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Renee Schwartz

Hello! I have four children (ages 21, 19, 18, and 8) and I have been a Waldorf homeschool consultant since 2005. Thousands of people a year from around the world visit my website. I hold an M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction, with additional training in Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia methods. I am currently part of Cycle 11 of the Applied Arts Program for Waldorf Handwork teachers ( I am also the lead teacher at Little Bluestem, a homeschool co-op located in Southern Illinois ( I share my ongoing collection of curriculum notes from my own classroom for free online at Please note that I am an Amazon Affiliate.

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About this course

Welcome to this short 2-day course on planning for the Column Algorithms main lesson block in Waldorf.  Set aside a weekend in your schedule and dive in!  The focus in this course is how to incorporate the hands-on color-coded Montessori math manipulative to help your child build a firm understanding of Place Value.  The Montessori approach moves children gently and sequentially through a series of steps that takes them from working with concrete materials to understanding the concepts abstractly (pencil & paper only) for all four operations.  Lots of videos and teaching ideas are included!  This course series has a focus on collaboration and group support in lesson planning, along with personalized help from me.  Make friends and ask questions as you work through this inspiring, do-able, step by step course.  Just $30.00.  This is a 'go at your own pace course' and you can refer to it forever!