This question, or a variation of this, comes up on all the Waldorf Facebook groups frequently. It is a not a bad question, of course, but also a challenging one for a “sound byte” medium such as Facebook because it deserves a full answer as to what the essence of Waldorf homeschooling is really about. Waldorf homeschooling is really about much more than the outer aspects of Waldorf that are touted on some of these groups, because it is the “inner” Waldorf life that really creates Waldorf homeschooling.
So, I am writing today to give some direction to those with small children who have just discovered Waldorf Education and are not sure where to go beyond the outer trappings of “stuff”.
I think the first aspect is to realize that Waldorf Education in the home first and foremost deals with a basis of attachment between parent and child. This is the basis of homeschooling in general, and Waldorf homeschooling is no exception. Therefore, you will need to be able to sort through literature about Waldorf Education and look at it through the lens of the home and family. I suggest beginning by reading some of the articles from the Gateways Journal through the Waldorf Library. The Gateways Journal deals with the Early Years child, mainly within a school setting, but much of it is also about development of the Early Years child in general and is therefore very valuable to the homeschooling parent.
Secondly, Waldorf Education is about developmental and holistic education based upon Rudolf Steiner’s pedagogical view of the child. It would serve one well to delve deeper into this area so one knows whether Waldorf Education matches up to what one really believes. The first seven years are about a Continue reading