Ten Years – The Christopherus Story

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It’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since Christopherus Homeschool Resources came into being. Ten years ago I was living with my family on a hobby farm in northern Wisconsin, milking goats and hosting homeschool groups. Ten years ago my sons were 3rd and 5th graders, schooled at home. Ten years ago I was patching together homeschooling resources, mainly using conventional materials and drawing on my own experience as a Waldorf teacher. Ten years ago I  was meeting with a group of Minnesota homeschoolers who seemed to be tying themselves into knots trying to create mini Waldorf schools at home, using a beautiful and inspirational but not entirely homeschool-savvy curriculum…

And it is from this that Christopherus sprang – from my own, and others, homeschooling experiences. I can pin it down to a day, one I clearly remember. I had been ill and was lying on the couch, leafing through a conventional homeschooling resources catalogue. Appalled by the mediocrity that was on offer, I kept muttering to myself, ‘I can do better than that; My goodness – look at that…I can do better than that’. ‘Hey’, I realized, ‘I really CAN do better than that!’

I was already teaching writing classes to local homeschooled youngsters and had decided to branch out and do this via snail-mail and email. This program, YoungWriters, had some success. I worked with a number of children but eventually  realized that I simply could not get past the lack of face-to-face relationships with my students. Too much of my teaching is based on the relationship formed – and when I later taught in a Waldorf-flavored high school, I realized that nothing is more important in teaching that the relationship between student and teacher. How else can a teacher gauge when to push and when to let go? How else can she know how to pitch a lesson, what context – both in terms of previous lessons and the child’s personal life – to draw from? And how can trust be built, that trust that enables an unwilling student to take a risk and undertake an assignment because he knows that it is important to his teacher – even if he can’t (yet) see its importance himself. And so, I as much as I enjoyed the YoungWriters program, I started to  move in a different direction.

Thanks to the gift of a computer from my folks – before that we had been a TV and computer-free family (though we continued to keep the children away from the computer until they were in their teens) – I had been on Kytka’s list (hands up all of you old Kytka’s veterans!) and then the fabulous WE-HS (Waldorf Education Home School) yahoo group. Eventually, I needed to create my own list (just as Melisa Neilson later split from me) which was a great success and eventually had over 4,500 members from all over the world.

I then began to write curriculum materials, spurned on my requests from people on my yahoo group and Nature Storiesfrom homeschoolers who began to consult with me. Drawing from my (then) 20+ years of both teaching and homeschooling experience, I created a series of books for the Wadorf homeschooler. From Nature Stories to Natural Science was our first title and the first book we sold – to a woman in Northfield MN who later hosted a conference with me.

Conferences soon took off. The first was in Houston TX, hosted by a friend who used to work at NASA. Because of her connections, I took my then 12 year old son, Gabriel, who was interested in space flight. After the conference my friend took us on a tour of NASA, which was great though the real highlight for Gabriel was the non-stop 2-day monopoly game he played with my friends’ sons during the conference itself! Coming from a family where board games were taken up with great sighs of martyrdom by all but Gabriel, this was as close as heaven as my boy could get!

Other conferences followed – I keynoted at Rahima Baldwin’s conferences in CA and CO; and over the years I spoke in MI, IN, TX (several times), GA, WI, IL and more. My last conference was in June 2011 – a week-long Christopherus conference in Chicago. It was brilliant, really wonderful. But conferences are not so big any longer – between the availability of so much on the internet (though so much is also very dubious) and the impact of the economic downturn, few of us really do conferences any longer. However, in recent months, I have been speaking on child development and the 12 senses here in the UK . This has been so well received that Christopherus is considering a conference in at our home base in Viroqua, WI this summer.

Back to the story at hand: In 2008 my family moved to Viroqua WI, a town with a Waldorf school and a Waldorf high school initiative. My youngest son attended the former for a couple of months and both sons went to the latter for a couple of years. I taught part time at the high school and also taught high school classes in my home, especially when my youngest boy came back to homeschooling.

