Waldorf 101: Setting Up Your Family For Homeschooling Success

Many people are initially attracted to Waldorf due to the “gnomes and fairies” aspect (or repelled due to this!), the nature aspect, the emphasis on handwork….What would you say that these are the things to be least concerned with for making your home and your family a successful place for Waldorf homeschooling?

Please consider my list of things to think about in preparation for or in conjunction with Waldorf homeschooling:

1. Prepare your soul – do your own inner work to gain confidence for this journey.  If this is the right decision for your children, for your family, then this will carry you through the not-so peaceful days.

2.  Create your space – you do not need a lot of toys!  A Nature Basket, Table or Shelf would be nice, and a space to create art and have movement and tell stories.  A storage cabinet would be nice – I like the wardrobes from IKEA myself.  For Grades children, a table would be nice and you can never have enough blackboard space for a Grades child!

3.  Look at your rhythm in relation to sleep and meal times – when do you get up, when do you go to sleep, do your children have set rising times and asleep times?  When do you eat and how is food prepared and cleaned up?  How is the house cleaned?

4.  Look at your family culture – what do you all do together as a family?  What screen time goes on (computer, TV, otherwise) for ALL members of the household?

5.  Look at your outside time – does the family hike, farm, garden, do yard work, have animals to take care of?

6.   How does the home “feel”?  Loving, warm, joyous or tense and strained?  How do we model speaking to one another for our children, how do we show each other thoughtfulness, generosity, compassion, humor?

These things are much, much more important than having a bunch of wooden toys around your home!  Think about these questions, work with the answers, meditate on these thoughts and see what comes to you.




7 thoughts on “Waldorf 101: Setting Up Your Family For Homeschooling Success

  1. What a great list! I would say fairies and gnomes initially turned me off…a little to Lord of the Rings meets The Wizard of Oz. No offense to anyone, just my initial thoughts. But then I was really drawn in by all the things that you mentioned as being the least important…wooden toys, handwork, and so on.

    I find the more I delve into the Anthro. aspects of Waldorf the more I am interested in that, then the other.

    I also find that things that I have had loads of interest in always end up having a connection to the Waldorf world. Like NT and WAPS for example.

    Back to your list… I have the most work to do on #6. Which might just be one of the most important ideas. I find my self repeating the words, Warmth and Reverence, a LOT! Words that you have taught me about here. But some how the overwhelming stress of the day sometimes gets the best of me, and I always am left feeling failure instead of success in the wonderful world of mothering.

    If all I could provide for my son was a warm place to land were he felt respected, and protected I would feel successful. But instead trying to preform all the “right” tasks through day leave me a little less then at my best. So I will continue working on Warmth and Reverence. Please keep the threads coming on this topic…I need them!

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  3. Enjoying your informative and supportive information! There is a new kind of question arising in me lately, and I wanted to see if you might be able to speak to it. My son has just turned 6 – only a few days ago. The very short version of the question I have been carrying is — what are your thoughts on legos as play/toy, and specifically, legos as a toy/form of play in the 7 and under (again, my son is 6)? Would love to hear from you on this.

    Many thanks.

    • Diane, I think many little guys like Legos,,,, it is not exceptionally natural materials, of course, but I think playing with a set of Legos is not going to do harm. Especially if the set is one of those free building ones as opposed to sets where you are supposed to build one thing only. If you haven’t already introduced legos I would wait until he was a bit older, since he is a very young 6, but if this is already that exists in your playscape, then I think it is one of those things that you pick many natural toys to have out, you can rotate the legos to come down on a certain day or on the weekend, and there you go….This is real life, right? No losing the forest for the trees here, LOL. I happen to know Donna Simmons of Christopherus Homeschool loves playmobile and I am sure we all have our favorite non-natural toys…

      Hope that is helpful Carrie

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