Originally Posted by MyLittleWonders
Question: what do your weekends look like? <snip> Does anyone else keep their basic rhythm even on the weekend when dp/dh is home, but just add in other activities that match the flow?
Nah. We totally relax on the weekends. We have some structure provided by Mara's ballet (she has two classes on Saturdays), and Dave usually has some sort of band practice on either Saturday or Sunday most weekends. Sometimes we get together with friends and go bowling or something fun. Or we might hit the bookstore as a family. Or this might be my day to sneak out and hang out with my sister and get pedicures
I do love pedicure day with my sister!
I will say that, if I feel we haven't finished what I wanted to get done during the week, we will certainly work on a Saturday or a Sunday. I guess that's the benefit of homeschooling (and of having a Dave who sleeps late most mornings--we can get work done before he wakes up!).
Originally Posted by konamama
just wondering - when folks on this thread are speaking of "doing waldorf at home" they are talking about circle time, rhythm, crafts. are folks also offering academic subjects via a waldorf method (if kids are old enough)? <snip> and if folks do introduce formal academics do you use a waldorf curriculum? oak meadow, live education!, waldorf without walls, or piece different things together that are waldorf based OR do you take a variety of homeschooling materials and adapt it to the waldorf method.
Kona, we do academic lessons with my fourth grader (Mara) and kindy-plus with my 6yo, Daisy.
Most days I try to do some kind of warm-up activities
, even if it doesn't look like what any Waldorf teacher would call "circle time." The intent is to get the kids moving, and if that's a morning nature walk whilst we sing a few seasonal songs, so be it. If that's a quick game with the beanbags (age appropriate) and a morning verse, that's cool too. Honestly, it's hard
to do circle time with only three people!! And my youngest doesn't like circle time when it's just the three of us. She's much more responsive/better behaved in our homeschooling co-op's circle time than she ever is at home. I've got to respect that she wants to run around, yes, and then sit and read a book with me.
Curriculum... I put together my own with bits and pieces from:
* The Chiron Waldorf Homeschooling Intensives (week-long training up in Toronto in my specific grade--fabulous!)
* Path of Discovery
* Millennial Child (for the block schedule)
* Marsha Johnson/Waldorf Home Educators list
* Donna Simmons's Overview
and grade-specific audio download
We also use the occasional worksheet (usually math practice/drill/review), and we love our Tuesday Tea Time with Ambleside Online's art appreciation prints/guidelines.
I will tell you, it took me years to be able to wrok up to piecing it together myself. The first year I had Enki grade one--the first, three-binder, two boxes of masters, horribly organized, terribly expensive, experiment from Beth and Enki. I understand it has gotten better now, but working with it taught me that no matter if you use a box curriculum or not, there's always going to be more prep than you imagined. The second year, I did PoD, Donna Simmons, Chiron (it was my first year at the Intensives). Third grade was more Chiron than anything else, and this year feels the same. I feel really in control of what's going on in our hoeschool, and unlike when I was following someone else's curriculum, I don't get surprised--I know what's coming next
OK, I've written a book LOL