Are there any waldorf homeschoolers around here? I am sure there is. I was unsure of putting this in here, or the Waldorf forum. But I figured that this was the better forum.
So my daughter will be homeschooled by me and we are going to start in a few weeks ( I am thinking Sept 1st. I need time to plan out some things and figure out what I am going to do).
One thing I worry about is that she has no siblings, we have no friends (lots of family though with her favorite little cousins) and I am worried about her not being social enough.
So, what are you waldorf homeschoolers doing?
My dd is 4.5 and we're Waldorf-inspired. I say this because we definitely are not purists (we allow creative plastic, we read BOOKS not just tell or act out stories, we use non-natural art supplies, we are not Anthroposophists--these are the main points where we disagree). We currently do a hodge podge of Seasons of Joy, Little Acorn Learning, and our own stuff. We take the summer off but will start back in Fall. Since you said your dd was about to start, does this mean grade 1? I recently bought a grade 1 package from A Little Garden Flower, as they were having a great sale. I don't know if it's still going on though. I also got their kindy book which I want to read over soon. I'm fairly certain, though, for k-2 we will be using Enki Education as our spine. I love Enki. Are you planning on using any sort of curriculum or put together your own thing? I get a lot of inpiration from The Parenting Passageway blog. I also love the blog Filth Wizardry (not exactly Waldorf but highly creative!). Have you looked to see if there is a Waldorf hs-ing group in your area? That might help with socialization. If it's any consolation, my dd has just 1 friend. The book Hold On To Your Kids helped me a lot in this regard. I highly recommend it.
We are pretty much inspired to, as she knows how to write her letters and name and she can read a little bit(and I am going with it)
I found this web site
I have been looking through this. I like it.
We would love to buy some curriculum, but right now are are sooooooo sooooo poor. So poor. So, it will be library things and free resources so far. But I think we can get pretty far on that!~
Thanks for the suggestions. I am going to start a "homeschool fund" for our supplies and purchasing curriculum.
I went a traditional route with him to start hsing and now, after 5 yrs, are much more relaxed and coming back to some Waldorf inspired philosophies.
Now I am getting back into the Waldorf mindset as far as rhythm, enrichment, and handcrafts.
I just bought a year membership at earthschooling.com and there is such great stuff there! www.bearthinstitute.com (I think this is right)
and I also bought some things from A Little Flower Garden during her sale-I really like her radio shows and her yahoo group.
I consider myself in the research/learning phase again even though I've been researching for most of the summer. This fall my main changes will be implementing a circle time for all the kids and getting a better rhythm to our day. My oldest 2 will still do "traditional" programs like Teaching Textbooks for math, Growing with Grammar, and Writing with Ease.
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I also have a 4-year-old. We are pretty much just doing a daily story time and mixing in seasonal rhymes, songs, etc. My big focus will be on my ds. We used Seasons of Joy last year and it worked really well for her.
really? i couldn't find it. I saw the waldorf inspired thread, but didn't see a homeschooling thread.
I know I looked through it before bumping it back up and it looked like lots of hsers w/ littles.
Also, www.mainlesson.com is a great source for free stories. They have a waldorf section and you can choose the grade. Kindy is all about rhythm and homelife anyway. Lots of outdoor play, some stories, songs and fingerplays (not necessarily a "circle" but can be done throughout the day) baking/cooking, arts and crafts and there you go!
You may also be able to check out some books from your library. Earthways is great for seasonal craft ideas and even my non-waldorf library system had it!
Of course, you don't have to be 'pure' if your DD is eager to start some 'academics'. Heck, my DD is only 3.5 and is starting to read and write. A pure Steiner acolyte would have my head over allowing that!! So we also count ourselves among the Waldorf-INSPIRED homeschoolers. We're also inspired by Montessori, Charlotte Mason, and unschooling.
There are some great affordable resources with ideas of what to do with your preschooler/kindergartner in a Waldorf-friendly fashion. For instance, Christopherus has this page with general information on Waldorf in the early years, and they do have a kindergarten book too. Other resources have already been mentioned in this thread.
"The child is curious. He wants to make sense out of things, find out how things work, gain competence and control over himself and his environment, and do what he can see other people doing. He is open, perceptive, and experimental. He does not merely observe the world around him. He does not shut himself off from the strange, complicated world around him, but tastes it, touches it, hefts it, bends it, breaks it. To find out how reality works, he works on it. He is bold. He is not afraid of making mistakes. And he is patient. He can tolerate an extraordinary amount of uncertainty, confusion, ignorance, and suspense. ... School is not a place that gives much time, or opportunity, or reward, for this kind of thinking and learning."