Waldorf Curriculum

  • Coping with Chemistry-7th Grade

    Posted by Christopherus

    By Barbara Benson In Donna’s From Nature Stories to Natural Science (104-106), she suggests organizing the Chemistry main lesson for grade 7 around the traditional elements of Fire, Water Earth and Air, with Fire (combustion) being the natural starting point.  Since…

  • 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…

  • What is a Trained Waldorf Teacher?

    Posted by Christopherus

    For the first time in 12 years of business, my lack of having a certificate from a Waldorf teacher training institute has been queried. How interesting this whole question is to me! First, thank you to the homeschooling mother who…

  • Christopherus Homeschool Planner

    Posted by Christopherus

    For years homeschooling parents using our Christopherus Syllabi have been asking for a planner and now we have one for you. With the help of Barbara Benson, Christopherus’ Consultant, and Christopherus’ Homeschool Journey readers (Thank You!!!) , Amy McGehee-Lee, homeschooling mom…

  • 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…

  • Ideas for an astronomy main lesson

    Posted by Christopherus

    For many Waldorf homeschoolers, the astronomy main lesson can be a bit of a hit or miss experience. Some of us take to the stars and can really understand their movements and are able easily to find constellations in the…

  • Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools: Class 1 – 8 by Thomas Wildgruber

    Posted by Christopherus

    A Review by Donna Simmons There was great excitement in the Christopherus office when a great, fat envelope from Floris Books arrived. I was in town visiting the office and Leigh and I had just sat down with some coffee…

  • Keynotes for Each Grade

    Posted by Christopherus

    One thing that I have noticed over the years of working with parents interested in Waldorf education is that often people forget to look much beyond the grade/age that their children are currently at. This causes much confusion and sometimes…

  • Christopherus in Guatemala!

    Posted by Christopherus

    Those of you who have been long term followers of my blog know that we have a relationship with a very special emergent Waldorf project in Guatemala. Escuela Caracol is a small but brave fledgling Waldorf school which seeks to…

  • Second Grade Speech and Poetry

    Posted by Christopherus

    The following is an excerpt from our Christopherus Second Grade Syllabus, from the language arts section. I am very proud of our curriculum materials but I have to say that I am especially proud of the language arts section of all our…

  • Musings on School Readiness and Older Children

    Posted by Christopherus

    It’s that time of year again…parents agonizing about whether their six year old should start first grade or stay in kindergarten….Such a big decision. Steiner’s entire picture of the development of the human being rests on an understanding of the seven…

  • Gettin’ in the 5th Grade Groove!

    Posted by Christopherus

    One of the things that I love the most about the work I do is having the privilege of going back through the entire Waldorf grades curriculum one year at a time and “living” each grade, one year at a…

  • Old Testament Stories again?!

    Posted by Christopherus

    Our fourth grade curriculum is now at the printer’s…..we expect to be able to send it out to you (all being well) in mid June. In the next day or so, we will set up a description of it in…

  • From Norse Myths to Beowulf

    Posted by Christopherus

    Now that I am teaching high school students (as I have been doing for the past 5 years) I often have the opportunity to see how material covered and experienced in the students when they were young reemerges later on….

  • Main Lesson Books: How and Why

    Posted by Christopherus

    I had an interesting conversation the other day with a friend who is  Waldorf teacher – she had read through my 4th grade book The Human Being and the Animal World and commented on my advice about main lesson books….

  • An Introduction to the 4th Gr. Man & Animal Block

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here is a rough version of the introduction to our latest publication. The book will be available in early January. [Edit: now available!] Having thought about the usual title for this main lesson, we decided to modernize it and call…

  • Painting in Peace

    Posted by Christopherus

    I have a love-hate relationship with wet-on-wet painting. As a child in my Waldorf school, I can clearly remember the quiet excitement of Painting Day – getting the jars of water ready, passing out the board, putting on aprons, squeezing…

  • Geography through the Grades

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here is an overview of the Christopherus geography curriculum, from first through eighth grades. You can see we have tweaked the usual Waldorf geography curriculum somewhat – having said that, it is also true that geography, perhaps more than any…

  • Help with Painting

    Posted by Christopherus

    Something which appeals to many people new to Waldorf education but which also fills them with dread is wet on wet watercolor painting. The colors are so vibrant and it is clearly a healthy and nurturing activity – but it…

  • Understanding the Temperaments

    Posted by Christopherus

     I am full of the temperaments at the moment because in writing our Christopherus second and third grade curriculum, I decided to include several sections on the temperaments. So in the second grade curriculum people will find an essay by Steiner…

  • Advice on Music Instuction

    Posted by Christopherus

    We have a new section devoted to music on our website. Here you’ll find information about choosing musical instruments and instructors for your child as well as what we at Christopherus recommend.

