One of the major reasons we began homeschooling, and subsequently were drawn to Waldorf Education, was actually about health. The healing that can come from Waldorf Education is tremendous. The health of the future adult when you parent and educate children in this developmental appropriate way makes a difference in a chaotic world that is largely hostile toward the protection and gradual unfolding of children.
We wanted time and space for rest and so our children got enough sleep, enough time outside, warming meals at home, and the ability to progress education in a way that we saw as developmentally appropriate moving from the physical body and work of the will to the work of the head; a well-rounded education inclusive of all of the arts.
In order to show that our genuine and authentic reasons for homeschooling are true then, is to devise a rhythm around health. This may look different in every family, and I think is easier to do if your children are younger or if your children are perhaps more homebodies. Being home and taking care of health is much easier than taking care of health whilst on the go every second.
Some suggestions for devising a homeschooling rhythm from rest and health might include any of the following:
- Earlier bedtimes
- Rest and nap times
- Limited outside the home activities
- Planning a rhythm that alternates between out-breath and in-breath activities
- Planning your day around you, the homeschooling parent’s, need for physical movement and the children’s need for movement.
- Meal planning and the shopping of healthy, whole foods from local suppliers
- Planning homeschooling days of the week with an eye to a day for health, whether this means to you a day outside hiking or being out in nature or a day to run to a member of your health care team for you or your children
- Healing touch – this is easy to work in during the homeschool environment. Hand and foot massages, back rubs, and hugs are great places to start.
- Daily spiritual practices
- Planning quiet times throughout the day
- Schooling outside as much as possible
- Spending time with pets during school
I would love to hear your suggestions! How do you plan your homeschooling rhythm from rest and focus on health?