Waldorf Homeschooling With a Kindergartner, Third Grader and A Baby

Yes, this is where I am these days.  Planning away, dreaming and thinking.  And de-cluttering my house.

I saw a post recently on Marsha Johnson’s list regarding doing Waldorf homeschooling with a First and Third Grader;I think one of  the responses was something along the lines of try doing the Main Lesson for the First Grader first thing and make the traditional Middle Lesson for the Third Grader.  I thought that was interesting.

I am trying this rhythm ( below)  this year for my Third Grader and Kindergartner.  Essentially I used my Word program to make a table with two columns with the older children’s names in it because even if one child is working with me on something there has to be something going on for the other child.  Does that make sense?  I cannot leave my Kindergartner to wander about and have nothing planned whilst I am working with my older child, and vice versa.  Or if they are playing or doing something on their own, when that runs out and they need something to do, I have to have something ready to go!

So, the general flow of the day and my chart looks a bit like this:

  Third Grader Kindergartner
Main Lesson

(one to one and a half hours)

Days One through Four here

Movement last 10 minutes or so

Activities to do during Main Lesson, Days One through Four

Movement with Third Grader last ten minutes or so

Kindergarten Story

(15 minutes or so)

What will Third Grader be doing during this time? Listening to the Kindergartner story or working independently? Days 1-3, story, puppet shows Day 3 of last week of story

Day 4  Wet on Wet painting and Bible story

Lesson A (half hour) 10 minutes Movement

plus whatever I put here – math or grammar practice, form drawing, music etc.

10 Minutes Movement with Third Grader

Ideas for Creative Play here

Practical Work (half hour) We can do this together, but I am also thinking:  What can my child do around the house to help today that would be specific to a nine-year-old? DAY ONE-Craft DAY TWO Gardening; DAY THREE Housecleaning; Day four baking
Lesson B

(half hour or so)

Days 1-2

Day four out of house

Days 1-2 Art

Day three Music

Day four out of house

Lesson C (this would be after lunch)

(forty five minutes)

Hands – cooking, painting, modeling, handwork, etc.

Some of this will be done together; Crafts and festival preparation we will do together

Six Year Old Projects
Directed Movement

anywhere from 15 minutes to an afternoon adventure)

   

 

The length of time is approximate, there will be rest breaks and snacks and lunch and quiet time in there….I am not saying this is how YOU should do things, this is just what I am experimenting with.  LOL.  If you are wondering where the whole lessons A, B, C, originated from,   I actually liked the lessons A,B,C that Christopherus Third Grade  had, and I only have two children to work  with, so I thought I would give it a go.  As usual, I am taking some things from some pre-created curriculum and creating some blocks myself and melding it all as I see fit.

This is the big idea though:  the more children you have, the more you will have to integrate lessons and not have things be so separate. There are some of you who read this blog who have five or more children,and I am sure you can attest to this! Your Waldorf homeschool will not look like a Waldorf School with everyone having a separate Main Lesson, and that is okay!  Home has so many advantages, and family is first and foremost. 

I am also making lots of plans revolving around the liturgical year; these traditions are precious and dear and another excellent reason we homeschool, so sometimes things will be pared down to a Main Lesson and maybe one other thing involving crafts or  cooking or putting on a play for that particular festival. 

I hope this stimulates some ideas for you all, I hope some of you will share on your own blogs what your planning looks like to help other mothers.  We are all here to help each other and learn.

Many blessings,

Carrie

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12 thoughts on “Waldorf Homeschooling With a Kindergartner, Third Grader and A Baby

  1. Thank you for this! I am Waldorf homeschooling a 4th grader, 3rd grader, Kind/1st (haven’t decided), and toddler this year with a baby on the way. I have been busy planning and my head is spinning! I have combined a few of their blocks like Community in the fall and spring and Russian Tales in the winter which makes it easier. I wish I had a teaching assistant, though! lol

  2. Great plans, Carrie! Surely your children will both benefit from being within earshot (or directly involved) in the other ones lessons. What a loving home you have!

