|Mrs. Marsha Johnson posted this on her Yahoo!Group and I thought is was well-worth sharing as mothers start to plan for homeschooling for the fall.
These are the wise words of Mrs. Johnson:
1. Work with the WHOLE CHILD
2. Always begin from the child’s point of view, i.e., do not tell space stories to 4 year olds who have no concept of space, etc. but do tell nature stories about animals s/he sees on a regular basis. Think LOCALLY and expand gradually.
3. Use imitation in birth to 7, imagination in 7 to 14, and inspiration in 14 to 21.
4. Be creative and artistic in your lessons. Avoid abstract concepts, try to find hands on interesting ideas to present your material.
5. Include movement in nearly every activity, recognize and use in-breathing and out-breathing rhythms to the day
6. Remember Head (morning), heart (rhythmic activities middle of the day) and hands (afternoon activities).
7. Set a home rhythm, get rid of excess material goods, and insist on regular rising and resting times, ensure the children have 11-12 hours of sleep per night and eat as close to Mother Nature fresh as possible!
8. Rid your home of televisions, video poisons, and insist on outdoor play, go camping, hiking, food gathering, and exploring.
9. Pray before meals and before bed, find a spiritual path and STICK TO IT. Celebrate regular festivals
10. Develop a social network of like minded families anf gather regularly to share, support, care, and enjoy one another. Invest in these lifelong friendships.
11. Care for yourself, pursue a daily lesson for YOU, and invest time in educating yourself and enhancing your skills/abilities/ capacities.
12. Use heart seeing, heart thinking, and heart visioning. Show a warm interest in every single encounter on the physical plane, whether with a weed, a person, a pet, a sunset, or ? Empathize with the Other and teach your young to do so, too.
These are my TWELVE CARDINAL RULES OF HEALTHY WALDORF PARENTING AND LIVING…..
Love, Mrs Marsha