During these years the most significant Christopherus development was the creation of our curriculum. Originally, we poo-pooed the idea of a ‘set curriculum’, having one foot in the so-called ‘Waldorf unschooling’ camp. But, because of persistent and strenuous requests for a curriculum and because I worked out how to create such a thing which was flexible and adaptable, the Christopherus curriculum was born. At the same time, my foot in the unschooling camp became uncomfortable as I learned more and more about the therapeutic basis of Waldorf education – and as I studied not only how my own sons grew, but how children I knew over the years matured (we offer an audio download on Waldorf Education and Unschooling in which some of you might be interested).

Another important part of the ‘Viroqua years’ was the Waldorf at Home online forum. This was an intimate group of homeschoolers who were able, largely because of the way I held and nurtured the group, to talk in meaningful and deep ways about homeschooling, parenting and self development. And my efforts were made possible only because of the wonderful support I got from a brilliant group of women. May I pause for a moment and thank – once again – Lisa Marshall, Barbara Benson (hi Barbara – I know you’re reading this!), Karen Petz, Serina Lopez, Carrie Dendtler and Catherine Forest. My love and gratitude continues to flow to you all and I am filled with warm fuzzy feelings when I think back to our time together on the forum!

Of course, the other hugely significant change to Christopherus (and the reason I am able to be sitting here in Scotland wriNewNora2_textting this) was the personnel change that took place. My husband, Paul Newton, who had turned what I had written into books, run the website, created our accounting system, sent out orders and did all the thousands of jobs required of a home business, went off to become a priest of the Christian Community. And in his place came Leigh Anders – friend, neighbor, comrade-parent-of-teens and all around amazing person.

Leigh remains in Viroqua, where she steers the helm of Christopherus, keeping it going. No – more than just keeping it going. She is now in a position where she has initiatives and ideas which, over the years, will mean that CHR has some new directions and new possibilities.

Leigh is assisted in her work by her eldest daughter, Nora. You can think of Nora when you open up any packages you receive from us as it is her job to process orders and get them to people in a timely way. And if you have our 4th and/or 5th grade curriculum, you will see examples of Nora’s early work sprinkled throughout!

And so, dear readers, that is the brief history of Christopherus. We’re ten years old! Imagine that! And what is most wonderful to me is the fact that a good number of you have been with us since the early days. Your children have grown up with us. What a humbling experience that has been for me – and for Paul and Leigh – as, year after year, we would see some of the same names coming back for more books from us. And of course, from time to time some of you have written comments on this blog – what a joy it is for me to read your names. ‘Oh I remember her ’ ‘Can her son really be 13 now? – but she just bought the second grade curriculum for him…Was that so long ago!?!’ ‘Yes, that’s a familiar name – I even remember her face from the conference in…’ And so on.

I would encourage any of you who would like to share your Christopherus stories with us to please, please do so – in recognition of our 10 years of service to the Waldorf homeschooling community, wouldn’t it be fun and inspiring to read the stories of ‘old timers’? And you newbies, full of fresh enthusiasm, are most welcome to also join in! So write your stories here in the comments or send them to the office – enquiries@christopherushomeschool.org – and we will find a good place to put them on the website. Photos of children or art projects of anything relevant would be brilliant!

To start off our tenth year, we’re giving away ten copies of our very first publication, From Nature Stories to Natural Science. This book is a Waldorf homeschooling essential for both families using a Christopherus full curriculum package or those pulling together their own resources for a DYI approach. To enter a random drawing for From Nature Stories to Natural Science simply post a comment below. The drawing will be held on January 31st.

Here’s to ten years!

Donna

Posted on January 4, 2013 in News

COMMENTS
  • Congratulations to you all on 10 years of hard work, dedication and brilliant experiences created by all who have benefited from all around the world. May you continue to flourish, change, grow and fruit. With great appreciation, Katie x

  • Amie says:

    Congratulations on ten years of providing a fantastic resource! As a ‘newbie’ to both your website and Waldorf homeschooling (3 years) it has been really nice to read the sites history. I had picked up bits and pieces from your posts but to read it all in a nutshell was great. I think your ten years also describes the changes that have been occuring in the Waldorf homeschool community, which is interesting food for thought too 🙂 I would be honoured if I won your very first resource “From Nature Stories To Natural Science”.

