Taking Stock

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,

9 thoughts on “Taking Stock

  1. I really appreciate your posts, and after reading this post, I realize that I honestly haven’t been taking stock/doing a good job. I’ve only started Kindergarten homeschooling my eldest daughter, but have let everything slide and haven’t done the projects, character emphasis, storytelling I had in mind. I just let her play all day with her little brother and focus on keeping house or keeping them fed/happy. Even though I have a masters degree in elementary education, I feel like I am not going to be a good homeschooling mother, because I’m a selfish artist type. I get great inspiration but do not follow through with things for longer than a week or two. I keep waiting for myself to buckle down, I don’t know if it’s her young age or I really just need to focus. I admire your advice so much, what wisdom do you have for new/discouraged/ready to register for school mothers like myself? Thank you again!!

    • Denise,
      Are you Waldorf homeschooling? I think that would make a difference in what I say or don’t say. 🙂
      Hang in there! It can be hard to get a rhythm going, and many mothers tell me they feel like they only settle into homeschooling after they have been doing it for several years! If your daughter is very young,life is the curriculum and doing practical work and free play and getting in her body is just the ticket.

    • Thanks Carrie! Yes, I am Waldorf homeschooling. I set up our week so that each day was a particular activity “baking on Monday, painting on Tuesday” etc. and haven’t even kept up with that which is what makes me feel as though I have failed. My daughter is only 5, but has such energy and desire to do amazing creative projects every day. My son is different, much more relaxed and easy going so I know that it is also her personality that makes me feel like life as curriculum and free play aren’t quite meeting her needs. She can be quite hyperactive at times, but when she gets into her mind/imagination she is so focused and brilliant. I guess I’ll just keep on researching on how to best help her personality. The link that you provided on the constitutional types of children was fascinating.

    • Denise,
      What you are talking about I think actually has less to do with your daughter and more to do with developing your own adult will. Throw “adult will” into the search engine on this blog and I think some useful posts will come up for you! You have not failed, and you can begin anew. You can take hold of your rhythm, and really hold the space. If it is free play and outside play, then yes we do that, but it is how you lead. This sets up a very healthy foundation for homeschooling in the grades. Feel free to email me from the bottom of the “About ” page if you would like to dialogue with me in private.

      Many blessings,

  2. Very useful post. Thanks Carrie. This is my second year with a small group of children mostly with autism. Last year the children who came were of the kindergarten age. This year there are new and older children.
    I am doing grade 1 with them. Our day starts with physiotherapy and movement, followed by main lesson as therapist can’t come later. we also incorporate music and art through the day.
    I am following the Waldorf curriculum but the children don’t really respond much due to their challenges. It becomes quite a challenge to find out if they are grasping or how much they have grasped.
    Our focus is mainly on grounding as that automatically increases compliance and output.
    We also guide parents on diet, rhythms, technology, etc. A lot depends on what is happening back home.
    If there are any other readers who are using the curriculum with children on the spectrum, I would appreciate any sharing.
    Love and blessings,

    • Hi Nirupama,
      Nice to hear from you and know that you are still here and doing your important work with your children.

  3. Carrie,
    Last year you posted a link to a Sarah who was doing a stocking stuffer exchange. Wondering is she is doing it again this year?

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