In one post I shared my personal form for the rhythm of one of our days of the week, but I was recently thinking about a sample form or list that could help mothers plan their Grades One through Eight homeschooling according to the eight pillars of artistic work of Waldorf Education that we have talked about in the past on this blog. Academic subjects are taught through artistic work in Waldorf Education; this is an enlivening form of education for the child.
Please take this as a “I thought of this in quickly and you might be able to tweak it or use parts of it or come up with something even better” kind of way, not as a definitive end product.
Anyway, this is what I was thinking:
Name of Block:
Goals for Artistic Work:
Goals for Academic Work:
Goals for Social Skills or Character Development: (could be within the family, outside the family, personal development goals for that child):
Any notes on physical state of my child:
Any notes on the emotional state of my child:
Any notes on the spiritual state of my child:
Any special challenges in movement or other areas:
· Movement Games:
· Movement in Poetry:
· Movement for Childhood website suggestions:
· Mental Math:
· Spelling Words of the Week: (typically second grade and up, some Waldorf homeschoolers don’t do a lot of formal spelling, it depends upon your child and your approach!)
Main Lesson: (and the order of this may vary depending on what you are doing each day)
· Review of material: Through what means? Just talking together, drama, other forms?
· Response of Child/Lesson Activity – How will this be accomplished through drama, speech/poetry, drawing, painting, movement, modeling, handwork, singing and musical instruments – what are the artistic and academic pieces being brought here? Do the artistic pieces need teaching in themselves or “warm up activities” to help and guide the child?
· Presentation of New Material by Teacher – through what artistic means?
Transition verses for child to come back to practical work or additional lessons:
Ideas For Practical or Artistic Work after lunch:
Maybe jumping off from this list will help you organize your homeschooling or even help re-vitalize it during the often dreary, weary month of February.
Many blessings and much love,