It’s That Time Of Year!! Questions About Waldorf Homeschooling!

It is that time of year where families are planning for their Waldorf homeschooling experiences and have questions.  So, here is a round up of back posts and links about some specific subjects that come up over and over and over:

  • How do I bring Waldorf into my homeschooling?  Here is a guest post by Donna Simmons of Christopherus Homeschool Resources on that subject: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2010/08/25/bringing-waldorf-to-homeschooling-by-donna-simmons/
  • What is a Main Lesson?  I like this series of posts about the Main Lesson from
    Waldorf Teacher Meredith who is currently teaching fifth grade starting here with this post: http://www.awaldorfjourney.com/2010/12/main-lesson/
  • Do I have to believe in anthroposophy (the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner)  to use Waldorf Education?  Well, I know Eugene Schwarz and many others would argue with this,  especially for the school setting, but my answer for the home setting is no and/or not necessarily.  In the home environment we are free to dip a tiny toe into Rudolf Steiner’s teachings or to delve deeply.   I write about this thought here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/12/27/waldorf-101-do-i-have-to-be-an-anthroposophist-to-homeschool-with-waldorf/    There are  many devoutly religious mothers who use surface elements of Waldorf Education in their homeschools, but make their religious life and the Church the focus of their family life and homeschooling experience. I think this is a matter for personal discernment and reason.  I have heard some priests refer to this as not a theological question, but a pastoral question. 

Waldorf Education coincides well with Piaget and Gesell in terms of what comes in when, so perhaps those mainstream underlying philosophies appeal to you more as a basis for what you are doing. 

Some mothers will feel because Steiner designed his curriculum for the proper incarnation of the soul of the child, according to his spiritual view and observation of the child, that they cannot use it.  The Roman Catholic Church has a position against Steiner’s philosophy, but as far as I know, Waldorf Education is not condemned.  Roman Catholic priests still go into the Waldorf Schools in Germany to provide religious lessons.  I am not Roman Catholic, so I hestitate to write even the above as I don’t understand it all. All I know is as in life, matters of the spirit are rarely cut and dried.  Do your own investigating!  Talk to your priest or spiritual advisor, see where you are in your walk, and if the basis of this is easy for you to separate or not.  If not, you may need a different homeschooling method.

Hope those back posts and links assist you,

Carrie

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3 thoughts on “It’s That Time Of Year!! Questions About Waldorf Homeschooling!

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  2. I am Roman Catholic but did not know that the church had a stance against Steiner’s philosophy. I think the position of the Roman Catholic church against Steiner’s philosophy concerns the part about reincarnation, as the Catholic church does not believe in it.
    I personally do not see Waldorf education itself conflicting with the Catholic church, due to Steiner’s philosophy not being taught at Waldorf schools and as you mention in your post Catholic priests do come in and teach at some Waldorf schools religiouse class.
    Maggie

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