  • 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…

  • Save Steiner Schools Camaign (UK)

    Posted by Christopherus

    We recently received an e-mail forwarded from the newly-created Save Steiner Schools Campaign in the UK. A new law coming into effect in the UK will effectively make it illegal for kindergartens and pre-schools not to teach children aged 4…

  • Old Testament Stories

    Posted by Christopherus

    As many of you know, we are putting out a full curriculum starting with second and third grades, this summer. And because we are as committed to serving those who want to create their own curricula and use either general…

  • 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…

  • Reading and Telling Stories

    Posted by Christopherus

    One of the hallmarks of Waldorf education is the practice that teachers have of telling stories to their class. Lessons are not a series of points from the teacher’s notes, or passages from a text book. There are no power…

  • Review: the Kingdom of Childhood

    Posted by Christopherus

    Continuing my series of reviews of basic Waldorf books for parents, I’d like to turn to one of my favorite books, The Kingdom of Childhood by Rudolf Steiner. It actually wasn’t written as a book. Rather it is a series…

  • Planning For Next Year

    Posted by Christopherus

    So…. I thought I’d give you all a few tips on planning for the next year (and all you Southern Hemisphere readers you’ll just have to come back to this blog entry later in the year!). One of my main…

  • Thinking About Music Instruction

    Posted by Christopherus

    One of the things that so many parents appreciate so deeply about Waldorf schools is the way that music is an integral part of the curriculum. From earliest days in the kindergarten as the children sing and clap and play…

  • Is She Ready to Read or Not?

    Posted by Christopherus

    Something that is very important to ponder is the difference between teaching a child who is not ready for something and allowing a strong impulse in a child to unfold. I would hope that no parent who is interested in…

  • 4th Grade Man & Animal Block

    Posted by Christopherus

    (Here is a reworked post from my old yahoo group which has since been replaced with a new Forum. We were discussing Steiner’s book Kingdom of Childhood and this is part of that discussion)     This business about the…

  • Original or Copied Work?

    Posted by Christopherus

    One of the perennial questions asked to teachers at Waldorf schools is “Why do the children all paint the same pictures? Why don’t you leave them free to draw or paint whatever they want?” Such questions usually arise after a…

  • Waldorf Education and Social Renewal

    Posted by Christopherus

    Back in January (2006) I was able to attend a weekend workshop on Waldorf Education and Social Renewal  at the City of Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis, hosted by the Novalis Institute and featuring Gary Lamb of the Institute for…

  • Waldorf Education and Social Renewal

    Posted by Christopherus

    Back in January (2006) I was able to attend a weekend workshop on Waldorf Education and Social Renewal  at the City of Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis, hosted by the Novalis Institute and featuring Gary Lamb of the Institute for…

  • Report from Informed Family Life Conference Boulder CO

    Posted by Christopherus

    I just got back from Rahima Baldwin’s “Whole Family, Whole Parent” conference sponsored by her organization, Informed Family Life. What a great weekend it was! I had the privilege of being one of four keynote speakers. The three people preceding…

  • Defending Oak Meadow

    Posted by Christopherus

    (here is a post from my yahoo group, Waldorf At Home which I wrote about Oak Meadow)   I think there is much to recommend OM and I also have found useful information in reading some of their materials -…

  • 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…

  • What is Waldorf?

    Posted by Christopherus

    Several people have contacted me recently, in private, expressing their concern that a number of individuals are setting themselves up as “Waldorf consultants” or sellers of Waldorf curriculum and that the relationship of these people to Waldorf is unclear. How…

  • Composition – when?

    Posted by Christopherus

    Many people ask when is a child old enough/ready to write on his own. The following are some of my thoughts on this, based on a discussion with someone about her 9 year old and writing….. If a child is…

  • 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 – Waldorf in the Home dvd – Watercolor Painting

    Posted by Christopherus

    Review – Waldorf in the Home dvd – Watercolor Painting I watched this dvd with great anticipation, having considered doing a series of dvd’s myself to help visually guide people through some of the basic artistic elements of Waldorf education….

  • Review – Waldorf in the Home dvd – Watercolor Painting

    Posted by Christopherus

    I watched this dvd with great anticipation, having considered doing a series of dvd’s myself to help visually guide people through some of the basic artistic elements of Waldorf education. And as I have great respect for the work of…

  • 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!)…

  • Music Lessons

    Posted by Christopherus

      One thing that it is of paramount importance when considering music lessons for a young child is not to bring under 7’s prematurely into their heads, into intellectual experiences. Little ones have a natural feel for rhythm – and…

  • The Waldorf View on Teaching

    Posted by Christopherus

    (this is a response I gave to a question on my yahoo group Waldorf_At_Home)   I think a question could be asked "how does the child know to ask what she wants? How does she know what she wants?" This…

  • Fantasy and Imagination

    Posted by Christopherus

    (another message taken from my yahoo group Waldorf_At_Home and reworked slightly…) When working with questions around the existence of fairies, I guess it all depends on how one views the world, all of Creation and the powers that work within…

  • Anthroposophy, Religion and Waldorf

    Posted by Christopherus

    (This was originally a message I posted on my yahoo discussion group, Waldorf_At_Home. It has been changed somewhat) Anthroposophy, while not a religion, is very helpful in spiritual striving. Anthroposophy means “wisdom of the human being” and it is also…

  • But Is It Waldorf?

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here’s my one week progress report on the journey back home by my younger son, Gabriel. A couple of entries ago (eeecchh – sounds like items on a menu) – er, a couple of blogs ago? – no that’s worse…

  • 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……..

  • Religion Lessons

    Posted by Christopherus

    Religion lessons do not figure in the Main Lessons curriculum (there is a specific religion lessons curriculum – but to my knowledge, only a handful of schools in this country or in the UK use it) and the Old Testament,…

  • Multiculturalism

    Posted by Christopherus

    This article taken from the Homeschool Journey newsletter, April 2004 Occasionally, one reads or hears someone say something along the lines that Waldorf is not multicultural or not multicultural enough. This always puzzles me, and sometimes seriously irritates me. If…

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