I have three children who I have been guiding through life and learning since they got here. Homeschooling you could call it, or life schooling, or love schooling, we are all learning as we go and most of the time we don’t really call it anything but the way things are! I am not an expert and frankly will never be because that is just not how life is with ever growing, changing things! However, I have googled Waldorf Homeschooling more times in the past ten years than you could ever imagine and have learned a lot and brought a lot to my family & community along the way. My investigations have gone outward and inward, but more than anything the spirit of the work is meeting the child before you with open eyes and open heart, as we should hope to meet the whole world.
So, some of you know this about me and have asked for tips, guidance and curriculum… so I will attempt to share a few things I enjoy and mind you there are tons more out there I haven’t explored, but one parent can only take in so much.
But before I give you a dozen rabbit holes to get lost in tonight…
here is a little secret…
the fundamental principle of Waldorf education is that the curriculum comes through the teacher, a human being of knowledge, skill, beauty, kindness, a human being worthy of example…. so now, for better or worse, that is you. Being your authentic self, clear & true, is really what your child is most needing, after all, they did choose you as their first teacher! Homeschooling and most schooling is based on the relationship between the student and the teacher so keeping that as the highest priority can really help when you are scrambling for resources, look within, “Hey Google, who am I?”
My advice, don’t over think it, don’t over spend on resources that will give you one more thing to do, don’t worry about downloading information into your child’s brain… just do you and let your children enjoy you as their chosen guide. Trust if you stay open to using the world as your classroom your children will learn more than they ever could inside four walls. Being on the journey together to meet each other and the world before you could be the very medicine we all need and the secret message of these times.
You got this!
Ok if you have gotten this far, your are still interested in the world wide web of Waldorf Homeschooling here are some great ( & some free) resources to support your journey. I have collected stacks of books over the years but the internet has sooo much out there start there.
Waldorf Inspirations has lots of free materials grade by grade
Waldorfish is a beautiful resource for all the artistic things you wish you could do but simply don’t have the skills, time, etc… Great way to set your child up with art lessons from home.
Waldorf Inspired Learning is a great place for you to get support, training and guidance on the journey ahead.
A Waldorf Journey is a great resource for teachers and home schoolers alike and she sells individual blocks so you don’t have to buy the whole curriculum. Great podcasts and lots of free stuff!
Lavender’s Blue has a lot of free resources to get you started and a great recorded song library to learn songs.
Then there is Oak Meadow– a classic curriculum and distance learning school that has a beautiful fusion curriculum that weaves Waldorf and worldly studies.
Wild Explorers is kinda like boys scouts on line in that you can earn badges for nature studies. My kids are excited!
And when the constant questions of the world keep nagging you, Ask Doug is what we do.( Warning this is NOT Waldorf, but videos of a guy named Doug answering kids questions about the world)
And when you are just too tired to bring forth wisdom, don’t forget about Sparkle Stories, audio stories for kids that have tons of free stories, a great blog with activities, crafts and more!
And lastly you can learn so, so, so much from this seasoned homeschool mother Carrie on a Parenting Passageway Blog.
That’s all for now cause I don’t want you to stay up till midnight researching, sleep is the number one priority for successful homeschooling!
PS if you are doing Early Childhood at home check out my post from March for support and ideas more oriented towards little ones and soon there will be more to come on that.