The following is a guest post written by Gwynyth Kier of Grapefruit Jam.
When we started this homeschool experiment, I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted to approach learning.
I think I swore up and down that I wouldn’t be sitting at a table doling out lessons, but I also had a voracious appetite for inspiration and validation.
With only one other child, who was a year old, I enthusiastically followed my 4-year-old son’s every whim, with field trips and stacks of books from the library.
After a year, I began to feel a little overwhelmed. There were a lot of hours in the day, and my son’s interests seemed to change faster than I could switch out the library books.
So I ordered a few curriculum materials.
I was drawn to Waldorf for its gentle, delayed approach to academics, and its story- and arts-based foundation.
The plan was to use this very loosely, as a means of inspiration for those times when we needed a bit of guidance — or just something to do.
Around the same time, I met some wonderful homeschooing mamas who used a different Waldorf curriculum. As I listened to them talk about it, I thought, “that sounds better than mine,” and before I knew it I had that on my shelf too.
Funny thing about these guides though — once I started reading them, I quickly slipped into the mind state of needing to complete the program to a T.