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Mama to 9 so far:Mother of Joey (20), Dominick (13), Abigail (11), Angelo (8), Mylee (6), Delainey (3), Colton (2) and Baby 8 and Baby 9 coming sometime in July 2013. If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms!
We're very new to Waldorf, discovered this a bit late. We're starting off our Waldorf homeschool journey using Oak Meadow(Pre-K and K) for DS(4 in Dec) and DD(5), but we're open to looking into either Christopherus or Little Acorn if OM turns out not to be the best fit. I would say our biggest challenge so far is finances, we're in a pretty good financial position but buying all organic/wood/natural stuff as well as new curricula is certainly not cheap. My biggest inspireations are The Parenting Passageway blog, I'm so in love with Carrie, and my DD as she LOVES every aspect of Waldorf it is a really good fit for her.
I just received a copy of seven times the sun and it is filled with all those potential verses for transitions.
...u probably don't want to know the rest
Hi I'm new to this board and going to be new o homeschooling as soon as I figure out what I am doing. I have visited heWaldorf school that is with in driving distance and love the feel there. I like what I see the students doing and think it fits my DD (9) very well. I've done a lot of research of waldorf curriculum and here are my concerns:
1.) I can't touch them and leaf through them before I make a decision
I want to compare and contrast, read the lessons for myself, and feel the books
2.) Wondering how much of Steiners anthroposophy is weaved through the different curriculums and how I can or can't leave that out of my homeschooling without taking away the integrity of the curriculum.
Any words of wisdom?
Hi! I understand your frustration, not being able to thumb through the curriculum before buying. Which ones are you looking at?
We are going to be using Oak Meadow next year, which is considered 'Waldorf inspired'. From what I've been able to look at on their website, it seems lighter on the spiritual/ anthroposophy stuff vs. Christopherus ( a true Waldorf curriculum).
Christopherus is more true I think to Steiner's philosophy, and the presence of Steiner and anthroposophy in the curriculum is very discernible to me. (in presentation, activities, etc.) However, I've heard that Christopherus is kind of 'open-ended', in that they give you an outline of subjects and suggestions, but it is up to you how you implement them- So I see no reason why you couldn't tweak it to your liking. Disclaimer- I haven't used Christopherus so I can't testify to this from experience- but I have done a lot of research and comparisons between Oak Meadow and Christopherus and this is what I have heard and seen in forums and discussions.
I think both are good curriculums (based on what I've seen on their websites and in my research) for Waldorf families, or for those who like the Waldorf pedagogy.
I guess I still feel like I haven't answered your question though. What parts of anthroposophy are you uncomfortable with (if any?). The curriculums do not preach or attempt to indoctrinate students into anthroposophy, if that is what you are asking. Just like as in a waldorf school (where my children are currently), anthroposophy is not brought to the children, or taught, but it does influence the curriculum and the teachers interactions with their students. My oldest is a seventh grader, and if you were to ask her what anthroposophy was, she would have no idea what you are talking about, even though it's influence is present all around her- from the color of her classroom, her interactions with her teacher, and with the intention and careful structure of her lessons. Does that make sense?
Can this be converted to a group so you don't have to read through all 20 pages or re-ask an old question please! :-) I would also love to see a "book list" for toddlers (because I have a toddler), activity recommendations for daily activities, etc! But this is a lot to read through :-D
BTW have my "Celebrating Irish Festivals: Calendar of Seasonal Celebrations" on the way and just got Earthways. Read "Heaven on Earth" when my son was wee and "You are your childs first teacher" recently. Love this stuff. Just would love to ask some specific questions.
Momma of an amazing little man on 3/16/10, pregnant with #2 due in June...married to the man of my dreams. Living in a little town in the rural world of New England and loving my life. <3
When I was choosing resources for my daughter's 1st grade Waldorf year, I bought several different sets of stuff used through the Waldorf yahoo group that sells lots of used Waldorf resources. I looked at everything in person, devouring it, and then resold what I didn't want. On what I resold, I only lost the cost of shipping! I highly recommend spending time now to buy resources of interest, look them over and then plan for the new year. You really do have to see stuff in person to decide!
That said, we used Enki for K and 1st grade. For 2nd grade we are doing a more eclectic style year, rather than Waldorf-oriented. I love the foundation that Waldorf gave her for imagination, love of language and understanding of math concepts. But, now that she is older I find it easier to implement other education styles. That said, my younger son is going to do the same Waldorf 1st grade that my daughter did a few years ago. I don't want to change a thing!
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