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The following is a guest post by Donna Ashton of The Waldorf Connection.
When my twin girls were three and a half my husband and I decided we would homeschool them.
I had no idea what curriculum I would use and had never heard of Waldorf Education.
I attended a homeschool fair in my state and purchased a book called 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. The book contained a short quiz, designed to help determine what educational style would be best for me and my family.
As a Type-A over-achiever, I was shocked when my results ended up in a tie between unschooling and Charlotte Mason.
I discovered I wanted something that didn’t look or feel like traditional school. Something that would give my girls real life knowledge and a love for learning.
Neither of the recommended curricula seemed to be the ‘right’ solution for us.
Meanwhile, through reading a few books on mindful parenting and moving forward on my own spiritual journey, I heard the word “Waldorf” mentioned a few times. When I began doing some research, I knew this was exactly what I had been looking for!
And much to my surprise it was a lot of what I had already been doing with my girls.
Things like spending time in nature, playing outdoors and celebrating the seasons, using natural toys, limited (or no) media, eating organic, whole food and living in a simplistic environment.
I saw the potential for offering an amazing education that meets my children where they are developmentally, paired with the arts, music, movement and so much more.
That was it, I was hooked.
My love for Waldorf only grew from there as I continued to gain knowledge in the philosophy behind the method, learn new skills, and open a creative part of myself that I now share with my kids.
I started this journey thinking it was going to be about my girls and what I could offer to them.
Somewhere along the way it became about me as well. And I wouldn’t change a thing.
Waldorf Homeschool U
My passion for Waldorf led me to create Waldorf Homeschool U: A six week e-course that prepares you for understanding Waldorf concepts, shows you how to set-up your homeschool space and daily rhythm, and guides you to plan and present the material that your child needs to thrive.
Wherever you may be on this path, Waldorf Homeschool “U” will meet you there with practical nuts-n-bolts solutions, guidance and a supportive community.
An overview of the course:
- 6 week immersion
- six modules
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- weekly giveaways of supportive mp3 workshop audio’s/pdf’s
- email support as you need it
- threaded comments for interactive support
- video lesson with me each week
- self-paced (you do not need to be in class at any specific time)
- virtual classroom remains open for 30 days post workshop
- a practical, step-by-step map to homeschooling with Waldorf
The e-course begins Tuesday, April 29th. Find out more information and register here.
Can you remember how you first discovered the educational philosophy your family adheres to?
I think our family are more the Charlotte Mason and unschooling type, well I sometime get scared about the word unschooling, seems so unstructured and just scary… perfectionism talking here. But there is a certain freedom and facilitating your children learning, to grow with them and to be part of it all, and so far I love it!
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You can learn more about Waldorf education, and the spiritual series like reincarnation that it is based on, at my website: http://www.openwaldorf.com
Anthroposophy, the philosophy and new religious movement behind Waldorf education, is fascinating.
I like everything about Waldorf except for the spiritual movement. I find CS Lewis’ thoughts on it in ‘Surprised by Joy’ very interesting, as was one of those who first became enthralled with that search through aestheticism for deeper meaning to life and rubbed shoulders with many staunch advocates of aestheticism.
Yeah, it sounds a little New-Age like …I’ll have to read CS Lewis’ comments.
I have briefly encountered a couple people that love Waldorf but I do not know much about it. Can’t wait to research it and see if it is something that will work with our family. I have to laugh with your results in Cathy Duffy’s book – I am exactly the same and got the same answer – struck me pretty funny!
Yes, sometimes we think we know ourselves… 🙂
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The title of your post caught my attention because I live fairly close to a school named Waldorf. Many of the parents I have talked to have loved it there. I haven’t been to the school myself yet but it made me wonder if their philosophy is the same as the Waldorf homeschool curriculum.
I, myself, have been interested in homeschool children for the last few years now but never knew that there were so many different curriculums out there. From reading your experience with Waldorf and the other two that you listed here, Waldorf speaks more to me that they others although I like the values of unschooling quite a bit. 🙂
The course sounds wonderful, but $500 is definitely out of reach for us!