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I Wish I Had Bought This Book First

After much deliberation, I finally got your overview book. Needless to say, I wish this would have been the first book I bought when I found out about Waldorf. It is wonderful!

I have to say you have challenged me, in a good way and in several ways. All my life, since I was a kid, I always wanted to be a stay at home mom. As a matter of fact, I often chuckle when I think that my guidance counselor when I was in high school would get so frustrated with me because he wanted me to go to college, and when he asked me what I wanted to do with my life I told him, “Get married and have kids!”. My point being that in the chapter that you talk about homemaking and being fulfilled, it really hit me, if this is what I have always wanted to do with my life, why am I so grumpy all the time, and why am I always searching for “time alone” away from my kids? I honestly believe that it is a mindset that I have had (stay at home moms need to get some time away from their children to feel refreshed), and that needs to get straightened out. And your overview has done that. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that we as moms need time to re-group and time to ourselves, but I was taking it to extremes, and taking it out on my children.

The other way you have challenged me is the TV! I have been trying to work on the kids watching less TV, but it wasn’t really working. In your overview, you talk about this, and challenge us as parents to watch what we do in our own free-time. Do we veg in front of the TV, or do we do something productive? And guess what I was doing? It has been interesting today (I got your overview 2 days ago and am halfway through it <grin>) to watch myself and to pay attention to what is going on in my head. I get bored, I turn on the TV. I want to veg, I turn on the TV. So I am watching myself and seeing what I do that the kids are picking up on.

Well anyway, I must go tend to my youngsters, but thank you for your publications. I am looking forward to getting the first grade syllabus, the new LA books, and your science book in the near future.


Lisa F.

So Many Positive, Thoughtfully Expressed Ideas


I am very excited to learn you are writing a kindergarten book!! I have recently received my edition of the Waldorf Curriculum Overview you wrote and am so pleased! Although I am only in the middle of it, I am enjoying it thoroughly. I have to say how much I love what you say about the stay-at-home parent/homemaker/educator. I have never received so many positive, thoughtfully expressed ideas from any other source. This book is just what I have been searching for, with great frustration, for several years now.

Thank you thank you thank you!!!


Elizabeth Texas USA

The Overview Is Thorough ... Very User-friendly

Thank you Donna for writing this book! [The Christopherus Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers] What a treasure it is! I wish I had this book two years ago when we began our Waldorf homeschooling journey. The Overview is thorough, comprehensive, encouraging, supportive and very user-friendly. It does such a fine job of addressing the needs of the homeschooler who is working to adapt what is taught in Waldorf schools to the home environment. You show how homeschooling with Waldorf is indeed accessible and need not be overwhelming. Reading this book helped me put things into perspective and see things in a whole new light. In reading this book, I have come across many things that resonate deeply – they are just what I need to “hear”. I am highly recommending this book to my friends and anyone else who is looking to homeschooling with Waldorf.



Kathy Florida USA

Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers

The essential guide to Waldorf-inspired homeschooling!

by Donna Simmons


  • Format: Book
  • Extent: 273 pages, spiral bound
  • Product code: CHR0001

Note: this item is printed on demand, which can take up to 5 days. It will be shipped by Lulu.

Here is a new edition of our popular Waldorf Curriculum Overview! This second edition has much more teaching advice; step-by-step guidance; information about child development; and is altogether far richer in Waldorf pedagogy and methodology than its predecessor. There are more pictures and more how to’s and this new edition is now in line with the Christopherus curriculum (which was written after the original Overview). Indeed, this new edition of the Overview is primarily for those interested in working with our curriculum year by year and who wish to understand the scope, progression and reasoning behind the curriculum as it progresses through the grades. Having said that, DIYers, parents of children in Waldorf schools and Waldorf teachers will all find much that is useful, informative and inspiring in this unique publication.


Part One
Waldorf Education and Homeschooling
A Visit to a Waldorf School
The Waldorf Home
Homeschooling with Waldorf
Therapeutic Waldorf
Part Two
Grade by Grade
Topic by Topic
Language Arts
Handwork, Crafts and Gardening
Foreign Language
History (including Fairy Tales, Legends & Myths)
Art – Drawing, Painting and Modeling
Form Drawing
Movement, Games and Sports
Human Sexuality
Health & Safety
Part Three
Home is not School
Nuts and Bolts
Questions & Answers


Our Overview is printed in black and white but homeschoolers will want to see the color version from our drawing section in color. Click here to view them.

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