  • Caitlyn says:

    Such great appreciation for you & your husband and what you’ve done, and for what Leigh and Nora now do! I’ve been a quiet admirer for years, and have found even the tidbits gleaned from your posts, articles, etc. to be so very helpful. Thank you!!!!

  • Sherry Leväaho says:

    Congratulations! I am so grateful to have stumbled across Christopherus in my homeschool journey and I often re-read and consult the resources I have purchased from you so far. I am saving up to purchase the First Grade curriculum book- and I look forward to purchasing more.
    Thanks, Sherry

  • Bec says:

    What a wonderful accomplishment, congratulations.
    Best wishes for another 10 years – supporting and nuturing future waldorf homeschoolers

  • Lourdes says:

    Congratulations to you! I am just beginning my homeschool journey again, with a new baby twenty years after my first child’s birth! I have always been drawn to nature despite being a city girl, and drawn to Waldorf education through years of trying many methods. I have browsed your site many times, and I am enjoying the ebook I purchased. May you have continued success for the next ten years and more!

  • Mari Villarreal says:

    Congratulations!
    What a wonderful journey it has been!

  • elise l says:

    Congratulations! Also, thanks for sharing your homeschool journey and info with us!

  • Carla Melton says:

    Thankyou SO much to all of you guys. My son Olle is turning 9 this year and we have been using your resources since he was 4. Over the years I’ve swung back and forth between a Steiner approach and others, however I always come back to your resources, Donna. I find them so refreshing and so inspirational. I’m in the NZ summer holidays now, so just getting started and planned for the year ahead. My daughter turned 7 in November and my youngest turned 5 today. I’m so looking forward to going through your books again with these guys. We love your resources. I wish you all the best.
    Please don’t enter me in the draw for this resource as I have it already 🙂
    lots of love,
    Carla

  • Maria says:

    Many blessings for you Donna and your family. Thank you for sharing your vast wisdom and experience in Waldorf Education, homeschooling and parenting in awake and heart opening way. I really appreciate your publications. How they are made for the Waldorf “purist” and also for the eclectic unschooling rebel. I love how well structured, conscise, clear, refreshing and passionate they are. Much gratitude for providing wonderful resources that holistically support my parenting and homeschooling journey with my 6 and 3 year old.
    Thank you for spreading light and Congratulations!

  • Gris fleur says:

    Thank you so much for all what you’ve done … And good luck for what is to come !

  • Congratulations! You have done, and do such a great job! It is a great help to me and my family. Thank you!

  • Tracy Ikemire says:

    Thank you for all your hard work & dedication! You have enriched the lives of so many of us!

  • Brea says:

    What an inspiring story! I don’t even have kids yet, but hope to soon, and I have been reading everything I can about attachment parenting and Waldorf homeschooling – I want to create this way of life for our family from day 1.

  • Tamara says:

    Congratulations! I have gained so much insight from some of your resources. Bless you for your dedication to this healing art!

  • Kristin says:

    Congratulations on ten years! Thank you for helping to guide our family on this wonderful journey!

  • Mia says:

    It is amazing to see what you can achieve if only you can put your mind to it 🙂 By doing tis, you have brought a lot of people together from all corners of the world. Well done on making your dreams come true and for showing us that it is possible.

  • Monika says:

    Congratulations for your 10 year anniversary and hard work along the way!! Wishing you all the very best in the future!!! Love and light, Monika

  • Pollyanna kingsley says:

    The journey continues to call on us all,to grow alongside our children.Thank you for all your support to have trust in the way.Thank you to all the beings who have ? and grown immensely along this brave parenting path.Just as I think I get it,this every evolving journey guides me towards even more wounderful learning.
    Thank you and may you continue to share your wisdom for a very long time to come
    Pollyanna Kingsley

  • Congratulations to you all. I admire your courage and attitude. Thank you for all you do!

  • Kris says:

    I am very happy to have been told of Christopherus by our beloved parent-child Waldorf teacher years ago. As we continue to homeschool, I continue to get excited when I read your books and am seeing that excitement transfer to my son year after year. Thank you for helping me do that!

