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 sounds great!
    This being our first year homeschooling, we’re starting with a Pre-K Core from Sonlight. I tried not to overthink it, but I can definitely see this info being incredibly helpful.
    .-= Kim’s last blog: 211- Sad Day =-.

  2. Christine says:

    I get a good overview from going over the Sonlight catalog.

  3. Christine says:

    I subscribe by e-mail.

  4. we haven’t decided on whether or not to homeschool – i would love to but i’m not sure i’m capable of it! this would be a great resource if we went that way though!
    .-= katie anaya’s last blog: a trek through the snow =-.

  5. we are starting our first year and i haven’t figured out what i am really doing yet.
    .-= annalea @ our hartbeat’s last blog: a gateway to home =-.

  6. i subscribe.

  7. Bronwyn says:

    My son’s not yet school-age, but we are starting some preschool activities this year. I’m in the midst of learning about planning school at the moment, so I think this would really be a great resource.

  8. I subscribe via Google Reader.

  9. Mary Ann says:

    This will be our first official year of homeschooling so I am new at the planning. We chose Sonlight so a good bit of the planning is done for me. Sounds like the Waldorf Collection would be a great resource for future planning and getting through any hurdles we might face this first year.

  10. I’m still considering homeschooling, so I “prepare” by doing research, research, research to see what the best fit for our family might be.

  11. I subscribe via rss feed.

  12. Michelle T says:

    I haven’t started yet, so this would be perfect for me as I figure out what I’m supposed to be doing! Thanks so much :)

  13. Planning the year of school is a big process for me, with ages 5,10,and 15. I have a planner that is gradually being filled in with what we plan to do each month, including theme units, chapters in physics to be accomplished, art projects,books to read, special days, etc. Once that’s all done, I’ll move into a more detailed look at each month and begin gathering supplies we’ll need. It’s a ton of work, but I love it. I love the excitement at what a new year brings.
    .-= daffodil lane’s last blog: Fifteen =-.

  14. I’m an email subscriber. :)
    .-= daffodil lane’s last blog: Fifteen =-.

  15. Fontaine says:

    Right now, my planning for the upcoming year is very loose. My little guy is only 2 1/2 so everything we do right now is child-led and very “unschool-ish”. That being said, every so often I look at a list of “what your child should know” and make notes of things I want to incorporate a little more purposefully into our days. So far, so good. He still loves learning/playing with me and I’m happy with what he’s retaining :)

  16. Fontaine says:

    Also, I’m subsccribed via email :)

  17. I’m subscribed :)

  18. I’ve subscribed via Google Reader.

  19. Lately we’ve been approaching this year’s homeschool planning with late nights and lots of discussion. Our three year old will start learning to read with “The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading.”
    .-= Evan Brammer | The Holy Life’s last blog: The Reason for the Holy Life =-.

  20. My plan starts with a yearly calendar into which I plug all the holidays, festivals, and seasonal activities for the school year. Then I look at my teaching goals for the year and plug in blocks (of lang. arts, soc. studies, nature study, etc) to the calendar as well. Then I round it out with handwork projects plugged in throughout the year.

  21. We are still considering homeschooling. I am not yet confident I can manage. I am doing much research these days. This giveaway would be a great compliment to my research. Specifically, Creating Rhythm to your Day and Homeschool Planning in a Nutshell. I am not yet feeling the planning can fit in a “nutshell” ;o)!

  22. I’ve subscribed via Google Reader.

  23. Right now I am looking through curriculum and trying to come up with a rough idea of what the year will look like and what we will cover, but I know we will end up changing it a lot as we go through the year, depending on where interests take us.
    .-= Kami’s last blog: 4th of July pipe cleaner leis =-.

  24. And I subscribe via RSS.
    .-= Kami’s last blog: 4th of July pipe cleaner leis =-.

  25. This is my first official year of homeschooling, but I have taught in a homeschool program for 3 years. I like to have a rough idea of our entire year from the start, because I feel like it keeps me focused! But I try to be flexible within the plan, since you never know what a year will bring. This seminar sounds fantastic!
    .-= Paula@Motherhood Outloud’s last blog: What I Learned from Swimming Lessons =-.

  26. Also, I currently follow @SimpleSchool & just added @donnalashton Here is a link to my homepage w/ my retweet:
    .-= Paula@Motherhood Outloud’s last blog: What I Learned from Swimming Lessons =-.

  27. And, I am a Simple Homeschool subscriber!

  28. I am very interested in home schooling and while my boy is still an infant, I am a big planner. This information would help me get a jump start for the upcoming years.

  29. I am not yet a mom, If i become one I plan to home school and these resources would be really helpful!
    .-= PeachRainbow’s last blog: Friday Favo-List =-.

  30. i follow both and tweeted;
    .-= PeachRainbow’s last blog: Friday Favo-List =-.

  31. Subscribed via google reader
    .-= PeachRainbow’s last blog: Friday Favo-List =-.

  32. I try to plan in early June for our next year, but with three in school it can get pretty overwhelming. This would be great.

  33. I subscribe.

  34. I am just considering homeschooling my daughter. She just turned 3, and I am (for the first time) maybe able to stay home with her after the arrival of our second child early next year. So I don’t have a planning strategy, but I would like to get one.
    .-= Tara @ Feels Like Home’s last blog: Grace and Her Babies =-.

  35. I subscribe in Google Reader.
    .-= Tara @ Feels Like Home’s last blog: Grace and Her Babies =-.

  36. I’m subscribed to simple homeschool.

  37. I approach my new year to homeschool…wait…haven’t started yet. BUT I’m in the research phase. We attended MACHE earlier this year, which was great. So mostly I’m information gathering. :-)

  38. I subscribe!

  39. Not sure – I’m new to this!

  40. we’re starting homeschooling this year w 2 kids – and I’m not sure what the best way to approach is yet! I’m currently looking at different resources

  41. I start planning in July

  42. I have to think of each individual son or daughter and plan out goals for them as individuals. I then go from there through each subject or area of learning.

  43. Michelle M says:

    I subscribe via Bloglines!

  44. Anne Marie says:

    I still have just a young son, a bit too young to begin homeschooling. But I am such a planner that i feel trapped, like i couldnt ever possibly do this and be solely responsible for his whole education. So this would be a wonderful way to plan and ease my fears.

  45. Anne Marie says:

    I subscribe via email

  46. This will be my first year. I’ve chosen a curriculum and am waiting for that to come! I attended a convention.

  47. I am a subscriber.

  48. This upcoming year will be our first year of homeschool and I have collected our resources and decided on the curriculum (classical), made a schedule and have an outline of lessons for the term. We’ll see how it goes from there!

  49. I subscribe in Google Reader!

  50. I’m a subscriber!