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. Christie says:

    I read you in bloglines

  2. I really enjoyed the waldorf connection! I plan my year by taking the time to REALLY think about each of my boys…what are their interests, what is their learning style…what could be a “new twist” on a current interest…..and what character trait would be beneficial to work on in three month blocks. I also try to include one or two life skills to concentrate on each month. Than I take time with each boy and ask them what they might like to do.

  3. What a great way to spread the word about all these crafters, and small company’s out there to bring awareness so they may be supported. Just subscribed and look forward to steady info.. Thanks.

  4. I am a subscriber.
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  5. I’m learning as much as possible about homeschooling right now since this will be our first year.
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  6. I’m a subscriber!
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  7. susan riedel says:

    I get your daily emails. I am brand new to homeschooling this year, so any advice and helps at all are tremendously helpful…

  8. I’m approaching my first year of Waldorf Homeschooling with enthusiasm and just a little hesitation. Fortunately I know support is out there!
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  9. I take time to focus on what I want to accomplish and what we can do to make homeschool more fun.

  10. I subscribe via email.

  11. I do my homeschool planning by deciding first what curriculum or books to use for each subject for each child, and then I loosely plan a flow to our day. That’s it, pretty simple, though now my kids are getting older I’m thinking I need to re-do my planning…

    nice giveaway, I’ve been interested in the whole “flow of day” idea for a long time.

  12. I am following simpleschool on twitter and I just tweeted the giveaway here
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  13. Kristie A. says:

    I will be just beginning my first year homeschooling our daughter. I just had our third baby and need all the help I can get planning for this year!

  14. Caroline says:

    We plan by making lists: books to read, places to visit, crafts to make, activities to do. Then, we just fill in as the moments arise in our daily routine. That is what works best for me!

  15. Caroline says:

    Subscribing via google reader!

  16. What a fabulous giveaway! We have just made the decision to homeschool, so I don’t really know how I approach a new year! This prize would be so incredibly helpful to me as I try to calm my fears about doing the right thing for our children.

  17. I already subscribe.

  18. I do not plan for upcoming years, yet. My DD is only 3.5, but I am thinking of homeschooling. This would be great!
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  19. I am a subscriber.
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  20. What a great giveaway!

  21. I don’t even know where to begin, but reading your website has helped me a lot!

  22. My daughters are 2 and 4 years old so we are mostly focusing on artwork and learning from nature. I plan mostly by keeping track of the great ideas I see on the internet.

  23. I subscribe via feed reader.

  24. I follow via google reader.
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  25. We have not started home schooling yet but I do plan activities for my preschool kids using a lesson plan book that I have left from my days as a teacher.
    .-= Christy@pipandsqueak’s last blog: Carolines portraits =-.

  26. Naomi H says:

    My girls are still young, so homeschooling for us means long observant walks and drawing what we saw, and lots of reading!

  27. Naomi H says:

    I subscribe to SH

  28. This year will be my first year of homeschooling. I start off with goals for the year, kind of a misson statement to help me stay on track.
    .-= Brandy’s last blog: Mud- Mud- Wonderful Mud =-.

  29. We are about to enter our second year of homeschooling and I am so excited about planning for the coming year. I have learned so much about my children, their interests and their learning styles and I will use this information to plan the next year. I will also think about some of the things that I wanted to incorporate, but didn’t. And I’ll establish some priorities and goals.

  30. I’m already a subscriber!

  31. I just bought the resources I had tagged for this year.

  32. I sub via rss.

  33. This is our first year homeschooling, so I haven’t started planning yet. I think we’ll keep it pretty flexible for kindergarten, especially since my son is already reading — yay!

  34. I subscribe via Google Reader.

  35. my husband and i went to a hs convention and picked some books. a basic overall preschool one, 1st grade math and handwriting.
    .-= Caitlin’s last blog: Poor Ella =-.

  36. i subscribe!
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  37. I read a lot, try to write out some of our year’s goals, and use resources such as this site and to stay on target for our age levels.

  38. I am a subscriber.
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  39. Oooooooooooooooo! I am thinking about homeschooling, but I really have no idea where to start. So this would be great for me!
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  40. I subscribe via email!
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  41. I tweeted using the link at the end of the post.
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  42. Lisa S. says:

    I’m just getting ready to start homeschooling. What a great resource this would be!

  43. Kirstin says:

    This year to plan for homeschooling I am looking at what each child’s strengths and weaknesses and building from there and I will ask each child if there is anything in he/she would like to study. I also am printing out the dates for our school year and trying to plan where we will be for the whole year. Usually I spend Sunday nights planning but as my second approaches high school I need more of a concerete plan.

  44. Kirstin says:

    I subscribe with Google reader.

  45. I am new to homeschooling but I’m thinking that I would approach it by looking at what we want to accomplish and then find the resources to do it. Lovely giveaway!

  46. I am a subscriber!

  47. I plan for the year with a few different calendars. Mine is just in K, so I pretty much just choose stories and then settle on a routine for the day and for the week that carries all of the activities that we want for a week (coloring, painting, storytime, memory verse, etc).
    .-= Rachel’s last blog: Stitch Your Life – How to Get Started =-.

  48. I subscribe to Simple Homeschool (and love it!).
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  49. I plan by checking out way to many library books, freaking out, deciding I should just send her to preschool, then calm down pick something and go with it.

  50. I subscribe via bloglines.