I listed my new-to-me top ten favorite resources I am using for fall planning and today I want to share with you some of my favorite Waldorf Pinterest Boards and You Tube videos/channels. We all learn in different ways, and Waldorf Education is such an experiential form of education, so if you cannot attend an IN-PERSON, LIVE training or workshop (which I recommend most highly!), then sometimes visuals and demonstrations via videos can be helpful.
Of course, any one can put up anything on the Internet. One wants to be discerning as to the myriad of things out there that are being labeled “Waldorf” or “Waldorf -Inspired” simply because this label can encompass products and viewpoints that are right on, and products and viewpoints that have nothing to do with Waldorf Education. In one sense, Rudolf Steiner was not nearly as dogmatic as people make him out to be in regards to educational practices and what comes when; but on the other hand there are solid developmental reasons to place things in general categories: early years till the six/seven year change; up until the nine year change; from the nine to twelve year old change, and lastly up to the fifteen/sixteen year old change. We must view anything labeled as “Waldorf” through this development lens and really pay attention to what these seven year cycles and transitional points mean for educating a whole, beautiful child. I think if we are homeschooling with the goal of it being a “Waldorf” experience, then we must know about these developmental stages of the human being, and know why we do (or don’t!) do what we do and what is created dogma and what is not. If you are searching for more information on this subject, I refer you to this May 2017 post at Waldorfish and to this post by Jean Miller over at Waldorf-Inspired Learning regarding the the three stages of the Waldorf curriculum. And, of course, there are many back posts on this blog detailing some of the things that Steiner said and wrote about. I will be writing another post shortly where I will tell you WHERE in Steiner’s lectures to find (or not) some of the major themes for each grade (or if it is standard because the Waldorf Schools have made these themes traditional?)
So, all that to say, is that there is inspiration every where when one teachers with Waldorf, and if we know and understand development and broad themes, I have found gems to work into our homeschooling experience with the following:
- Queen’s Lace is one of my favorites, with very extensive boards!
- Waldorf Hannah is also very extensive with many sub-categories by blocks or skills for each grade.
- I think Waldorfish has found some of the most beautiful pins.
- I would like to tell you about my own board as well. I cover Early Years through Grade 12.
You Tube Videos:
- If you are new to Waldorf homeschooling, try Jean Miller’s Waldorf 101 for homeschoolers and Thinking, Feeling, Willing from the Nairobi Waldorf School
- Green Meadow Waldorf School has a good variety of topics dealing with child development and the curriculum
- Pepper and Pine has about 336 videos as of this writing, and is specific to Waldorf homeschooling using Live Education! as a spine.
- Master Waldorf Teacher Sarah Baldwin has a You Tube Channel with “Sundays With Sarah”
- Melisa Nielsen has an extensive amount of videos regarding all aspects of Waldorf homeschooling.
Hope that is helpful.