Here is a new curriculum from the wonderful Orthodox Christian mothers whose blogs I often read:
(Update 12/10 — a kind mother pointed out to me this link is not working…here is the most up to date website I have: http://evlogiaonline.com/. Update 8/2014 – these links are not working. I believe the author has a new blog no longer focused on this curriculum and the work of this curriculum has been picked up by a different Orthodox mother. I think if you run a search you should be able to track it down).
This is a Orthodox Christian curriculum with some elements we find in Waldorf Education. The authors have been working on this for awhile, and now it is officially “unveiled”. I like how they showed so much honor to teaching through art, and their opening story of turning seven and being ready for more formal learning. Very inspiring, and I hope helpful to some of you out there!
I am always on the look out for the names of any curriculums that are Christian with some alliance with the principles of Waldorf education, or any other religious affiliation with Waldorf elements, because mothers ask…It would be nice to have a resource here with a listing. I know Judaic and Islamic families who are also searching for a more tailored Waldorf curriculum.
A few other Christian with Waldorf element kinds of curriculum/special occasion ideas:
And Annette at Seasons of Joy’s wonderful Advent ebook:
Please leave a comment! I also know some of you have strong spiritual beliefs and have beautiful blogs, please feel free to leave those in the comment box as well. 🙂
Thank you for helping your fellow mothers and for everyone supporting each other,
Here’s a great christian/waldorf resource that’s FREE!
Carrie, I’m combining Waldorf education with our Catholic faith. I’m using Live Education! and German materials (I’m from Germany). Here’s my blog:
I am homeschooling mother using the Enki Edcuation curriculum. Enki is not religious, but it does have a strong spiritual/meditation/mindfulness component. It is also fimly rooted in Waldorf traditions.
Enki Education can be found here: http://www.enkieducation.org/.
My daughters are young, so I don’t write much about our ‘schooling’ yet; I do write about my struggles and joys as a mother. http://www.amabellen.blogspot.com
I am so grateful for your blog, Carrie. Your peaceful encouragement and wisdom have been so helpful to me over the past month. Thank you ever so much for taking the time to write.
It was lovely to see this post today as your blog and evlogia are my two favorites and I check both almost daily for support and inspiration. I am an Orthodox mom with a passion for Waldorf education and parenting. I am in the midst of trying to figure out how to merge the newly unveiled “Letters of Grace” with Christopherus 1st grade syllabus, as I really like both, without losing the integrity of each. Any thoughts? —Mary
Marianne, I love evologia and Charming The BirdsFrom The Trees too…I do have ideas for you, I think I will write a post about it…Stay tuned!
Hi Carrie – Just wanted to pass on that I have given you a ‘beautiful bloggers award’ http://notesonanaria.blogspot.com/2010/04/beautiful-blogger-award.html Thanks so much for your awesome posts – such a wonderful blog! xx
Oh, Melissa, thank you so very much!!!
Melissa, How absolutely sweet of you! Thank you so much!!
I’m looking forward to your post on combining Christopherus with Evlogia’s and others, Carrie. I love Elizabeth Foss’s Serendipity and find that dip into her lessons often.
“Christian with Waldorf Elements” – I really like the way you phrase that. I think I’ll be borrowing that 🙂
I do have a Christian heritage that I want to celebrate with my children, but one thing that I feel uncomfortable with in many of my Waldorf resources is it’s heavy focus on anglo-saxon festivals. there’s a multicultural festivals book (by Hawthorn press I think?) and I would love to hear what people think of that. I would love to include other festivals and customs into our yearly rhythm, and have been searching the library this week for inspiration. You always write posts about exactly what is on my mind, Carrie! 🙂
Jane, I do not have that book so would be interested as well.
Anyone, anyone, anyone?
I’d love to see some pagan resources … one of the things I like about Waldorf is the emphasis on outside, nature, naturl rhythms, seasons…so it already fits nicely with paganism…If anyone has any–i’m all ears.
Jennifer – I know Melisa Nielsen’s work often includes the pagan festivals. You may want to peek over at A Little Flower Garden.
We are a Vaisnava (one of the branches of Hinduism) family and have incorporated a lot of Waldorf/Steiner’s teachings in our home life. Our daughter also goes to a Waldorf school.
I have found that so much is compatible as almost everyone was living a simpler life everywhere around the globe 200 years ago.
The first link: http://evlogia.typepad.com/letters did not work. I was hoping to find out more on this, any thoughts?
I think I remember hearing that the website crashed or something? You may want to email Mary directly off her blog if there is a way to do that and ask. If you cannot find an answer, email or comment me back and I will throw a blog post on my blog and see if any of my Orthodox mothers can answer your question.
PS the current website address I have is this one: http://evlogiaonline.com/
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Hi I am wondering if you know whether this resource still exists? Thanks.
It does not exist on that site anymore; I believe an Orthodox mother took up the task of continuing that curriculum. However, I do not know the new website offhand, but I think if you search diligently it should turn up.