Waldorf 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…

  • The Goal of Waldorf Education

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    By Donna Simmons   Greetings All, One of the most important and attractive elements of the Waldorf curriculum is the way children are led through an exploration of subject matter in an ever-deepening way. In accordance with her stage of…

  • Charcoal Drawing in 6th Grade

    Posted by Christopherus

    By Barbara Benson There is not any discussion of charcoal drawing in the Rough Guide to Sixth Grade. As an artistic activity, I found it to be a very helpful exercise for my girls and this type of drawing is…

  • 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….

  • Environmentally Friendly

    Posted by Christopherus

    Giving the child confidence to “know and love the world” (Reprinted with kind permission from Steiner Education, Vol. 34, No. 1) By Liz Braun Enmeshed in a latticework of brown and cream, caught in a tangle of unbelievably long necks…

  • Rhythms of Learning

    Posted by Christopherus

    In Waldorf inspired homeschooling we talk about establishing a good daily weekly, monthly and seasonal rhythm. What do we really mean when we say rhythm? In Donna’s Waldorf Curriculum Overview, Chapter 7, she discusses the daily rhythm of ” active…

  • 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…

  • Enlivening the Curriculum: Experiential Learning in Steiner-Waldorf Schools

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Eric Fairman (© Eric K. Fairman. May 2004) Tell me, and I will forget; Show me, and I may remember; Involve me, and I will understand. Confucius Long gone are the days when a teacher could step into a…

  • School Readiness – the Developmental View

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Earl J. Ogletree (Reprinted with kind permission from Steiner Education, Vol.24, No.2  – 1990) In this hurry-up society, can anything wait? Apparently not, when it comes to determining the appropriate time your children should begin formal schooling. The majority…

  • First Grade Readiness by a Homeschooling Mother in Vermont

    Posted by Christopherus

    Our Story (edited version) She was ready, I knew it. She turned 6 in September, could already read very well, add and subtract. She could jump, follow directions and loved learning. She had lost five teeth. She was definitely ready….

  • First Grade Readiness : Help Your Child by Getting the Timing Right

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Alicia Benoit-Clark Studies indicate that children who start school too soon can experience a number of difficulties. Researchers James Uphoff and June Gilmore found that children who started first grade under six years three months tended to have greater…

  • Teaching Biology in a Human Context

    Posted by Christopherus

    ‘Your body is a space capsule, your head the command module’ so begins the introduction to a 3-D moving pop-up picture book on the human body now available in the U.K. ‘When you reach puberty your hormones switch on’ announces…

  • Help with Painting

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Donna Simmons 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…

  • 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…

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