This is the plain and sad but true fact: many of us have invested many hours and dollars in vocational training or college degrees, but many of us never go on to spend much money or time to develop ourselves personally after that.
For example, in college, you probably spent hundreds and even thousands of dollars on textbooks and classes and hours of time reading. But after college, have you spent any money at all on your own personal development? Have you spent any time reading to learn? Have you taken any classes regarding parenting? Sought out any mothers who parent the way you want to parent?
We all are busy, and some of us do carry harder burdens than others. That is true. However, we can really bless our families by choosing to educate ourselves. I know it is hard, but you must have been drawn to parent differently than your parents for a reason. You must have drawn to Waldorf homeschooling for a reason. Honor that intuition; commit to it and own it. Can you read for five minutes in the morning after you get breakfast done and cleaned up? Five minutes while the kids play outside? Five minutes before you go to bed? Set a timer if need be, but can you try just for five minutes a day?
This is the thing: I know you want to be a great parent. I know that because otherwise you would not be here reading this blog! You may be reading this because you want to homeschool. I am here to tell you no matter what method of homeschooling you choose, Waldorf or not, you will have to do some planning! Yes, there are things that are “open and go” but you will still have to tailor things for your child, and if you take the time to really holistically evaluate your child and plan around that, the experience will be so much richer. If you are a Waldorf homeschooling mother, take the time to read and decide for yourself such things as will the order of these blocks work for my child, will they work for where I live geographically? Take the time to figure out what the curriculum is saying to your child at their developmental level.
.So, please, in this time of renewal between Easter and Ascension, please, consider making time to read a little bit. Make a commitment to plan for your child’s education next year. Your child and your homeschooling experience is worth your time in planning. If you start and do an hour a week now plus a little bit of reading each and every day, you will be all ready by the end of summer!
You might be wondering, well, what should I read?
Here are my suggestions, please do take what resonates with you or add your suggestions in the comment boxes below!
For parenting and gentle discipline, see here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/11/27/favorite-books-for-gentle-discipline/
For the six/seven year old change, try “You’re Not the Boss of Me! Understanding the Six/Seven Year Transformation” edited by Ruth Ker, and available here at Bob and Nancy’s: http://www.waldorfbooks.com/edu/child_development_health.htm (scroll down)
For understanding Waldorf Education in light of child development, I recommend “Soul Economy” and “The Education of the Child”
For Waldorf grades one and two (and three! and beyond!), I recommend “Practical Advice to Teachers” and “Discussions with Teachers”
Many of the parenting books can be found at your local library or used on Amazon or other booksellers. Many of Steiner’s works can be found for free on-line.
Read, learn, plan and enjoy!
Much love to you,