Block Party Giveaway: The Waldorf Connection

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Welcome to Day 4 of the Simple Living Media Summer Block Party! We’ve got 20 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win!

Today’s giveaway from The Waldorf Connection is perfect for those planning their next year of homeschooling or for readers who are considering homeschooling but not sure where to start.

Do you ever wonder how you can pull your lessons together?

Do you ever second guess yourself and wonder if you’re doing this homeschooling thing the “right” way?

Are you overwhelmed by the amount of curriculum available and have no idea where to begin?

Once upon a time Donna Lashton, a mother of twin girls, felt that way as well. So she decided to create a venue where those interested in homeschooling could ask questions, get answers, and put the pieces together in a specific way that would work for their unique family.

The result is The Waldorf Connection, an online seminar expo series containing over 15 hours of lectures and valuable content.

I had the opportunity to listen in on a couple of the expo sessions and they were fabulous. Donna’s lineup features award-winning, prominent authors, teachers, and child-development experts. I found myself discussing inspiring points with my husband long after finishing the seminar.

Today’s prize for one winner includes over 15 hours of MP3 download (the entire expo!) from The Waldorf Connection–as well as the PDF transcripts so you can make your own notes and highlight ideas. Also included are three bonus calls in which homeschooling moms reveal their secrets to successful planning.

Many of the sessions are applicable to any homeschooler, whether or not you follow the Waldorf tradition exclusively. If you find it challenging to get away for a real-life homeschooling convention, The Waldorf Connection is the perfect solution to get inspired and fueled for a new homeschooling year!

Here’s a list of the seminar titles (more information can be found here):

  • What Grade Should my Child be in?
  • Simplicity Parenting
  • Steiner’s 12 Senses
  • Skills Parents Can Use to Invite Cooperation
  • Handwork: Planning Your Year
  • Waldorf Music- Teaching a Blowing Instrument
  • From School to Homeschool
  • Creating Rhythm to your Day
  • Grade Overviews: 1st-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-8th
  • Homeschooling with Multiple Children
  • Pentatonic Music & Foreign Language Program
  • Steiner’s Milestones- Reasons Behind the Curriculum
  • Homeschool Planning in a Nutshell

How to Win

Everyone has three chances to win. Choose one or all three!

1. Comment on this post, and answer this question: How do you approach planning for a new year of homeschooling?

2. Follow @simpleschool and @donnalashton on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Be sure to come back and leave a separate comment with the link to your tweet.

3. Subscribe to Simple Homeschool by email or in your feed reader. Leave a separate comment letting me know you’re subscribed.

This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on July 3rd (tonight!) and is open to commenters 18 years or older. We’ll use to choose winners on July 4th! I hope you win!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. This year I am approaching planning by beginning in the summer!
    .-= Jenny’s last blog: this moment =-.

  2. since my oldest is just two, i’m still not quite to a planning stage yet, but i’m really interested to figure out how to be effective in planning a homeschooling year.

  3. I followed via my feed reader.

  4. I keep a notebook where I jot down ideas as I discuss them with other homeschool moms, as I come across a good website, etc. Then, in the summer, I look over those notes to help me plan for the upcoming year.

  5. I’m not homeschooling yet, just starting to think about the possibility.
    .-= HereWeGoAJen’s last blog: The Tail- Explained =-.

  6. I get very excited when planning for a new year of homeschooling. I have four children aged 12, 9 and six year old twins. I put down a broad goal for each of the children to strive for (ie: for the six year olds – read a level 1 reader; for my 9 year old , to learn how to write a paragraph; for the 12 year old, to feel comfortable writing a short report)

    The children pick a topic that we read/learn about for the month and then have a craft or activity in the same theme. For the upcomming year we are going to focus on Canadian georgraphy and history and famous Canadians.

    We plan our schedule with our main lesson work in the morning, and a physical activity lesson (swimming) or music lessons and community homeschooling activities in the afternoons.

