I am so happy to be gathering resources for fall, and want to share some of the new things I have discovered. Some of these are Waldorf Education resources, and some are mainstream resources that I am using for upper level subjects or resources . Enjoy some of these titles that might (or might not) be new to you! ( I have absolutely no affiliation with anything listed here; just simply sharing some of my finds).
- “Exploring Nature With Children” ebook – this is a fantastic nature curriculum you can use across ages and grades. Lynn is completely familiar with Waldorf Education and is a reader of this blog, in fact! (Hi Lynn!) It covers an ENTIRE year (summer months too!) and is only 15 dollars with a viewpoint that is easily used with Waldorf or Charlotte Mason homeschoolers (or anyone interested in nature studies!) It has suggestions for books, artwork, writing, observation, and more. Highly recommend. There is a code for a 20 percent discount until Saturday, June 3rd: NATURE20.
- “Learning To Breathe: A Mindfulness Curriculum For Adolescents to Cultivate Emotion Regulation, Attention, and Performance” by Patricia C. Broderick, PhD. This is a book regarding emotional regulation, stress-reduction skills, and mindfulness techniques with a 6 or 18 week program for adolescents. There are separate student workbooks. I am planning on using this with both my tenth grader as part of our year long health course and our seventh grader, whose physiology block will dovetail with high school health. I think talking plainly about emotions and tools to deal with stress and emotional regulation are very important for this generation of children. I am grateful mine are old enough to have plain discussion about this subject, although I will be delving into more depth with my high schooler than my seventh grader.
- “Embryology Experienced Through Modeling In Clay” by Christian Breme (sold through Waldorf Publications). This book comes with a DVD, and will be a part of our Embryology block in tenth grade, along with the next product:
- “Embryo In Motion: Understanding Ourselves As Embryo” by Jaap van der Wal. This is a complete DVD lecture set to help me understand the anthroposophic viewpoint of embryology.
- ““The Poetry Handbook”” by Mary Oliver. A block of epic poetry is a traditional mainstay of tenth grade, and usually one hears about Gilgamesh, The Odyessey and the like, but I want to extend the art of looking at poetry and writing poetry into the twice a week writing I am doing with combining our seventh and tenth grader.
- ““The Dyscalculia Toolkit” by Ronit Bird, for ages 6-14 with 200 activities and 50 games to help solidify. Some of the games I will be using with our second grader just as fun things to do, and some of the things I will be using with our seventh grader to review basics in a new and different way.
- “Math In The Garden” – I love this book. I originally couldn’t find this book for under 50 to 100 dollars and requested it through inter-library loan. I really enjoyed it and thought it had some wonderful ideas, and now have found where to order it for 30 dollars. I am very excited to work through the projects in this book!
- “A Waldorf Journey Podcast” – I have enjoyed many of these episodes and it is always nice for me, as a homeschooler, to hear how things are done in a particular classroom, and to stimulate my own thought of how this relates to our homeschooling journey. (Hello to Meredith!).
- “Spelling By Hand” by Jeremy Hermann (sold through Waldorf Publications). I am looking forward to receiving this resource and promise a full review on this when it arrives here! It is booklet-sized at only 36 pages, but I have heard good reviews on this product.
- Jamie York’s Middle School Math Conference. The middle school grades are online, and very accessible. I will be taking the seventh grade math conference and am looking forward to it.
I hope some of these resources are inspiring to you as you homeschool plan! Please share with me any resources that you are finding wonderful right now.
Hey Carrie! Thanks for the plug! Just wait till you hear this week’s episode! Interview with Jean Miller — homeschooling pro!
Thank you, Meredith. Jean is wonderful – she recently lead circle time and presented some wonderful sessions at the Waldorf Homeschool Conference in Orlando, FL earlier this month. It was lovely to be with her!
Carrie, thank you so much for your kind words, and support! I currently have a 20% discount code running on ENWC, which is valid until Saturday 3rd of June: NATURE20
Would it be possible to let your readers know?
I just added the discount code to the body of the post. Thank you so much!
Thank you Carrie!
Wonderful resources, Carrie! Thanks for sharing. It’s such fun discovering new gems or finding old ones we can continue using. I too love Math in the Garden and Meredith’s A Waldorf Journey Podcast (it was great chatting with her for the upcoming episode!). I just ordered Spelling by Hand (it looks good). And can’t wait to check out Mary Oliver’s Poetry Handbook! A new acquisition for me is Elizabeth Auer’s Learning to See the World through Drawing (beautiful pictures and covers all 8 grades). It was wonderful spending the day presenting with you in Orlando! Let’s do it again sometime!
Thanks for this post! I just purchased the nature curriculum – it looks wonderful!
Somehow I missed this post before now! I am nodding to a handful of the resources you listed and making note of a couple to explore! I love Exploring Nature with Children! I wish I had seen this sooner, I would have passed the discount code along to friends. Math in the Garden came out of the Lawrence Hall of Science, which has incredible resources. It has a number of wonderful activities for a variety of ages. Thank you for sharing resource ideas!