  • Rebecca says:

    Your story is wonderful and inspiring! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments.

  • Mandy Ferguson says:

    What a wonderful story. You have been on quite the journey. I am hoping to switch to Christopherus to accommodate my youngest child’s unique learning style. I’m excited to see what is to come for Christopherus!

  • clara lovatt says:

    Your blog is an inspiration – its a real help to feel confirmed along the homeschooling journey

  • Lisa Cocchiarale says:

    I heard Donna speak several years ago in Bloomington, IN. My 5 year old and I are enjoying an “eclectic” kindergarten homeschool year and love reading the blog. We are hoping to explore more Christopherus offerings as we kick into a higher gear for next fall!

  • Robyn says:

    Congratulations on ten years! Here’s to a bright future.

  • Doreen says:

    I am so grateful to Soulemama for her link and giveaway with you. I am blessed to have found this wonderful resource!

  • Angela Fortier says:

    Thank you for all your great stories and information! I’m so glad we found you!

  • Andrea Dewey says:

    What a beautiful story Donna! Thank you for sharing it. About 6 years ago, I purchased ‘A Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers’ to explore a course for my new homeschool. It has been my most treasured resource over the years.

  • Carolin says:

    I would love to win this…. your work is such an inspiration and asset to homeschooling families. We just LOVE it!

  • Virginia Javurek Meyers says:

    My daughter loves Christopherus materials. They are very special, warm, and very well written. We would love an opportunity to use them again! Thank you for making them for us.

  • Lynn says:

    Blessings on your great success!

  • Melissa Gunter says:

    Congratulations on 10 years of dedication and hard work! I was new to homeschooling and completely lost when a friend suggested several resources. Your site led me to Barbara Dewey’s summer class at Waldorf Without Walls. Your gentle writings combined with Barbara’s knowledge helped me settle into a comfortable, loving routine. I can honestly say that my girls lives have been changed forever by their home experiences. Keep up the good work.

  • siomac2012 says:

    What a milestone! It must be very satisfying to know what a profound impact you have had on so many children and their families.

  • Zane says:

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your story!

  • Maggie says:

    CONGRATULATIONS on your 10th Anniversary!!!
    What a great accomplishment and one that you can be so proud of!
    Your curriculum, blog and advice has always been very much appreciated, and has been a great support to all of us. May your time in Scotland be filled with joy and health, all the best on your new ventures.

  • Zaina Keeley says:

    So thankful for all you have given. You have really made my homeschool journey more rich.

  • Jackie says:

    Congratulations to you and thank you for all your hard work! We have 6 boys and while the first 4 were quite happy with a traditional nuts and bolts – textbook home school learning, our 5th needed more. Waldorf is the exact fit for him. Everything from the fantasy to the art to the stories make him love his school time (and I do too!). Your resources have been of great help to me.

  • Suzie says:

    Congratulations on an amazing journey. I love coming to your website to gain a little perspective and inspiration when needed. I am never disappointed. You do wonderful work!

  • Agnes Tang says:

    Though I am quite new in Waldorf teaching, having gone through the training but not putring into practice, I am starting some small private classes. I have been reading your website and finding it very inspiring and helpful. Will certainly be around and looking forward to learning more myself. Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

  • Liene Brizga says:

    I found Christopherus just yesterday, looking for resources to start Waldorf homeschooling for my 3 kids, and very happy to have found this! Congratulations on your long and sucessful journey, and I will be coming to this site for sure.

  • Penny says:

    I don’t want to be part of the drawing, as I already enjoy that book in my library, but I wanted to share my first Christopherus moment with you. I had been homeschooling for a year, and met a Waldorf inspired friend. A flurry of shared books later and she brought the overview to my house… and that was that. Oh sure I have used all KINDS of other stuff (doubt & fear are dangerous to both sanity and wallet), but now that I’ve been through this, that, and every other thing out there I can honestly say that it is YOUR voice, Donna, that has been the lasting one. I recently purged all my homeschool materials, and kept… yours. My youngest is in grade 5 now, and we need you more than ever! Thank you for sharing your journey, and profoundly influencing ours.

