I see many families who start along the path of Waldorf homeschooling. Some embrace it fully, some families weave in and out of it for quite some time. Some families choose to go a different path, some go a different path and then steer back towards Waldorf homeschooling around the time their children go through the development shifts of ages nine and ten. And yes, some become absolute haters of Waldorf education, which I frankly feel many times is not due to Waldorf education in and of itself, but how that family approached it all. Are there ways to avoid pitfalls in Waldorf homeschooling?
I don’t know for sure, but I do have a few ideas. So here are my Top Ten Ways to make Waldorf homeschooling work for you!
1. Do not get so hung up on the “right and perfect way” to do Waldorf education or the “right and perfect curriculum” that will be the “magic” for your home. YOU are the magic. In the home environment, there are few guideposts and roadmaps. The main thing is to know development, observe your child and strive yourself, have joy and keep things vibrant. If you are trying for “perfect” it is all drudgery and you will soon abandon Waldorf Education.
2. In the Early Years, be wary and careful of doing way too much way too soon. Far better to live within the rhythms of the year, the seasons, the liturgical year, your own home and develop those things fully than to spend hours creating perfect handwork projects and charming things for your children (unless creating perfect handwork projects is part of what nourishing YOU). Do not stress over every little thing trying to make it “Waldorf perfect.”
3. Remember the wisdom of the forest kindergarten movement. I really feel this is where a child birth through aged five or so should be centered more than anything, in nature and in that movement, in the musicality of creation. Around that shift of five and a quarter, five and a half I think is where you can really observe your child and see what skills they still need to develop in order to be successful in the early grades. You can search “Nokken” in the search engine on this blog and learn more.
4. Look ahead. Yes, there are differences between a Continue reading