8th Grade

  • The Wholeness of Astronomy

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    The following is the introduction to the Teacher’s Guide for our new publication, A Year of Astronomy, available to purchase mid January 2019. On the one hand, astronomy is such an obvious and simple subject to study—all one needs to…

  • Astronomy–finally!

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    Whewf! It’s taken quite a bit to birth this book–or rather, these books or materials! I have been working on this for quite some time as those of you wanting to purchase our astronomy curriculum know. Astronomy is a homeschooler’s…

  • Empathy and the teen

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    Just going through old blog posts and deleting dated or no longer relevant posts…and stumbled upon this goodie. I read it and was pleased to see that I still agree with what I originally wrote below! The following is an…

  • The Christopherus Geography Curriculum

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    by Donna Simmons   From one point of view, you could say that a study of geography is the heart of the Waldorf curriculum—it is the discipline that connects and enlivens much of the rest of the curriculum. History, science…

  • 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…

  • 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….

  • Classical Physics

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    By Donna Simmons For science this semester, we are focusing mainly on physics. For a number of years I have been aware of the Teaching Company, an organization which produces lecture series on every topic imaginable, delivered by hand-picked college…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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