Waldorf Education

  • The Tyranny of the Main Lesson Book

    Posted by Christopherus

    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)

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    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…

  • 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…

  • The Importance of Form Drawing

    Posted by Christopherus

    This blog will not address how to do form drawing or its esoteric benefits to the twelve senses. Donna’s book, Form Drawing for Beginners as well as supplemental books like Form Drawing Grades One through Four by Stine and Schuberth…

  • 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…

  • Join the Rudolf Steiner Library!

    Posted by Christopherus

    I know a lot of you are in the midst of preparing for the upcoming year – and I just want to remind you all of an invaluable resource for homeschoolers working with Waldorf education. The Rudolf Steiner Library in…

  • Extended Savings on Kinder Lyres

    Posted by Christopherus

    Our friend Raphael Weisman is extending his sale on lyres. Here’s his announcement:  We still have a few cosmetic seconds of Kinder Lyres and kits and are offering a 10% discount on any instrument for the next few weeks while…

  • 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…

  • 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….

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