I know everyone is focused on the holiday season right now, but it really is a wonderful time of year to take stock as to what has gone on in homeschooling…Really look at your child, look at what you have done so far, and look at what is essential to finish up this year.
Child Observation is such a strong key. This is a good article by Stephen Spitalny regarding the polarities of childhood development and starting points for balance: http://www.waldorflibrary.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=444:springsummer-2002-issue-42-characterizing-the-balancing-polarities&catid=15:gateways&Itemid=10
This is another good article by Dr. Michaela Glockler, anthroposophic physician, regarding six constitutional types of children: http://www.waldorflibrary.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=941:waldorf-journal-project-2-child-observation-and-study&catid=24:waldorf-journal-project&Itemid=10
I think really look at your child: where are they in their physical body? in their artistic work? in their academic work? how are they doing socially, what is going on their? where are they spiritually and in their religious life?
Then look at what blocks you have done this year, and how those went. Which ones went well, which ones were flat and why do you think this was so, how did these blocks speak to the areas above that you have observed and how did these blocks help lead to greater balance for your child?
Only then can you really discern the essential and how to make the next part of the school year truly effective.
I would love to hear what you have been doing so far in homeschooling, and how things are going!
Blessings and love,