In the past, many mothers found information about Waldorf Education by attending something at a school, a Steiner playgroup, or attending a curriculum fair at a Waldorf homeschooling group. It was an in-person experience and it was an experience that perhaps built through a school year or through seasons. There is something so wonderful about experiencing Waldorf education in person through a group, a workshop, a study group. It may be at a “school” and yes, school is different than homeschooling children of different grades, but it is not a bad starting point to gleam ideas and understand the atmosphere a great teacher can hold.
At some point, gathering information seems to have moved from an in-person experience to an experience of Yahoo groups or forums and then into blogs. Now it seems the information gathering has moved to mainly Facebook groups. I am not currently on ANY Waldorf homeschooling or Steiner-related Facebook groups due to the tone of these groups and the lack of information presented in a detailed way.
- If you are truly interested in Waldorf homeschooling and want to learn more, here are some ideas to support and encourage you:
- Look for programs based from a Waldorf school, a Waldorf farm program or other Waldorf based program where trained teachers could be helpful.
- You could also look at trainings through Lifeways, Sophia’s Hearth, a Foundation Studies program that has come to your city, or other training program.
- You could read Steiner, and look at curriculum and resources for yourself and decide what is right for you and your family after you discern what you are looking for. In the United States, you can join the Rudolf Steiner College Library to see even more books, including many that are out of print. There are also many free e-books available at the Waldorf Library On-Line. Many, many free ebooks!! Check there before you buy something because you may be surprised that it is there! Get with other Waldorf homeschooling mothers in your area, and look at each other’s resources.
- You could contact a Waldorf homeschooling group or even a single Waldorf homeschooling family in your area. Many of the different Waldorf homeschool providers keep lists of where families are geographically.
- I maintain an impartial presence regarding curriculum. or curriculum providers. Again, some are more true to Waldorf pedagogy than others so if you are looking for curriculum that is true to Steiner’s work, do your research for yourself. If I use something and I love it, I will say it in my posts on different grades. Different curriculum and different resources speaks to different people. Do your research. If you want this path, then you will find places to ask questions and take the time to study yourself.
- The free files at Marsha Johnson’s firstname.lastname@example.org are wonderful and show how a homeschooler could put a Main Lesson together. Waldorf Curriculum Discussion Facebook group may be helpful as you can ask any question about any curriculum and any facet of Waldorf Education. However, in general, in person workshops will be much more helpful than any Facebook group.
- A curriculum consultant could be helpful, if it is the right person for where you are. Choose with care. Again though, I STRONGLY feel more that the tools for this path lie within you and less within outside people. I absolutely will not comment on curriculum consultants because I feel you can do this!
If you really want to do this, like anything in life, you can do it with some work and striving. I have been homeschool planning on and off since February, and I am a busy person. You can do this too!
Blessings and love,