Imagine, you and your children are sitting in your homeschool room diligently working on lessons. You sing, you paint and then the timer goes off to let you know the homemade bread is ready for snack time.
Ok, back to reality right? Perhaps the real scene is more like children
running around the house, you’re trying to get dressed while wondering if
today’s lesson is actually ready to go. Homemade bread? You’re just hoping the dish fairy will clean up the granola and yogurt bowls from breakfast so you can use the sink to mix paint.
There can be so many moving parts when it comes to Waldorf in your home.
How can you make homeschooling with Waldorf do-able?
I teach my clients to do it step-by-step. Once you know the process, it is much
easier and feels like it can fit into your day.
Key 1: Understand Homeschooling with Waldorf methods.
This is much different from traditional homeschooling and you must know the basics to bring this magical holistic education to your child.
There are no text books and the lessons are taught through stories, art, music and
nature. Sounds great doesn’t it? It is. But it also means the teacher (aka YOU) have to lead circle time, storytelling, painting and drawing in a main lesson book.
Key 2: Scheduling/Rhythm
This is almost Step 1, but knowing about Waldorf does come first. However, this is uber important and could make or break your homeschool efforts. I have created entire course, ebooks and programs around this #1 requested topic.
In fact, I invite you to the 5 Day Challenge I am leading to help walk you through creating a schedule that fits your busy life and still give you “me time”.
If your day is crazy and chaotic it will be difficult to teach school. By setting up some routines, it actually frees your already busy mind for things like playing with your child and afternoons outside in nature. I’m not talking about scheduling every minute of your day, but creating a flowing rhythm to the day that supports you and all the things you do as a busy mom.
Key 3: Setting Up, Supplies & Materials.
What’s the best room to homeschool? (I like one that is close to the action and not tucked away in a basement or back room.) Once you decide where, you need to fill it with all the supplies to have an effective Waldorf homeschool room. This can look similar to an art room! There are beautiful crayons, colored pencils, beeswax, paints,
main lesson books and more.
Don’t forget the curriculum and supplement books needed to teach the lessons.
These become the backbone for your year even if you don’t follow it exactly.
Add a planner and some accountability sheets to keep up with your child’s progress and you are good to go.
Key 4: Planning
Myth: If I have a curriculum for the year, my planning is all done.
Sorry to bust your bubble, but I have not found that to be true. I spent about 2 months each summer planning out the upcoming school year.
I got familiar with the stories and materials and read some to prepare. I planned the blocks according to my schedule, figuring in vacations and family events. That’s one reason we homeschool, right? To have time to do things, travel, etc..
Yet, we must adhere to our local states (or locality) homeschool rules. Here is where planning comes in handy.
It also ensures you are prepared for your week’s lessons and have everything on hand for any projects or crafts.
You can bring your own ideas into the mix once you know what you are teaching. I did this for Ancient India in 5th grade. I got some Henna and we spent a Saturday designing art on ourselves and each other. It was so much fun!
Key 5: Presenting the Material
While you may have not considered this, it is a vital part of this education model.
You are telling stories, leading painting sessions and music. It is important you
are working with your child during the lessons, keeping their attention and creating an engaging school. You want our child to understand what you are teaching as well as love learning it! Depending on your child’s temperament, your teaching style could vary.
In conclusion, this could seem like a lot – but is all necessary to make Waldorf work in your home. By following the steps, you make sure everything is in place and you are the most effective teacher.
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