  • emily says:

    We have enjoyed your resources for years! This would be a great one to add to our collection! Here’s to ten years, Donna! Best wishes,
    Emily

  • celia self says:

    what an exciting journey we are just beginning, looking forward to enjoying it for many years to come. thanks

  • Magical and inspiring. You bring joy and fulfillment to us all!

  • Brieanne says:

    Happy ten year anniversay Donna! I am enjoying
    your first grade cirriculum, and can’t wait for second
    grade this year!

  • Amber Eames says:

    I am so so thankful for this resource! I plan on writing you more in depth later, but for now- thank you! This 1st grade experience we are having with my 7 year old son is literally changing our lives for the better. He is a budding natural scientist. He is literally obsessed with trees and the outdoors. Fingers crossed I win this book as it would be a perfect for Cole!

  • C Jones says:

    Christopherus has been such a helpful tool for my children — and I’ve enjoyed it as much as they have! It is such an exciting element to our time together. Thank you!

  • Brandy Masoncup says:

    Congratulations! It’s really something to see folks follow their passion and have it blossom as you have. You have a right to be proud.

  • Syndi says:

    congratulations! i’ve enjoyed reading the resources you provide!

  • Mary says:

    Congratulations. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Charissa says:

    Congrats on your ten year anniversary; how exciting! We’d love to win a copy of your book. 🙂

  • Laura says:

    Congratulations! We have used your curriculm for 3 years now. We love the flexibility of it as it truly addresses the homeschoolers needs.

  • Victoria Albright says:

    I sincerely appreciate all of the love and hard work that has gone into making these resources available.

  • Dianne says:

    Congratulations on your ten year anniversary . Thank you for all you do for the Waldorf Homeschool Community.

  • Julie says:

    A heartfelt thank you for all of the guidance you share!

  • Congratulations on your journey. I love that Nora has work in the curriculum that she sends out to families. Thank you for all of your work and help alone my homeschooling way!!

  • Susan says:

    Congratulations on ten years! Here’s to many more years of helping families homeschool with Waldorf.

  • Resa Dance says:

    Wonderful to hear your story. Thank you for helping so many with homeschooling the Waldorf way. Congratulations on 10 years!

  • jewels says:

    Thankyou sooooo much for all the lovely work you have put in to make this happen~heres to another ten years!

  • Janet Traweek says:

    It seems alot of families really appreciate what you’re offering, and we’re so glad your life path led you to help so many on this wonderful journey!

  • Toni says:

    I have recently discovered you and made my first purchase. Thankyou for sharing your knowledge. Congradulations!

  • Corinne Hansch says:

    I would love to read your book, thanks for the free giveaway! And thanks for the homeschooling inspiration….

  • Erin Todd says:

    So happy to have discovered Christopherus – affirming and inspiring.

  • Laura says:

    Hooray for you! Thanks for your support.

  • Julie Hairston says:

    This blog and the Christopherus curriculum we use are essential to our success! We’re so grateful.

  • Kristine says:

    Congratulations on 10 years. What a great accomplishment. Your books are wonderful.

  • Congratulations on 10 years!!! WOW what an amazing journey and a gift you are to all of us. I have been using Christopherus for two years and it has been a life changing experience for everyone in our family. Thank you for all that you do and I can’t wait to see what you will be doing int he future.

  • Carole says:

    I enjoy all your offerings, thank you, best wishes and happy new year.

  • Kate says:

    Congratulations! I have enjoyed utiling your geology/astronomy book in my son’s first year of homeschooling adventure. It keeps the sense of wonder in learning.

  • Amanda driessen says:

    Wow! I just had confirmation of being on the right path! We just purchased the kindergaten and joyful movement books a few months ago to begin our homeschool journey this year (in 1 month). We are excited and have found the books to be “honest, real & manageable” which is comforting. It has sparked my creative flame and interest in rudolf Steiner. I have just finished reading knowledge of higher worlds and freedom of philosophy – both very heavy reading but I took what I was able to deepen my understanding. So thank you for your wonderful gift to the world Donna and co – it is inspiring to know the dedication and passion you all had and still have to continue giving!
    Many blessings to you all x

  • Sunny Cordell says:

    As a Waldorf class teacher, I have always scoured the shelves each summer for resources and have happily invested through Rudolf Steiner bookstore in your timely well written publications. Thanks!