  7. Danyelle says:

    I do not homeschool but do plan activities according to my child’s interest.

  8. Danyelle says:

    I subscribe via google reader.

  9. Oh wow! I would LOVE this information. I have done a lot of reading about the Waldorf theory and find a lot of valuable things from it. Right now my oldest child is only 3, but we still plan an activity every day for him and his sister. It could be as simple as taking a bike ride, or visiting the zoo, but for now, one activity, and a standard daily routine has been a *wonderful* resource for our family.
    Sarah M
    .-= Sarah M’s last blog: Day 2 – Vancouver- BC =-.

  10. I also subscribe to Simple Homeschool via Google Reader :)
    Sarah M
    .-= Sarah M’s last blog: Day 2 – Vancouver- BC =-.

  11. I start with my goals for each child for the school year and then work from there.

  12. I started out planning for this year by figuring out what topics we were going to cover in our unit studies. From there, I’ve been looking up relevant information about those topics, and making more concrete lesson plans.

  13. I plan in the summer. First I order all my currciulum and then set out a month by month schedule.

  14. I already follow.

  15. Tamara Chewning says:

    I haven’t begun the task of planning to home school. Right now we are working on deciding weather or not to home school my 4 year old daughter or send her to public school.

  16. Tamara Chewning says:

    I subscribe and read via RSS for Outlook.

  17. How do you approach planning for a new year of homeschooling?

    This is new to me. I am planning to homeschool my kindergardener this fall. The way I approach planning so far is to look at good blogs like this one, and get ideas I like. Then I make a list, and try to plan activities around what is on my list.

  18. I subscribe via yahoo reader.

  19. My son is two, so I am (mostly) homeschooling on the fly. I read many, many books and am a fan of both Waldorf and Montessori phils. Thanks for providing this great resource!

  20. i am not homeschooling currently, but am fast approaching time to make a decision about it. this would be a great resource for helping me learn more about how i could homeschool my children (i have 3)
    .-= April Emery’s last blog: A Peasants Feast =-.

  21. i subscribe
    .-= April Emery’s last blog: A Peasants Feast =-.

  22. i follow on twitter and tweeted (user – aprilemery)

  23. I’m going to be starting my planning this year by sifting through all the materials I already own. All too often, I forget what I have only to come to the end of the year and find something great I could have used.

  24. I currently homeschool my two kids nearing ages 7 and 9. So far, we have been fairly unscheduled except to read everyday. On most days we also do math and writing of some type. My kids have many interests and I try to let them cater what we “study” without having formal curriculum. So, far it is working quite well. I am interested in learning more about Waldorf as my best friend has her kids in a Waldorf school and I hear all kinds of wonderful things they are doing and learning and experiencing. I don’t do a lot of planning for the coming school year as we school all year round with what I have mentioned above. We also try to encourage our children to memorize and learn about the virtues they have within them (that all children have!).

  25. staceyw says:

    let’s try this the rt way–;)
    Oooh….i would love to win this!

    I follow you, Jamie, on your Steady Mom blog and here. (follow as in your site is bookmarked and I come there every day)

    This will be my first year homeschooling. I am planning my year by reading TONS online, using What Your First Grader Needs to Know, free resources from buying TOS Planner and other free e-books from them, printables from all over the place. I also have some art and music from Harmony Fine Arts as well as Usborne Books like 365 things to do and make. I have picked monthly themes and am working around that, loosely. I am leaving openings in my plans to allow for review and reassessment to see if things are working for me/my children. I will be hs-ing a first grader and a preK.

    I am incorporating Life Skills into my planning too. It’s not all about the academics—I want to encourage my kids to become self-reliant and resourceful, and help them find their unique gifts/blessings.

    I would love to win this giveaway to get more info on the Waldorf way of teaching/learning!

    Thanks, Jamie, for your work on this site and your Steady Mom blog.

    –Stacey Wolff