About Donna Ashton

Donna Ashton is the founder and CEO of The Waldorf Connection, an online resource that provides workshops, courses, and training for homeschooling families all over the world.

Her book The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook is a one-of-a-kind resource for those getting started homeschooling.

Understanding the basics of Waldorf education

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Written by Donna Ashton of The Waldorf Connection

Waldorf is a living, breathing form of education that Rudolph Steiner, its founder, wanted to provide as an antidote to modern times.

Waldorf honors the whole child – body, mind and spirit – through music, arts, handwork, sculpture, stories and movement. It educates the child’s mind, nourishes their soul and meets their spirit at developmentally appropriate stages.

Through these arts, a child first experiences information physically and soulfully. The morning lesson incorporates many different subjects all based around the same theme. Children learn their letters through movement, first by walking the shape of the letter before writing or painting the letter strokes.

The letter is then reinforced through rhymes with actions, stories, and music. By first doing, children come to a concrete, tangible understanding of a concept before they are expected to apply it intellectually.

It isn’t that your child copies only your outer movements, but that they also experience your inner attitude of devotion, care, focus, sense of purpose, and creative spirit.

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Mid-winter motivation for homeschoolers

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Written by Donna Ashton of The Waldorf Connection.

After the dust from the holidays settles, we are left with a few winter months to snuggle and homeschool.

We usually buckle-down and cover more ground in our lessons, as there are fewer distractions. During the quiet days of winter, it just feels like the time is right to dig in.

Yet it often feels like an in-between time to me.

The newness of the school year and fall festivals has waned, and the promise of spring is still out of reach.

If you live in a cold climate it can be more challenging to get the kids outside (as well as yourself.)

Whether or not we like it, there is more time indoors and more opportunities to bond together as a family during these darker days.

How can you keep motivation and inspiration?

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How I discovered Waldorf (and how you can, too)

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How I discovered Waldorf (and how you can, too)
The following is a guest post by Donna Ashton of The Waldorf Connection.

When my twin girls were three and a half my husband and I decided we would homeschool them.

I had no idea what curriculum I would use and had never heard of Waldorf Education.

I attended a homeschool fair in my state and purchased a book called 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. The book contained a short quiz, designed to help determine what educational style would be best for me and my family.

As a Type-A over-achiever, I was shocked when my results ended up in a tie between unschooling and Charlotte Mason.

I discovered I wanted something that didn’t look or feel like traditional school. Something that would give my girls real life knowledge and a love for learning.
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Donna’s homeschool day in the life (with 11-year-old twins)

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The following is a guest post written by Donna Ashton of The Waldorf Connection.

We are eight years into homeschooling and having “tweens” is a bit different than when I was schooling seven-year-olds.

Also, running a business from home definitely has its challenges and rewards.

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We are not perfect, but we get to what needs to be done, most of time. I have an established rhythm/schedule to our days so things ebb and flow nicely now.

Here’s my life today.

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How to create meaningful goals for your homeschool

The following is a guest post by Donna Ashton of The Waldorf Connection.

You may have planned the weekly math lessons and science projects, but have you created some foundational goals as well?

When I look back, those years I outlined my intentions, it worked.

I like to separate my goals into three main categories:

Homeschool goals, Goals for each child, Goals for myself.

You may be doing individual goals for your children, but are you also looking at your homeschool as a whole?

Have you set intentions for you to learn and grow?
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