I was thinking recently about what would MOST help people new to Waldorf homeschooling or those struggling with burnout who need to re-center. Sometimes we need this re-centering in February!
My personal “cardinal rules” of Waldorf homeschooling:
- Make LOVE the core of your homeschool. This is always more important than any academic progress or Main Lesson or artistic focus. This is the foundation of becoming and being human.
- Always work with not only your WHOLE child (physical body, life forces through rhythm, the feeling life and the spiritual life) but with the WHOLE family. Homeschooling is about family.
- The homeschooling parent needs to feel stable in order to have successful lessons. It is may be necessary to unschool, use a workbook, or do something else to get through a truly difficult or horrific season. If you homeschool long enough, I think it it will come out in the wash. The homeschooling parent may need to work on his or her own baggage in order to bring this type of homeschooling successfully and it may take time.
- Do what you can. You cannot have a Waldorf School in your home. Waldorf homeschooling follows in the traditions of the Waldorf School, but is not Waldorf School at home. It is Waldorf homeschooling; it is holistic homeschooling for all the human beings in the house!
- Celebrate the rhythm of the day, week, and year and hold on to it in a simple and sustainable way. Celebrate the festivals, even with teens. They will thank you later.
- Work from the local and innocent child in front of you to your home to your local area to your local state or province to your country to your region of the world to the world. It will all come in time. If you get nervous, look ahead to the later middle grades and the high school grades. It is ALL there.
- Get a spiritual path for your family and KEEP it. Draw strength from it!
- Get out in nature every day and take time to camp, hike, swim, pick fruit, farm, be with animals, look at the woods or beach and wonder in awe together.
- Remember goodness of the world –> beauty of the world –> truth in the world; gratitude —> love —> duty (a love of the whole world with a desire to help humanity) as the most important things in the basic seven year cycles of the child.
- Keep striving to improve yourself and your interest in the world. As your children grow, you may feel more able to expand or practice art or develop other skills that will be used in your homeschooling adventures.
Many blessings and love tonight,