Christopherus

    TONE DRAWING for 4th and 5th grade Tone drawing was a favorite artistic activity of all of my children. I incorporated it into our natural science work ( Man and Animal/Zoology and Botany) in 4th and 5th grades. My inspiration…

  • Painting Problems: The Exercising of Color Sense

    Posted by Christopherus

    Have you ever heard the complaint, “Why do all the children’s paintings look the same?” If you’ve asked yourself this question after having viewed the work of students in the lower grades of a Waldorf school (the question rarely arises…

  • Tea with Donna Question and Answers

    Posted by Christopherus

    The Transition from Kindergarten to the Grades This is a really good question for homeschoolers to put some thought into. Although part of the point of the kindergarten years is to create healthy forms which can then be the basis…

  • Fundraiser for Goderich Waldorf School

    Posted by Christopherus

         We would like to introduce you to a wonderful School community working in Sierra Leone. Goderich Waldorf School It is a tuition-free charity run school in Rokel, about 14 miles outside of the capital, Freetown, Sierra Leone. It…

  • Curative Education: A Review

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here is a review written by Carrie Dentler, enthusiastic Waldorf at Home forum moderator. Carrie, as a pediatric intensive care therapist, has an on-going interest in the health bringing basis of Waldorf education, including that focused specifically on children with…

  • Free Audio Download

    Posted by Christopherus

    Hi Everyone, I just want to remind you all – or tell you all – about my free audio download on Therapeutic Waldorf. On my on-line discussion forum, in the course of consultations, in workshops – everywhere! –  questions constantly…

  • A Wonderful Circle Time Resource

    Posted by Christopherus

    With so many of our young children displaying various sensory, balance, learning and behavioral challenges, many parents need to learn how to work purposefully to help heal and also prevent such problems. Nancy Blanning and Laurie Clark’s new book, Movement…

  • The Twelve Senses

    Posted by Christopherus

    Last week we began our study of the Twelve Senses on my discussion forum. Thought some of you blog and newsletter readers might be interested in what this is all about so here I offer a very brief description…. Conventional science…

  • A Note on Therapeutic Talk

    Posted by Christopherus

    Last night after I wrote the blog entry which precedes this one, the one which is an introduction to the free talk on the therapeutic benefits of Waldorf education, I realized that I had left a little too much “wriggle…

  • Free: Recording on Therapeutic Waldorf

    Posted by Christopherus

    For me the most important aspect of Waldorf education is its potential to heal and to make whole. As a truly holistic form of education, one which has a unique understanding of the journey each human being takes during his…

  • Form Drawing

    Posted by Christopherus

    (the following are two posts from our old Yahoo group, Waldorf At Home on the topic of form drawing). by Donna Simmons   Form drawing is like water, it is like the movement of plants as they grow, it is…

  • Speaking and Reading to Little Ones

    Posted by Christopherus

    (Here’s another reworked post of mine from my yahoo group, Waldorf_At_Home) In this thread I have not been saying that we shouldn’t talk to our children!! What I am saying is that there is balance needed – that parents who…

  • To Correct or Not to Correct

    Posted by Christopherus

    This is a post I wrote on my yahoo discussion group, Waldorf_At_Home in response to a question a list member had about how to get her reluctant and somewhat perfectionist daughter to do form drawing. She also was interested in…

  • Form Drawing with Older Children

    Posted by Christopherus

    Form drawing is a therapeutic art unique to Waldorf education. Often misunderstood to be solely to do with improving or preparing for handwriting, its use goes much deeper. It is a way for the child to orientate himself in space,…

  • Review: Daena Ross DVD

    Posted by Christopherus

    Some time ago Rahima Baldwin sent me a number of DVD’s of talks and workshops from her conferences for me to review.  It has taken me some time to get round to doing this (apologies Rahima if you read this!)…

  • Review: Autism: A Holistic Approach

    Posted by Christopherus

    Life works in mysterious ways. Life takes circles and weaves spirals  – it goes one direction and then doubles back on itself. This is how I am feeling these days as I contemplate the work that I do via Christopherus…

  • “Working with Anxious, Nervous and Depressed Children”

    Posted by Christopherus

    (yet another article gleaned from my yahoo group Waldorf_At_Home – again, it has been slightly edited) I have been reading a wonderful book recently which deals with issues around the senses, movement, balance etc.  It is called "Working with Anxious,…

  • What Is Eurythmy?

    Posted by Christopherus

    Every once in a while I get the question "what is eurythmy?" How to explain?!It’s an art form but one rather different than any others – it is a spiritual work…. it is a therapeutic expression and vehicle for healing……..

  • The Out of Sync Child

    Posted by Christopherus

    This article first appeared in the Homeschool Journey newsletter, July 2005 As preparation for our latest Christopherus publication, Joyful Movement, I have read a number of books, including The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction  by Carol…

  • Get Out of the House!

    Posted by Christopherus

    My most precious childhood memories are from the brief weeks each year that I spent with my class on a working farm in the Hudson River valley in upstate New York. The Waldorf school I attended was in New York…

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