I am thinking about high school again as I ordered some things for ninth grade (next fall; we are halfway through eighth grade) in with the Christmas orders! LOL. You can see my post about Homeschooling High School: Should You? about some of the factors in deciding to homeschool high school, but today I want to talk a little bit about some of the Waldorf resources specific to homeschooling high school!
The tiny amount of resources available for those of us Waldorf homeschooling high school is growing!
Here is what I know of at this writing:
First of all, I think everyone considering homeschooling high school should read “Education For Adolescents” (free PDF) and “Kinesthetic Learning For Adolescents” (free)
For all subjects, there are some free resources available through The Online Waldorf Library. These include compendiums on high school subjects throughout all the grades. I have found great articles, ebooks and more regarding high school math; high school history and literature; high school science.
For math especially, there are publications available for purchase through Waldorf Publications and through Whole Spirit Press for Making Math Meaningful’s High School work.
For more complete curriculum:
Pieces of Live Education!can be used for early high school
Earthschooling has a high school curriculum written by Waldorf teachers for grades 9-12 – digital/video format.
Waldorf Essentials– Melisa Nielsen offer coaching for the high school grades, which is also free for members of her Thinking, Feeling, Willing program. Waldorf Essentials has a ninth grade guide, and is working on other guides for grades 10-12.
There is a resource several people have alerted me too, Melisa Nielsen of Waldorf Essentials included, which is the course about the high school Main Lesson by Waldorf teacher Charisse Louw from Cape Town, South Africa. Here is a link to a course, with a special price that extends until Black Friday (the day after American Thanksgiving): Waldorf High School Main Lesson: The Word
Jean Miller also does wonderful consulting; here is a post about what Waldorf homeschooling in high school looked like for her and her three children.
Christopherus is working on their high school curriculum and working with students directly. This is an abbreviated version of a note from Donna Simmons (full text on The Parenting Passageway Facebook page):
As many of you know, Christopherus is now expanding into high school. We are completing our middle grades curriculum (6th gr available in June 2019) and have already made a start with high school.
I am currently teaching language arts with an emphasis on writing and also history,via small group phone calls and individualized assignments, to a group of 9th graders. Our first semester is drawing to a close and there is the possibility of a few new students joining us in the new year. We do not use computer-bases learning in any way and indeed, half the class do not have their own emails.
I am also starting to compile a list of present 8th graders interested in joining the Fall program for 9th graders. This list is getting long! Do get on it if you are interested!
I am about to create an audio download about preparing for 9th grade for all parents of homeschooled 8th graders, whether they wish to work with me or not. Our present group has had a steep learning curve in terms of deadlines and other expectations! I will help parents prepare in advance for some of this in the course of their 8th grade. Watch our newsletter, another special announcement email and homepage for further details.
If you are interested in any of this, please email me as soon as possible. Again, if you are interested n the winter/spring 9th gr classes,please get in touch immediately as it takes a bit of time for us to explore this possibility.
I would be very, very grateful if friends of Christopherus would kindly spread the word about these programs to anyone who might be interested. I am currently developing a 6 week residential program on an off-grid site for students 16-19 which will be very exciting! Keep in touch if this interests you!
These are the resources I am aware of, hopefully with more to come as the Waldorf homeschooling high school market increases and there is more demand!