Older Children

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Creative Writing in 7th Grade

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Barbara Benson   In A Rough Guide to Seventh Grade, Donna has this to say about a main lesson unit in Waldorf schools called Wish, Wonder and Surprise: “We have not scheduled this as a main lesson because I…

  • 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….

  • A Freshman to Senior Timeline for High School Homeschoolers interested in College

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Barbara Benson I realize that there are few of you homeschoolers that are currently teaching high school, but since it is very much on my mind these days with my youngest daughter, I thought I would share a brief…

  • Highlights and Challenges of 6th Grade: The Science Main Lesson in Geology

    Posted by Christopherus

    Sixth grade is a wonderful time to begin the exploration of the earth in a science main lesson. As Donna notes in her book, From Nature Stories to Natural Science: ” Geology is usually taught in Waldorf schools in the…

  • 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…

  • Homeschooling High School

    Posted by Christopherus

    It’s a big decision to homeschool for the high school years. Assuming that you have considered all your options and everyone is clear that homeschooling is the right choice for your family, here are some considerations for a Waldorf inspired…

  • 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…

  • A Challenge of Seventh Grade: A Physiology Unit on Human Sexuality

    Posted by Christopherus

    My last blog covered a general overview of the free rough guides available for the middle school years with a focus on highlights and challenges of Sixth grade. In this blog I would like to discuss one possible way to…

  • Highlights and Challenges of Homeschooling in Sixth Grade

    Posted by Christopherus

    If you have been working with the Christopherus curriculum for a number of years prior to sixth grade, it can be disconcerting to go from a comprehensive yearly syllabus to a free rough download for the middle school years, reinforced…

  • Communication Blackout

    Posted by Christopherus

    By Donna Simmons My sons have left home. They are now 18 and 20 and live in England, which is where they were born.  They are tall, strong, articulate young men, deeply concerned with the inequalities and tensions of our…

  • Children and Social Networking

    Posted by Christopherus

    At the bottom of this piece is an article that all of you who have children heading toward an awareness of social networking – or those who are involved with this already – might need to read. The article is…

  • What is the Fate of the Next Generation?

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here's a sobering article from the New York Times about our new generation of tech and media junkies. Why is this so surprising to so many people? I suppose the faint silver glimmer in this very dark cloud is that…

  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail

    Posted by Christopherus

    The following is from my neighbor, Sheila Sherwin, who, to my great admiration, began her homeschooling journey with her son by hiking the Appalachian Trail with him and another 11 year old boy (both boys were 12 by the time…

  • Follow Up to Teens and Texting

    Posted by Christopherus

    Thank you to all who responded to my earlier blog on Teens and Texting. I think this is a huge topic – one which I will return to again and again. And if you haven’t responded to my original blog…

  • 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…

  • Teens and Texting

    Posted by Christopherus

    Beware! My goodness – how those innocent looking little machines can take over one's life! This is a plea for parents to think very, very carefully before getting their teenager a cell phone. As for those parents contemplating getting one…

  • Empathy and Adolescents

    Posted by Christopherus

    The following is an excerpt from the magnificent book Loving the Stranger: Studies in Adolescence, Empathy and the Human Heart edited by Michael Luxford. This book comes out of the work of the Camphill Communities (curative communties where people of…

  • A Home For Teens

    Posted by Christopherus

    Having started a conversation her on my blog about the importance of being at home with ones little children (see Early Years Rant), I am now going to throw a another gauntlet down: this one has to do with teens…

  • A Computer for an 11 Year Old?

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here is a slightly reworked post from the Waldorf at Home discussion forum. The person who wrote in had an almost 11 year old son and her relatives were suggesting they buy him a laptop for his 11th birthday. What…

  • 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…

  • This Semester

    Posted by Christopherus

    Our first step once Gabriel decided that he wanted to return home and once we all agreed that this was indeed the best thing to do was to have a discussion about what he wanted to do. As in the…

  • Homeschool High School

    Posted by Christopherus

    Well, Gabriel, my 14 year old, decided to return home. He spent a semester and a little bit at the vaguely Waldorf high school where I was teaching and has had enough. He has come home. So now both my…

  • A Teen Across America

    Posted by Christopherus

    There’s a lot of quiet excitement in this household as our eldest prepares to take a train alone across continent to stay for a week with older friends in Washington State. Basically we paid for 1/2 of the price of…

  • High School World History

    Posted by Christopherus

    Today I finished a three week main lesson at the Waldorf-flavored high school where I teach part time. It was a class with the juniors and we spent three weeks galloping through the centuries from the Fall of Rome to…

  • 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…

  • Books for Teens

    Posted by Christopherus

    The following is a list of books for teens – as the holidays approach people might be thinking about what books to get for their teenage sons or daughters. This is a difficult age to buy books for – just…

  • Last Year At Home

    Posted by Christopherus

    I can’t believe school only started two weeks ago! I feel like it’s all I think, breath and do – and that it is Life. How could it only be two weeks old?! Of course, by school, I not only mean…

  • Friendly Teens

    Posted by Christopherus

    It always amazes me – and saddens me – when I hear about or read about parents who have no idea who their teens are, who cannot communicate with them or who are at a loss as to how to…

  • Working Together

    Posted by Christopherus

    My son Gabriel and I have been busy these past few weeks creating a new unit study publication for sale – this one is on the Middle Ages and follows on from the Roman History unit study we already have….

  • Maturation of Thought

    Posted by Christopherus

    One of the exciting things about teaching at the Waldorf high school here in town is the opportunity to work with mixed age classes and to observe the differences between the students not only as individuals, but as young people…

  • Review: “The Real Truth About Teens & Sex” by Sabrina Weill

    Posted by Christopherus

    In preparation for the Life Skills class I am teaching at the local Waldorf high school here, I ploughed through a variety of books for both parents and teens on topics such as sex, gender, suicide, and drugs. Good resources…

  • Keeping One Step Ahead

    Posted by Christopherus

    This article first appeared in the Homeschool Journey newsletter, April 2005 One of the new and exciting challenges of living in town (as opposed to our former life on our farm) is the phenomena of friends. It seems obvious and…

  • Extending Play

    Posted by Christopherus

    This article first appeared in the Homeschool Journey newsletter, February 2004 Some of the most joyful moments I have  had as a homeschooling mom have come during our occasional ‘Boy Days’, days when my sons invite their friends over, en…

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