Interview with Kristie Burns – Waldorf Education and Earthschooling Curriculum

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Are you looking for an educational method that addresses the whole child? 


Our family has been using Waldorf curriculums for years and we really love Earthschooling. I am so excited to have Kristi Burns with us on the podcast sharing all about Waldorf education and Earthschooling.

In this episode we talk all about Waldorf Education.
How Earthschooling got started
What is Waldofr education?
How to teach multiple children
And advice for new homeschoolers

Kristie is the Dean of Students and Director of Curriculum Development at Earthschooling

Dr. Kristie Burns, Mh, ND, Ph.D. has an BA in Anthropology and Linguistics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She holds a masters and doctorate degree in plant biology and Naturopathy. She was trained as an early childhood Waldorf teacher and as an early-childhood Montessori assistant. Kristie has also attended and taught at numerous Waldorf Education Conferences from 1998 to 2009. Kristie worked as a private tutor from 1989 to 1995 and was an ESL tutor, and photography instructor at the American University in Cairo from 1991-1993.

Kristie taught classes and served as the director at a Waldorf-inpired Enrichment School in an International community for four years and at a Waldorf-inspired Enrichment School in Iowa for an additional six years. Kristie Burns has been creating Waldorf-inspired curriculum with a consulting board of professional Waldorf teachers since 1994. Kristie is also a Certified Wildlife Educator through the ZAA. Earthschooling was the first Waldorf curriculum to be offered online. When Earthschooling first started Kristie was advised against even trying to put Waldorf education online and was told that nobody would be interested in an online version of Waldorf education.

Her three children are now grown. Her eldest daughter is near completion of her Masters in Social Work degree and currently manages www.WaldorfBooks.com while also helping her run Earthschooling with an extended group of contractors and staff. Her youngest daughter writes music and stories and is pursuing a music career in LA after soaking up years of storytelling and music in her mom’s Waldorf classes. Her son is an accomplished electrician’s apprentice who loves creating and building things with his hands and can build almost anything once given the idea and a few instructions.

What is Earthschooling?

Earthschooling is a secular Waldorf curriculum that offers everything you need including curriculum, videos, support, stories and more. You can read all about that here https://earthschooling.info/thebearthinstitute/what-is-earthschooling/

So what is Waldorf Education?

Now that is a bigger explanation and Kristi does a wonderful job of explaining that in the podcast. But Waldorf is based on the works of Rudolf Steiner who included the head, heart and hands into creating a holistic approach to learning. Topics are introduced at developmentally ready stages in our children’s lives according to what is going on for them. I also appreciate that handiwork and the arts are just as important as core subjects.

How can we connect with you?

The best way to connect with us is by visiting www.Earthschooling.com and following us on Instagram @Earthschooling. Once you go to the landing page and read through it the next place I would recommend going to is the main SHOP page which you can get to by clicking on the SHOP tab at the top. Don’t scroll down to any of the categories. Just click SHOP. This will take you to a page with a bunch of icons that are fun to browse through and they give you a good idea of what we have available. We have everything from single lesson blocks to core curriculum, to curriculm packages and now, even a new project called The BEarth Academy, where we have real teachers teaching classes online for students.
If you go to www.EarthschoolingFREE.com you can download three free full items and a lot of samples. There is also a tour through Earthschooling video there as well as samples of the curriculum from each grade.

Connect with Earthschooling
Instagram: @Earthschooling: https://www.instagram.com/earthschooling/
Facebook Page: (for announcements, newsletters, special offers) www.Earthschooling.com: https://www.facebook.com/Earthschool/
Facebook Group: (For questions/connections): Earthschooling Public Discussion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EarthschoolingPublic/
E-mail: CustomerService@TheBEarthInstitute.com

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