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. I subscribe on email!

  2. I haven’t started homeschooling yet, but would love this as a way to start.

  3. We aren’t homeschooling (yet) as my oldest just turned three.

  4. I subscribe in my feed reader.

  5. Fiona Hales says:

    I’d be very interested to hear the lectures to get some ideas.

  6. I subscribe by email

  7. Julia Reed says:

    I’m subscribed via Google Reader

  8. Jessica Brammer says:

    We just bought The Well Trained Mind and The Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading to start our three year old off on his homeschooling.

  9. Jessica says:

    I am new to homeschooling and definitely fall into the “overwhelmed by curriculum choices” category. This would be such a help and a relief cause I don’t really have a handle on planning yet!

  10. Jessica says:

    I’m a subscriber!

  11. I have a young homeschooler (preschooler) so we play a lot of games and do a lot of activities to see where he’s at with a large variety of skills. I make a note of this and that, then find some ways to build on what he’s mastered.

  12. Well, my kids are 1.5 and 3.5, so we’re not really rigorously homeschooling yet, but we expect to at least for a few years once we get to the official “school” age. In the meantime though, we’re all about “unschooling” and just learning as we go along.

  13. These lectures sound great…just what I need to build confidence.

    Haven’t started homeschooling yet–our son is 3–but I knew from the moment I was pregnant that Waldorf was going to be our first choice in education. Our decision to homeschool came shortly after. I’ve read all I can get my hands on so far on the subject, but I admit I do have trouble following Steiner’s lectures. Plus, I am finding it impossible to knit, which makes many of the little handwork crafts a bit out of reach.

  14. sounds interesting!
    .-= Leslie’s last blog: I Cried Three Times Last Week =-.

  15. This will be our first year homeschooling, so it would be perfect to win! I feel overwhelmed & excited at the first time!
    .-= Brookiej’s last blog: welcome to america =-.

  16. I’m subscribed!
    .-= Leslie’s last blog: I Cried Three Times Last Week =-.

  17. Email subscriber…
    .-= Brookiej’s last blog: welcome to america =-.

  18. We are currently a Waldorf family and devoted to the Steiner tradition. It’s a lifestyle in many ways. I am attracted to this series of lectures as a resource to aid in MY development as well as to further strengthen my children’s development. I hope we win!!

  19. “How do you approach planning for a new year of homeschooling?” I don’t know how! I’m here to learn.

  20. Rebekah says:

    I just “liked” simple mom on facebook. :)

  21. Rebekah says:

    I just subscribed to simple homeschool. :)

  22. Rebekah says:

    Sorry – liking simple mom on facebook was an entry requirement for a different giveaway. Just count my subscribing, please. And, this post:

    I have just completed Kindergarten with my oldest daughter and I found that taking an hour or so to myself on Sunday to plan worked well. I would simply list our main goals for the weeks in each area of study on a planning sheet that let me change things or add things as the week progressed (nothing ever goes as planned in home schooling, which is what makes it so great!) I find that I’m more excited about the upcoming week when I’ve taken a few minutes to prep. :)

  23. this would be for my sister if i win! she was just telling me that homeschooling in her house begins in about four weeks {gasp} and she was just sitting down to do her lesson plans. this year she adds one more child to her classroom!

  24. Jenna C. says:

    my oldest is just now three, so we are thinking about how to transition into some sort of “schooling” situation. these resources would be such a great start!

  25. Jenna C. says:

    subscribe via google reader too.

  26. Fromagette says:

    My kids are too young to start school, but I want to start teaching them some things and I am not doing a very good job of. I need some help so that I don’t scare my kids from learning!

  27. I’m a teacher by trade so I do a lot of research, lesson planning, and trip planning!

  28. michelle baker says:

    I won’t start homeschooling my son for 2 years, but I would love this resource!!

  29. Heather says:

    Email subscriber.

  30. michelle baker says:

    I subscribed

  31. I am an email subscriber!

  32. Following both on Twitter and I retweeted here:

  33. I am an email subscriber!

  34. Heather says:

    We do child-led learning so I think about the things my children are most interested in and find resources to broaden those interests.

  35. Laurie Magee says:

    I am using the well trained Mind approach with my two kids and one little :)

  36. Laurie Magee says:

    I have subscribed in a reader.

  37. Carrie K says:

    I plan using the Well Trained Mind method and add in our own family’s preferences and goals.

  38. Carrie K says:

    I am a subscriber to Simple Homeschool and look forward to reading your posts!

  39. I rather wing it so definitely could see the benefit in this Waldorf kit.
    .-= Vicki B’s last blog: Genoise Rose =-.

  40. marissa says:

    my oldest just finished kindergarten & i’m still trying to find what works best for me/us as far as planning.

  41. marissa says:

    i subscribe to the emails.

  42. My children are young, so I’m still trying to figure out how I want to help them learn. This package would be a great source of ideas.

  43. This will be my first year of homeschooling, so I’m reading lots of books, and getting ideas from blogs.

  44. subscribe via google reader

  45. Mary Beth says:

    Not homeschooling yet – but starting to think about it and need encouragement and ideas!

  46. Mary Beth says:

    I’m an email subscriber.

  47. mdvlist says:

    I have no idea how I’ll prepare to homeschool, which is why this sounds interesting!

  48. mdvlist says:

    Already a subscriber!

  49. I grab a book cup of java, my favorite homeschool books- Teaching the Trivium , The Well Trained Mind, and The Charlotte Mason Companion. I also utilize the forms at, to plan the schoolyear.

  50. Christie says:

    I reevaluate what did and didn’t work. Then continue on with the did and think about how to change the didn’t.