Curriculum Decision Fatigue

Sometimes mothers can really work themselves into a decision fatigue over planning the homeschool year and picking resources.  In the land of Waldorf Education, homemade is wonderful because the subjects that speak to the development of the child at a particular age are ALWAYS going to be better when they are understood and warmed by the breath and touch of a parent and teacher.

However, that being said, many parents are trying to Waldorf homeschool without ever seeing a Waldorf School, where so many of our traditions as homeschoolers come from.  Parents are trying to homeschool without ever knowing another Waldorf homeschooler, let alone Waldorf homeschoolers that have walked this path into the upper grades or high school to see where things really land!

For these reasons, I think curriculum can help, especially if it means not choosing to do the healing waters of Waldorf Education versus other streams of education.  I have spoken again and again about what I look for within a curriculum and from a curriculum author who proclaims to represent Waldorf Education.  I have spoken time and again about how I wished mothers would read Steiner for themselves, look at the descriptions and blogs of the school, and to consider attending any in-person workshops or conferences they can travel to.  Choose your resources wisely and with care.

But most of all, know in your heart that homeschooling will be different than the school setting. It is not supposed to be school.  You cannot do every extra subject on top of a main lesson time with multiple children.  And that is okay.  You do need an afternoon to clean your house and go grocery shopping and you do need time to take care of yourself.

Homeschooling can become  a long picture view instead of a quick decision fatigue over curriculum.  If you homeschool through eighth grade or high school, you have eight to twelve years to get things together.  It is okay if it all doesn’t happen in one year!  Small steps add up to beig results in being slow and steady over the years.

Love yourself, and your family,  by trying to get things down to a level of simplicity and a feeling of being unrushed. If you feel rushed, you are doing too much probably both outside of the home and also probably trying to do too much within your homeschool.  Simple is best, and oh so lovely.

Many blessings and much love,
Carrie

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One thought on “Curriculum Decision Fatigue

  1. Thanks Carrie for the beautiful words. This is so true and so stressful for many who are trying to recreate the Waldorf school at home. It can’t be done. What we can do is read Steiner and apply all that we can to our homes. For me, that resulted in me creating the bulk of my lessons myself. It was easier because I was only schooling one, as my children are 10 years apart. I did use some Oak Meadow classes for high school and Teaching Textbooks for some math. However, the bulk of it was created by me. Now, as I go through it again with my 8 year old I find I like Christopherus just to spark some new ideas. It all goes back to a basic understanding of where Steiner was coming from and connecting head, heart, and hands. I see many homeschool moms agonizing over curriculum choices for months only to drop it for the next new thing. If all that energy/time was put towards understanding Waldorf ideology and creating lesson blocks just imagine what could be accomplished. It truly is a marathon, not a sprint. Less time fretting over the perfect Waldorf home/curriculum and more time engaged with our kids is what we should all strive for.
    Thanks so much for all you do here. You inspire me.

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