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I'm not posting on the Waldorf board because the Waldorf purists would say this is impossible. And we are homeschooling, so I'm posting here.
Is it possible to only use pieces of Waldorf, but not embrace it fully. I have read many Waldorf books and know all the philosophy behind it all. But I can't really embrace it all. We love the art aspect around here. But I cannot get into circle time and singing all day long. I'd rather play cd's for them (totally not Waldorf I know, but that's what works for us.) I'm not an especially big fan of all the festivals, I like to have an extra focus on Advent and Lent, but don't really get into all the others. I am thoroughly intrigued by the actual curriculum though. The subjects, order, and how they are taught. I'm not a big fan of Waldorf math or rather using the whole to parts concept in math. Don't mind the gnomes, just not introducing all the processes at once. It would not work for my dd.
Most curriculums however, have the philosophy embedded into them, when I read them, I think "oh yes, this makes so much sense" and then I start to feel guilty that I can't really pull that off in reality. I just can't. It doesn't work for our family, and I'm okay with that. I've accepted that I have a more eclectic philosphy. And what we are doing right now, homeschool-wise is working well for us. But I wouldn't mind working in some of the Waldorf subjects/units over the next few years. Is that possible? Can I just ignore the other parts?
Anyone do this?
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