I still love Waldorf homeschooling; it is the method that speaks to me as a lover of stories and literature and history; it speaks to me as an artist; it speaks to me as a physical therapist; it speaks to me as a spiritual person (which is different than being religious, and I add a lot, a lot, a lot of theology in as well!); it speaks to my love of nature and how to approach science….
But, most of all, it speaks to me from a place of love and compassion for children and for what will help them. That, to me, is the bottom line.
I don’t have to agree with all of Steiner’s philosophies in life, but the nuts and the bolts and the practicalities of education I like and I have worked with to teach reading, writing, math, handwriting, handwork and other subjects. This method stresses observation, love and respect for the child, and developmental timing.
If you are getting bogged down, may I humbly suggest to just remember homeschooling is different than a Waldorf school. Do keep it simple. You don’t have to draw a chalkboard drawing the night before; draw with your child. Maybe your homeschool is stronger in gardening than playing the pentatonic flute. Maybe you go to the park instead of having a circle time.
It is okay to be different than a school, in fact, it is going to be different. That is the beauty of homeschooling over any school, including a Waldorf school. The most important part of this is to be together, to love each other, to give your children a sense of the beauty and awe and interconnectedness of this world the Creator gave us, to respect that time and space that children need to unfold, to be able to really “get” the development of your individual child and the development of your family, to show your children the beauty of community.
Years later, I am still grateful I found Waldorf Education. In an educational land gone crazy with fact shoving, testing, memorizing, teaching to the test, and dedicated and wonderful teachers who now cannot teach the way they truly want to, I am grateful I can home educate.
On the days when it is hard, on the days when I question why this insanity and chaos, on the days when I want to throw in the towel, I see my daughters “get” something, I see the children playing all together and laughing, we see the beauty of a bird or flower or chipmunk and breathe in the fresh air, and I remember.
This is why I am doing this. For love.
And love to you today, and many blessings,