  • Mindy Fitch says:

    Thank you for all you do, and so glad you’ve made it this far! Here’s to many more years to come. Lots of folks (like us!) taking great comfort from your thoughtful, heartful work.

  • Paula ThompSon says:

    Congratulations! Your work is inspirational and so needed by the children and families of today.

  • Pamela says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! You’ve been such a big part of our homeschooling journey! thank you for all that you do!!!

  • Sheila says:

    I love your materials and use them daily for my 5th and 1st graders. We have homeschooled with Waldorf for 3 years now, and I find Christopherus is the one place that provides the depth and flexibility I need. Thank you Donna, Paul, Leigh and everyone else who makes it all happen.
    Best,
    Sheila Petruccelli

  • Mercedes says:

    i am thankful for this site, it always has the answer to whatever question I have…

  • isabelle says:

    Congrats ! 10 years wow!
    We have been introduced to your work 2 years ago. I still define ourselves as Waldorf Unschoolers but there defintely has been some tension between these 2 worlds in our household. I can’t wait to discover your unschooling and waldorf podcast.
    thanks for everything!
    Isabelle

  • Mary Lambert says:

    Just wanted to let everyone one know who has special needs children that their Waldorf journey can continue after highschool. Check out Camphill Village(just google search it).

  • Jen Mc says:

    Thank you a million times for all this wisdom and support. This is our fourth year homeschooling and everytime I get down in the dumps I just listen to one of your talks or read some of the first parts of your curricula and voila refreshed and ready to go on. Even if we are not always 100% awsomeness that we want to be your work is always encouraging and uplifting. We have also benifited greatly from the direct connection to the seasons and litergical year. Blessings Jen Mc

  • Laura says:

    It was neat to read the story of the roots of a curriculum I’ve heard so much about! Thanks for posting this one!

  • Stephanie says:

    Congratulations! How inspiring!

  • kristin says:

    congratulations to you!

  • nikki says:

    So interesting to read your story and I must say I so appreciate the work you have all done! I am using your 3rd.grade curriculum & other resources in our first year of homeschooling. I so appreciate it all!

  • Laurel says:

    In the past year and a half, your freely available and paid materials have been such a source of guidance and inspiration for me with my toddler/preschooler. Your work has helped me empower myself to do what is best for our family, even if it is off the beaten path. Blessings on you and your family as you continue the journey that has lighted the way for so many others. And congratulations on 10 years of Christopherus!

  • Melissa says:

    What a dream it is that there are folks with the will and the heart to put it all together for the rest of us to have a place to leap from. Thank you and congratulations!!

  • Congratulations on 10 years! Wonderful!

  • Danna says:

    Wonderful! And a great “celebration” giveaway!
    Blessings!

  • I personally love your publications, but since we are in Mexico, the problem for us is that most of our teachers don´t speak or read English, so your publications can only reach a limited number of us. It would be very good if we could get them in Spanish, since it is very difficult to get any Waldorf resources in our language.
    Georgina Bravo
    Colegio Yeccan Waldorf AC
    Guanajuato, Mexico.

  • Shannon says:

    Thank you so much for helping our transition to homeschool this year go smoothly.

  • Daniella Schefer says:

    Congratulations on ten years of hard work! We’re so glad for this wonderful resource! Thank you!

  • Bri Clapham says:

    Thanks so much for the chance to win!! 🙂
    All the best for another amazing 10 years!!
    I hope it’s filled with just as much adventure, blessing and excitement!!
    Take care,
    Bri.

  • Anne Moses says:

    Thank you for bringing your passion to the world. The Waldorf curriculum overview is invaluable to me!

  • Jenny says:

    Thanks so much for all you’ve provided thus far! We have definitely benefited from your resources. Peace and many blessings as you continue on your path.

