It is not just about Main Lesson Books. And in fact, in homeschooling, we have much more leeway for how we approach subjects than probably even in a Waldorf School.
Many times people want to compare a Waldorf School and Waldorf homeschooling. I don’t think it is that simple. In fact, it is a bit like comparing apples and oranges, as the saying goes…or perhaps it is more like comparing grapefruit and oranges. You know, we are related a little, we are all in the same fruit basket, but there are very different things about grapefruits and oranges!
Here is some of the “Very DIfferent”:
Waldorf homeschoolers are first and foremost homeschoolers. We homeschool to put family first, and if we have multiple children, we might have to bend the way schools do things. Rejoice in that! Embrace that and live! That is part of health! I was thinking the other day about astronomy in sixth grade and how this is a “block” and there is this main lesson work…and how at home it might be more like camping out under the stars in the backyard, it might be watching the sunrise with a cup of tea, it might be about doing this over the summer too, it might be about going on field trips to museums or the local astronomy club in town, and it would certainly include telling some great fables about the sky and the stars. I guess what I am trying to say is that Waldorf at home sometimes is a bit more loose, it may not fit into a Main Lesson Book. And that is okay!
When we Waldorf homeschool, we put our family culture first and foremost because homeschooling is about family. So whether you are Jewish or Christian, roaming travelers or love to be home, musicians or gardeners or bakers..your homeschool has the unique flavor and culture of you! I guess this may not be much different than a teacher who imprints themselves and who they are on a class, but it is different in terms that we are building a family culture through homeschooling. Continue reading