Ok, so I'm just starting to really learn about Waldorf. There are things I LOVE about it, and things that, well, I need to do more research on. I've read You Are Your Child's First Teacher and tons of online articles and blogs, and have Heaven and Earth and a couple of other books on the way.
Most of the style really resonates with me. Its just great. But how did you go about developing your home into a Waldorfy home? Did you start with rhythm, or stories or, natural toys, or...?? What's most important to you in the Waldorf lifestyle?
My DS just turned 2 last month and we already had a rhythm for wake, nap, eating and sleep times. The mornings are pretty much always the same too (I clean while DS does outdoor time/free play or helps me), but the afternnoons and after dinner vary. I'm thinking of insituting more of the weekly rhythm stuff in the afternoons after his nap. Such as, Monday- shopping day; Tuesday- Baking Day; Wednesday-Craft Day; Thursday- Painting Day; Friday- Adventure/Outdoor Day (longer nature walks, zoo trips, etc). Is this appropriate for a 2 year old? Also, do you theme those days according to the season/festivals your celebrating?
After dinner and the weekends are SO hard because DH is home and doesn't need a rhythm at all, so doesn't really understand our DS's need for one. Do you have a rhythm for those times? (aside from the bedtime routine, we've got one and we stick to it.)
Also, I'm just not sure how to incorporate a lot of the Waldorf things I think DS would love. Such as the songs, stories, fingerplays, etc. When do you do these? At just random times throughout the day? Where do I find ones that are fitting for a 2 year old? The seasonal table I think I can do. Although we're probably getting ready to move and so it will probably be REALLY simple at first.
How do you incorporate festivals and the seasons into your life?
I guess just need a lot of guidance on the "how to" part of Waldorf. I don't plan to throw in everything at once or anything, but I'd like to get an idea of where to start and then how to go about the rest. Sorry if this is rambly, I put the questions in italics to hopefully make it easier to follow. LOL.