  • lisa says:

    Congratulations on 10 wonderful years!
    I love all of your material every time I see/hear it. I am wanting to switch to Christopherus for my 3 kids-12, 10, and 7 yrs old. Thank you for all you have done!

  • Nancy says:

    Congrats on a decade! How time does fly!

  • jana celic says:

    i am truly appreciative of the waldorf way of life and christopherus for making the transition from mass way of life to a whole way of life easy! your passion is radiating. congratulations on 10 years and many more to come. thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Hi,
    Congrats on your anniversary, your story is really amazing and inspiring.

  • Zoe says:

    Thank you Donna for this supportive website…we have gone from struggling to cope with the rapid changes in UK main stream education into home education supported by your insights and my timely involvement in a not so local Steiner school. Followed by a house move, a Steiner Teacher Training course and a new part time job at the now local school, I am using my old home education resources, that you provided, to support my work. I feel blessed that my children, and also now my small class, are supported in their education by a network of loving adults. I am still closely linked with many home educators in the area and always recommend the Christopherus website to them. I look forward to seeing what the future will bring for us all!

  • Vanessa says:

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments!

  • Nichole goff says:

    I am so inspired! Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Melissa B says:

    I would love to be entered in this drawing. Thanks! 🙂

  • Jes says:

    Happy New Year! How wonderful you’ve had such an amazing homeschooling journey! Mine is just beginning. I’m grateful for people like you all. Xo Jes

  • Felicity Massey says:

    This is such a wonderful blog and for sticking with it so long. And thanks for the inspiration!

  • Lubka says:

    Happy Anniversary and thank you for all your hard work!

  • Hemla says:

    How wonderful. Thank you for sharing so much

  • Sarah IMpecoven says:

    Congratulations! And thank you for offering this opportunity!

  • Jennifer says:

    What a great story. It’s truly amazing how the ball rolls and grows over time. Nice work!

  • Joy Felgitscher says:

    Thanks for the inspiration, love that ebook…

  • Jody Whittle says:

    Thank You and Congratulations!!! Ten Years of hard work and wonderful results!!!! I bought Christopherus First Grade for my first child. Now my second is soon to start on that journey! How time seems to fly so fast. Here’s to many more blessed years to come!

  • Barbara Benson says:

    Congratulations on the ten year anniversary of Christopherus! I am happy to have grown up along with you for many of those years and privileged to still be a consultant for you. What wonderful changes for everyone.
    To give you an update on my household, my oldest son is now an analyst living and working in NYC and doing music when he has a moment. One twin is living and working in CA and the other twin is in his junior year of a management degree at IU. My oldest daughter has remained part time homeschooled (English, Math, History) in high school and also attends a small local public high school. Her current interests are art and environmental engineering. Her primary Waldorf homeschooling years prepared her well to be the straight A student that she is in high school. She also still dances and makes her beautiful Chinese and Celtic knot jewelry originally inspired from 4th grade Norse Myths! My youngest is in 7th now and still fully homeschooled. She is a talented gymnast and dancer and has started to assist in teaching at the studio.I do a small co-op with her and her best friend for a number of the main lesson units.
    This year(after videotaping our playroom) we finally let go of our large wooden Waldorf icons-the playstand built by my husband, the large wooden doll house, and a “gnome” wooden treehouse. They were lovingly given away to friends or donated to my church preschool. The end of the era (which amounted to a quarter of a century-a good run!) of childhood for me as a mom but the beginning of many new adventures in parenting. Thank you for all you have done for us and for so many families. Blessings on the next steps in the journey!
    Love,
    Barbara

  • Chelsea Moriarty says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! Switching to Christopherus has been wonderful for our family. We are very thankful for your work.

  • Lauren Genter says:

    Thank you for creating and sharing your experiences with our family! Loved the very comprehensive 2nd grade curriculum.

  • Sarah says:

    That looks like such a valuable resource. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Melinda says:

    Congrats on 10 years! We’re one of the originals from back in the day on yahoo 🙂 Glad to see you back Donna 🙂 What a blessing you’ve been to so many people!

  • Stephanie says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! Here’s to another 10 and more!

  • Rachael says:

    Thank you for your consideration and love to us all who learn each day .

