I want to point out here something really, really important. You are not trying to re-create a Waldorf School in your home. Life is the curriculum. The liturgical year, the birthdays, the appointments, the car breaking down, cooking, feeding the animals – that is all the curriculum for home learners.
There has been bigish (LOL) debate or discussion in the past about unschooling versus Waldorf homeschooling. This is sort of moot in a way because by homeschooling I think there is automatically going to be “what comes up” as learning. People have asked me how to reconcile “what Waldorf brings in when” with “what comes up” or “what my child wants to learn”. I wrote a little about that in this post: To me, if you are familiar with the development of the child, it is not hard to bring things in a developmentally appropriate way that still fits your family.
So, I am saying all this to say: you don’t, you won’t, you don’t want to be perfect. Take a daily rhythm that fits your family and now make your daily planning form. And know that because you are running your home and your life, and not a school classroom with 30 children, there is room to wiggle.
Maybe on one block you combine all your children together into one main lesson period and rotate around between them. Maybe you normally combine everyone and on some lesson blocks you try to work with some of the children individually. Maybe most mornings you start with a gathering time, and today you decide you everyone needs a walk. Don’t feel like your rhythm is a noose around your neck, and stop abandoning Waldorf because you don’t think you can do it perfectly.
So, since I don’t know what your rhythm looks like, I can only really share with you my daily planning form. I essentially do plan two main lessons that are not too long, and they may be done outside so my toddler can roam free. Or I might combine everyone at the same time. It depends upon my mood. I try to shoot for one time slot after lunch where I might be able to work on a little “extra lesson” – ie, a different subject. My second grader will have an extra lesson of math each week on Thursdays, and my fifth grader will have extra lessons scheduled M,T, W to do either grammar, math or whatever it is that we need to get to. In the past I have done mainly the main lesson and worked in other things at the end as I needed to, but with a fifth grader this year I wanted to try it this way. That is the joy of homeschooling: you try things, you tweak things, you go looser, you go tighter.
So my main idea of a rhythm looks like this right now, totally subject to change: Continue reading