Waldorf Homeschooling- Curriculum

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If your child is in the grades, you may be looking at curriculum,
books, classes and materials to get ready for next year.

Of course, if you have younger children, you may just be
starting your homeschooling journey. That is exciting!

It can be confusing trying to figure out what will work for you.

For new curriculum, the best advice is to talk to other
moms who have used the one you are considering. Ask what they
liked and did not like. Try to get a feel for the style of the curriculum.
Is it all laid out for you? Or is it just concepts that you will have to
fill in? Rigorous or following state regulations?

A lot of moms use many different resources combined (me included)
but sometimes that can lead to purchasing “too much” and then only
using a few items.

If you have a local Waldorf co-op you may plan to all get together and
compare notes and books.

If you are more isolated and there are no moms around,
check out the yahoo groups for ideas or The Waldorf Connection
Facebook group. We also have the Curriculum Review Pak available
in our store (great resource!)

Ideally, just getting a feel for what is coming in the next year is a great start.
Immerse yourself into the stories and ideas. If it is fairytales, read some.
Pick ones that feel your child would benefit from. For 2nd grade Fables & Saints,
the library has many options for you.

For newbies, it may feel overwhelming all that you have to know and do, but
taking time now to get familiar with the materials will go a long way to boosting
confidence.

Start painting and using block crayons if you are new to the Waldorf techniques.
Some moms do a practice main lesson book with the stories pictures and summaries.
Then when school starts, you already have it ready

Take it step-by-step a little at a time and know that you don’t have to know
and do everything at once! Just get your first block ready and once you
get into it you will relax and enjoy this amazing method.

 You can do it!

Donna

The Planning Itch- Waldorf Homeschooling

It seems to start about this time of the year. We think
“Wow! Are we coming into the home-stretch of our school
year? Time to start thinking of next year”

 

Of course, if you have younger children, you may just be
starting your homeschooling journey. That is exciting!

For veteran homeschoolers, you may want to take a look at how your
current curriculum is working out. Is it a fit for you and your
child and lifestyle?

For new curriculum, the best advice is to talk to other
moms who have used the one you are considering. Ask what they
liked and did not like. Try to get a feel for the style of the curriculum.
Is it all laid out for you? Or is it just concepts that you will have to

fill in? Rigorous or following state regulations?

A lot of moms use many different resources combined (me included)
but sometimes that can lead to purchasing “too much” and then only
using a few items.

If you have a local Waldorf co-op you may plan to all get together and

compare notes and books. This is what the Atlanta based Waldorf group
The Peach Cobblers (co-started by Carrie Dentdler of The Parenting Passageway)
do. I drive over and spend the weekend in blissful Waldorf-ness. It is nice to
have that feedback. If you are more isolated and there are no moms around,
check out the yahoo groups for ideas and there is a forum for members
of the International Association of Waldorf Homeschooling group.

Ideally, just getting a feel for what is coming in the next year is a great start.
Immerse yourself into the stories and ideas. If it is fairytales, read some.
Pick ones that feel your child would benefit from. 2nd grade Fables & Saints,
the library has many options for you.

For newbies, it may feel overwhelming all that you have to know and do, but
taking time now to get familiar with the materials will go a long way to boosting
confidence.

Start painting and using block crayons if you are new to the Waldorf techniques.
Some moms do a practice main lesson book with the stories pictures and summaries.
Then when school starts, you already have it ready

Take it step-by-step a little at a time and know that you don’t have to know
and do everything at once! Just get your first block ready and once you
get into it you will relax and enjoy this amazing method.

- See more at: http://thewaldorfconnection.com/the-planning-itch-waldorf-homeschooling/#sthash.RFIz7oZl.dpuf

  • Iria Doescher

    Donna,

    I have successfully used Christopherus for the last two years. I love it, with the exception that the guidance for the middle school years is minimal, and I spent a lot of time and money finding other resources, especially for physics and math. I love Christopherus for the lower grades because of how well Donna Simmons lays it all out for you. I was set on buying the OM curriculum for the coming school year because of how it is laid out and the parent/ teacher manual, but then purchased Waldorf Essentials instead. I also had a consultation with Rainbow Rosenbloom from Live Education. He made 7th grade sound very simple to teach with their curriculum. The more I read about all the choices, the more lost I get. I have 5 children, one will attend public school because she needs speech therapy, but will most likely come back home for first grade. What combination of curriculums have you used/ are you using? There is also always the financial aspect to everything. Do you have any suggestions?