  • Graham Thomsen says:

    You really have been pioneers. Thank you. Congratulations!

  • Terri says:

    Congratulations! I am so glad you are here. All of the materials I have seen of yours have resonated very deeply with me, and I am so eager to see more. Thank you for all your hard work, love and dedication!

  • Lucia Ruedenberg says:

    I am at the beginning of my journey into Waldorf homeschooling. Your Kindergarden and 1st grade curricula were the first materials I was introduced to through a friend. I am enchanted and overwhelmed and hopeful that I can provide my daughters what they need and deserve. Thank you for all your work and guidance.

  • Conce says:

    Congratulations for all the hard work and lives changed because of that. With love and light, Conce and Isabella

  • Anne B. says:

    Donna, I was so glad I found your voice in this vast domain of choice that is the Internet. I’ve enjoyed your Kindergarten resource, Joyful Movement and now the 1st grade curriculum with my 7 y.o. son. Though I mostly lurked on the Forum, now that I’m parenting a second child, I realize how much I’ve grown as a person, mother, and teacher and appreciate Christopherus’ resources in guiding me there.
    I would be interested in attending a conference if one were to be offered again. I enjoy personal interaction more than computer.
    Thanks for all your great work! May you continue to bless families with your talents.

  • dora says:

    Thank You Donna! What a wonder
    ful amd yes! inspiring story. I can’t wait to get my hands on your books 🙂 grateful to have stumbled upon your work!
    Dora, Maryland

  • Nicole Barrett says:

    Thank you for putting all your thoughts, wisdom, experience, and training into words and curriculums we can all use. Your love and kindness has shown through to the rest of us on the same homeschooling path. Much love and gratitude to you. God Bless you!

  • paula says:

    What a wonderful story! Toy are lucky to be able to excel at what you love! We are researching different curriculum .. trying to find the right Waldorf homeschool mix. Your site is a treat resource! Thank you 😉

  • Kristy clarke says:

    Thank you for believing in something so much you inspire countless others………I am thrilled to be on the tip of an amazing adventure forward through life with my children with the warm guidance to support me when it all feels a little too much .

  • Adella says:

    Hi. I just stumbled upon your website. I’m enthralled! I would love a copy of From Nature Stories to Natural Science. It sounds perfect for my boys. Thank you.

  • Kimberly says:

    Congratulations! We have enjoyed your resources so much over the years. What a lovely giveaway!

  • Micki says:

    Congratulations! and blessings on your new journey in Scotland. We are just starting our endeavor to create a neighborhood “school”. Thank you for all of your great resources

  • Raysun says:

    I’m so glad I found your site! I can’t wait to read more and have some great guidelines for our children’s educational path. Thank you!

  • Marina says:

    Congratulations on 10 years!!! I’m finding your blog very inspiring, and I think I need that right now! I’m looking for our curriculum to start 1st grade in the fall! YAY!

  • Margot says:

    I am just beginning my homeschooling journey (and am waiting on a couple of your Early Years books) but I am sure I will be turning to your site again for guidance and inspiration!

  • Rosa says:

    Congrats! Beautiful story!

  • Kellie says:

    Congratulations on your wonderful journey!

  • Cynthia Watkins says:

    Oh wow what a wonderful story and congrats on 10 years of service. We are just begging our homeschool journey my eldest daughter graduated from our local Waldorf school, and it was a wonderful school, but I have decided to homeschool my two youngest. Your curriculum has been highly recomended to me and I thank you for the opportunity to win you book, as a way to sample what you offer.

  • Rain says:

    I’m so grateful to read this story as I’m just beginning to envision a life of homeschooling my son. It’s supportive to hear of the trials and growth process of a woman now such a widely lauded leader in this nurturing and beautiful movement!

  • Beth Lazor says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us! It is inspirational! Blessings and Light, Beth

  • Megan N. says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! I have just found your site and curriculum and am excited to delve more deeply into it. I’d love to read this book. Great giveaway; thanks for the opportunity.

  • Jen says:

    Congratulations and thank you for all that you do! I appreciate your work and all that you offer.

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