In my neck of the woods, many of my homeschooling friends are planning to start school in the next few weeks. The Deep South runs on a bit of a different time table than much of the country, who traditionally starts school after Labor Day.
Some mothers are still searching for curriculum to buy, or are realizing that there really is not a lot of money to buy curricula. Others are wondering how to put it all together.
I always start with a calendar of the year, an idea of when we want breaks and a general idea of starting and ending and then decide what block I would like to do when. I tend to stick to form drawing and math blocks that are shorter than language arts or history blocks.
Think about your child’s interests in planning blocks. A Waldorf homeschool is not a Waldorf School. Sarah Baldwin, owner of Bella Luna Toys, wrote a lovely post about this very topic from her own experience here: http://simplehomeschool.net/waldorf-homeschooling-learning-to-let-go/ If you know the curriculum and child development along with your child’s interests, you really can’t go wrong. Bring things in at the right time, but look and observe your child – not only what they like, but what they really need to be balanced and to grow up healthy and strong and capable.
Once you have an idea of your blocks, you can move into what your weekly rhythm looks like and your daily rhythm. I shared a number of homeschooling forms that I used to plan my school year this year: http://simplehomeschool.net/waldorf-homeschooling-learning-to-let-go/ and here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2012/06/16/get-your-planning-on-a-daily-homeschool-form-you-can-use/
Start plugging things in to your form – what verses will you use for your child to recite? Can you get a poem related to your subject from the library? What will you use as the basis for your block – fables, stories from history, etc? Can you get these from the library or can you afford to order something you would like to have on your book shelf?
Where is the rhythm of using sleep as an aid? Where is the movement, the arts (see this post to remind yourself: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2011/12/21/more-about-the-artistic-pillars-of-waldorf-education-a-virtual-tea/) , and the academic piece? Where is the practice for the academic pieces: your daily math practice and your reading aloud or having your child read to you? I find most families do put these things in daily and do not let them go with no practice for a whole block…Again, this is the reality of how families do things, not some dogmatic way of approaching things.
And finally, where is the FUN? Festival preparation, field trips, going out with your homeschool group, family outings or whole mornings or afternoons at the park or on a hike? Get your fun going on so you won’t be burned out by the holidays!