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Hi! Forgive me if this has been discussed before. I have questions regarding Waldorf homeschooling, and there seems to be more activity over here than in the other forums.<br>
DD is in kindergarten, and we homeschool through California Virtual Academy. We have only been doing this for about 3 months now, and although we enjoy the community that CAVA provides, we (I) keep thinking that Waldorf Method would be better suited to us. I was thinking that maybe we would finish out the year with CAVA, and then possibly change over.<br>
If we did, we would miss the activities that we enjoy being part of CAVA. But we wouldn't have to drill on math worksheets at the kitchen table day after day. (DD hates this).<br>
So you can see that I'm unsure what to do. There are pros and cons to both. Anybody have any experience with this?<br>
Thanks!<br>
Melinda
 

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You might want to join the Waldorf Homeschoolers yahoo email list. There have been several discussions on this topic that might be of help to you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Sure you wouldn't be a part of those activities, however you can find tons of homeschool groups (similar to play groups) that have parties, field trips, swap schooling services- one parent will do music in exchange for the other doing some science. Yahoo is a great place to look for other homeschoolers. Go to groups, and search homeschooling and your state or town.<br><br>
HTH's!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sure you wouldn't be a part of those activities, however you can find tons of homeschool groups (similar to play groups) that have parties, field trips, swap schooling services- one parent will do music in exchange for the other doing some science. Yahoo is a great place to look for other homeschoolers. Go to groups, and search homeschooling and your state or town.<br><br>
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The "activity" possibilities are endless!
 

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Hey Melinda!<br><br>
We love Waldorf homeschooling, but live in a small town in the Midwest now. Both in Florida and CentraL Texas we enjoyed small local Waldorf homeschooling groups where we made close friends, and shared activities and/or small festivals. Now we just share activities with a broad-based group of friends and do our 'Waldorfing' mostly at home.<br><br>
For years I've actually been quite jealous of the amount of Waldorfy homeschool group activity in California! Whether you live in a city or small town, you will likely be able to find something/someone out there. If I were you, I would start locally, maybe contact your local homeschooling associations for leads to the local Waldorf families or groups, then go online <a href="http://www.christopherushomeschool.org/networking.htm" target="_blank">here's a place to begin looking for local moms.</a>! Also search the Yahoo and Google Groups for "Waldorf California"<br><br>
For online support, you can come here and to the Mothering homeschool room regularly, and maybe join one or more of the many Waldorf-centered groups. (I cannot recommend the yahoo group listed previously, but maybe someone can pass on the link to the new group their former Moderator formed - maybe Little Flower?) Here are the other groups I know of:<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CM-Waldorf/" target="_blank">Chalotte Mason/Waldorf Homeschoolers</a> - Charlotte Mason emphasis with a Waldorf twist<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ChristianWaldorfs2/" target="_blank">ChristianWaldorfs</a> - for blending Waldorf with Christian ideals and festivals<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/greentaramama/" target="_blank">GreenTaraMama</a> - natural living ideas incl. Waldorf<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/islamicwaldorf/" target="_blank">Islamic Waldorf</a> - free list by the teacher who runs The International Waldorf School Online<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JewishWaldorf/" target="_blank">Jewish Waldorf</a> - combining Waldorf with Judaism<br><br><a href="http://www.waldorf-at-home.com/forums/" target="_blank">Waldorf at Home Forum</a> - led by the folks who do Christopherus (small fee)<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf_craft/" target="_blank">Waldorf Craft</a> - Waldorf style of craft sharing<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorfcurriculum/" target="_blank">Waldorf Curriculum</a> - led by the Waldorf teacher who runs the website<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorfhomeeducators/" target="_blank">Waldorf Home Educators</a> - by Waldorf teacher, Marsha Johnson<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Waldorfhmschspneeds/" target="_blank">Waldorf Homeschoolers Special Needs</a> - for parents of kids with special needs<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WE_HS/" target="_blank">We Homeschool</a> (WE_HS) - The oldest Waldorf homeschooling group - no "experts," peer-to-peer insights<br><br>
Again, most of these online groups will support you in your teaching, but are not designed for local networking - in fact some have rules against posting regional events so check the guidelines! Live Ed, Enki and Oak Meadow also have groups for their subscribers.<br><br>
Best wishes,<br><br>
Lucie
 
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