  3. Carrie – I have a kindergartner and a third grader too :-)

    I love your chart! I have been trying to figure out the logistics of our school year because a lot of Waldorf is so age specific. Plus my K guy is really wanting a more school-ish time at the table this year. I have lots of fun things planned for him based around the 5-6 year old fairy tales. I will be using Christopherus for my 3rd grader. I really think a chart like this will help make things feel more cohesive! Thanks!!!

    • Hi Apple!
      I am happy to think my small little system might help you or someone else…
      That is a lovely thought for today. Thank you!
      Many blessings,
      Carrie

  4. Carrie,

    I have the 3rd grader and the Kinder. Do you have any other planning sheets you could share? I would love to use what you have as my own starting point. If you post on your website links or send attachments that would be terrific! I do have the same curriculum and was wondering what you are using for the kinder. I thought about making do or getting the one from Little Flower Garden.

    Again, any planning sheets in word would be great. I have such a hard time working it all out on paper.

    Thanks a bunch!

    • Hi Mystikmomma! How are you?
      You are very kind.
      I write my own curriculum for the most part and I take things from here and there and write some blocks of my own. For Kindergarten and First Grade, I pretty much write my own (but I have to admit to having lots of books with fairy tales and puppetry in them, so I do have ideas! :)) I don’t have any planning sheets other than my simple little table and then I write any needed notes/more detailed lesson plans beneath the table.
      For first and second, I wrote everything long-hand (no tables) and pretty much wrote each day from the morning verses to the closing verses.
      There are many other planning posts on this blog, if you use the search engine they should come up, but here are a few to get you going:

      http://theparentingpassageway.com/2010/06/14/individual-assessment-for-homeschooling-success/

      and here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2010/02/23/planning-101-planning-for-fall/

      I hope that is helpful to you!

      Many blessings,
      Carrie

    • Hi Mystikmomma! How are you?
      You are very kind.
      I write my own curriculum for the most part and I take things from here and there and write some blocks of my own. For Kindergarten and First Grade, I pretty much write my own (but I have to admit to having lots of books with fairy tales and puppetry in them, so I do have ideas! :)) I don’t have any planning sheets other than my simple little table and then I write any needed notes/more detailed lesson plans beneath the table.
      For first and second, I wrote everything long-hand (no tables) and pretty much wrote each day from the morning verses to the closing verses.
      There are many other planning posts on this blog, if you use the search engine they should come up, but here are a few to get you going:

      http://theparentingpassageway.com/2010/06/14/individual-assessment-for-homeschooling-success/

      and here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2010/02/23/planning-101-planning-for-fall/

      I hope that is helpful to you!

      Many blessings,
      Carrie

  5. Hello Carrie!

    I would love to see your daily rhythm from waking to bedtime to see how your schooling falls into the day – if you are able to share that would be wonderful!

    My school planning is all done & I am a very happy bunny : )

    Lynnx

  6. Carrie,
    You listed music ‘lessons’ for your Kindergartener, what do you mean by that?
    I do not imagine that you are teaching him/ her a music instrument at this age, what are you doing during that time, singing songs, is this part of your circle time?

    Maggie

    • Hi Maggie — Yes, singing and singing games! Or special seasonal circle games, like songs dealing with being a woodcutter, dwarves, etc.
      Thank you for having me clarify..
      Blessings to you!
      Carrie

  7. What is your baby doing while you homeschool your other 2 ? I am really struggling to homeschool just one 2nd grader with a 14 month old crying for attention every step of the way? Today we are trying to wait until nap time, we tried to play a board game and we can’t even get through that!

    Blessings Lisa

    • Hi Lisa,
      When my baby was oh so small I used snack time and a sling a lot. With a toddler, we homeschool outside often. I have a chalkboard I can move outside (it is on wheels), and a fenced in backyard with a playset, sandbox, etc. We also homeshool on the driveway quite a bit and have out jump ropes, scooters, bikes, etc. I have two older children so they can take turns entertaining, which doesn’t help in your case because you are busy with one. Fourteen months is a hard age because they just want to toddle. How about homeschooling in the kitchen where your toddler can play in the sink? Sometimes the younger ones create a bit of a mess, but this buys you time. And yes, saving some things for naptime. We still do that as well as my toddler is now almost two and into lots of things! Also, lots of breaks for movement and snacks that all can enjoy!

      Does that help at all?
      Many blessings,
      Carrie

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