We hope to serve as a digital media resource for anyone interested in educating children in the twenty-first century. We are not a school, nor are we a training center, but our roots lie in Waldorf education, which in turn arises out of Anthroposophy, a worldview promulgated by Rudolf Steiner. As a media company, we have developed a web site as a means to share as much about Waldorf education’s roots and fruits as we can with the widest possible audience. We hope that millennialchild.com is helpful to all who visit it. To view a biography of Eugene Schwartz, the site’s creator, click here.
Overview of Our Free Resources
Stories for Advent & HanukkahDuring his 25 years as a class teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School, Eugene Schwartz was often asked to serve as school spokesman when non-Christian parents questioned the school’s emphasis on Christian festivals. These questions would always intensify during the Christmas Season. Many irate parents had not been warned that “Christmas” stretched from Advent to Three Kings’ Day, and included appearances by Santa Lucia and St. Nicholas, as well as a classroom Advent Calendar and Nativity creche.
Rather than share the usual Waldorf blandishments about the “universality of finding Light in the Darkness” etc, Eugene began to create stories that could be told to the Grades 1 -12 student body at school assemblies. Some of the stories speak directly to Advent, and others to Hanukkah. He knew that many students would share these stories with their parents, and he trusted that the children’s enthusiasm would in turn help their parents understand the bridge that a Waldorf school was capable of erecting between differing religious paths.
Over the years, most of these stories have become staples of Waldorf Advent assemblies; since its creation in 1985, The Miracle of the Menorah has been told at over 1300 assemblies worldwide. We are pleased to share these stories with you, your school, and your children. Click on a link to download the PDF.
What Happened to a Blade of Grass
The Solitary Swan
The Story of a Stone
Judith and Jason
The Tale of Rabbi Shammai
The Miracle of the Menorah
If you would like to go more deeply into the spiritual affinities between the Jewish and Christian winter festivals, read this essay:
Advent and Hanukkah in the Light of Anthroposophy by Eugene Schwartz
Download e.Theric, our unique App for the iPhone & the iPad
In homage to the “etheric world” that figures so importantly in the education of the child — and that appears so prominently in anthroposophical literature — we have renamed our app e.Theric.
We believe that our new designation reflects the fact that this app is not only about education, but is representative of Anthroposophy as well. In fact, among the nearly 2 million apps available to iPhone users, we are the only app offering anthroposophical content.
Concurrently, we are working hard on an Android version that may be downloaded by the 75% of smartphone users who do not own an iPhone. In the meantime, please help yourself to the many free resources available on this website by clicking on the “HOME” tab in the upper left hand corner of this page. Don’t have an iPhone or iPad? Watch a preview of this remarkable app in our User’s Guide video:
To purchase the e.Theric App, click on the App Store Icon below:
With Eugene Schwartz, Roberto Trostli,
Meg Chittenden, and Raine Springer
From June through September 2015, hundreds of Northern Hemisphere teachers took part in the Online Conferences. Their evaluations were stellar, and we are pleased to offer the rich content, affordable entry fees and convenient format to teachers in the Southern Hemisphere. Choose any 14-day period between December 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016.
See for yourself: Click here to get more details, read conference tables of contents and experience samples of a variety of audio and video presentations. And click here to register.
A Note to Homeschoolers About the Online Conferences
As you’ve searched the Internet for homeschooling resources, you’ve probably come across many sites promoting “Ten Easy Steps to Teaching Grade Three,” “Waldorf Shortcuts for Busy Parents,” “Ninety Minutes to Grade Seven Mastery,” and so on. If only it were that simple! . . . . . Click here to read more
Eugene is available for phone consultations with teachers, home educators, and parents. Click here for more information.
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Receive free downloads of Help from the Hierarchies and Homeschooling: Necessity and Challenge, lectures by Eugene Schwartz. Mailing list members will be the first to learn of new podcasts, articles, and CD releases. Click here to join the list.
The Online Conferences for
Special Subject Teachers December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016
With Eugene Schwartz and Raine Springer
Special subject teachers play an increasingly important role in today’s Waldorf setting. The demands of their multi-grade assignments are great, but most Waldorf schools cannot afford to provide them with the mentoring and professional development opportunities that are commonly granted to class teachers. The Online Conferences for Special Subject Teachers are intended to bridge that gap. Click here to learn more. Click here to register.
The Rudolf Steiner Course may now be downloaded: “Like Having a Foundation Year on My Computer!”
That is how one teacher described her experience of the 25-hour long course by Eugene Schwartz -- the most comprehensive treatment of Rudolf Steiner’s life and work ever given in English. The complete contents of the Rudolf Steiner Course given in March, 2011, are now available and may be purchased as downloads of single segments.
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Become a Member of MillennialChild.com
Help us continue to offer the growing number of free digital resources that are improving the quality of education offered to thousands of children around the world. An annual membership of $50, or a monthly membership of $5, helps us purchase and maintain the hardware, software, and Internet service providers that are necessary for a site that offers so much. Annual Members receive a 30% discount on CD Downloads and one free phone consultation a year with Eugene Schwartz; Monthly Members receive a 20% discount on Downloads.
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