I clearly remember when I discovered Waldorf education. My girls were 3 1/2 and I had decided to homeschool. My search led me to this holistic, nature and arts based method. I was so excited!
I knew this was exactly what I wanted for them and I jumped in fully.
But, after I started looking more, I found there was a lot to it. In fact, it seemed I had to paint, tell stories, sing, play an instrument, bake bread, do festivals and that didn’t include the real lessons!
If you can relate, don’t despair.
There are easier ways to homeschool, but I believe none are better than this amazing path that is Waldorf. I spent years learning, training, making mistakes and working it all out so that it worked for me and my girls in my home. But, I wouldn’t change a thing. (well, except maybe it wouldn’t have taken me so long to figure it out!) My girls, now almost 14 are well-rounded, artistic, creative and individual thinkers.
Let me give you a few things to help you get started.
There are 3 Keys to getting started with Waldorf.
1) The Foundation
This is the rhythm or your day, the organization of your schedule and the in and out flow of your activities. You MUST (read: MUST) get this piece working before starting to homeschool. If things are chaotic, then adding lessons will only make it more so. Having an ideal, consistent rhythm to your day is a gift for you and your family. Trust me.
The foundation piece also is about YOU being grounded, confident and at ease with your new role as your child’s educator. You will set the tone of the homeschool. Make sure it’s not a frazzled, exhausted one.
2) The Plan
This is the plan to understand what to teach, how to teach and your actual lesson plans. You need a map to follow to get you through the school year that will keep you on track. Whether this is a curriculum you purchase, or something you create yourself or a combination, it also needs to fit you and your family.
Planning lessons means taking the curriculum and make it fit your schedule, plus add supplemental activities, and the arts.
3) The Arts
This is most-likely attracted you to Waldorf. The beautiful paintings, drawings and music.
Nature, movement and festivals. Stories & the arts are the vehicle in which you teach.
Let me repeat that. Stories & the arts are the vehicle to teach the lessons.
There are no textbooks and worksheets.
You teach the songs, you tell the stories. This is experiential learning at it’s best. So, this means you need to be able to instruct your child on how to do it. You don’t have to be a master painter, or have perfect pitch, just be one ahead of your child.
With all three of these steps, start where you are and take small steps to putting in place what fits you and your family.
You can do this!
Want some help with this? You can register for my FREE Masterclass
“6 Ingredients to Creating a Nourishing Homeschool. I go deeper into the these keys and give some tips and ideas on making Waldorf homeschooling simple, joyful and do-able.