The ten year anniversary of The Parenting Passageway is coming up in October. This blog has seen me through the days and years of when our oldest child was tiny, all the way through high school and three children homeschooling multiple times through the grades! Amazing all the different changes in ten years!
One thing that has been consistent about this blog is a love of developmental parenting and education. I often felt Waldorf Education met the developmental needs of our children very well, and wrote about what we were doing in our homeschooling. I extend an invitation to you to check out my thoughts regarding the different grades and what we did for certain blocks.
All of this information is free, and I hope you can use what you like out of it to put together developmental education for your own children.
Upper Grades: Getting To The Essence of A Block
Ideas for Teaching About Africa
Ideas for Teaching About Latin America
Seventh and Eighth Grade Chemistry
Guest Post: Seventh Grade Chemistry
Writing in the Middle School Grades
Drawing and Painting in Grades 6-8
Life Skills For Seventh and Eighth Graders
I went through seventh grade week by week , starting with Week One here
Block Rotation – second time through 8th grade
American History Blocks for Eighth Grade
Computers: A Waldorf Perspective
Homeschooling Eighth Grade for High School Credit
Pondering Homeschooling High School
I went through eighth grade week by week for the entire school year starting with this post: Week One Eighth Grade
Block Rotation for Ninth Grade
First Semester of Ninth Grade Wrap-Up
Homeschooling High School Biology
Multicultural Literature Recommendations
Blogs like yours are so precious to me, because I have discovered waldorf very late. I have three kids who are 13, 11 and 7. We will be waldorf homeschooling for the first time. I would like to combine most of the topics for the older ones. My question is for the older ones is it ok to do two main lessons- like one history and one science– on the same day? Since we will be starting with the 5th grade history I feel a little bit out of time. What would you suggest? Thank you.
Fifth grade begins with Ancient Mythologies, so I think you are right on time to jump in! I wouldn’t worry about doubling up on blocks during the same day unless perhaps it was geometry combined with something else – geometry and botany can go very nicely together I think in an integrated way. Welcome to Waldorf! Blessings,Carrie
Thank you. So I understand that just one main lesson block is enough per day.This makes me feel so relieved. Around 2 hours of main lesson + handwork or art related to the main lesson + self-read + maths(3 times a week) , my current plan, I hope this sounds fair enough. I have been able to spot just one post of yours about a full day, https://theparentingpassageway.com/2017/02/23/a-day-in-the-life-of-messy-waldorf-homeschooling/ , are there any other posts you could refer me to? Thanks a lot again.
Yes, sounds good. You are right, I think that is the only day in the life kind of post. I will try to write another one, but since our days are so different now with high school in the mix, not sure how helpful it will be. 🙂
Actually rather than a full day I am more interested in how you deliver/manage a main lesson. I am aware of the main lesson structure but I just would like to see it on a few sample topics. If there are posts like this, they would be great help. Thanks a lot for your time.
I will have to think on that one. I wrote one about general “how to teach a main lesson block” but I am not sure if I have much specifically with examples. I did do each week through grades I think it was – 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th? So those posts may have suggestions. If you throw me an example, I can make up a sample day for you. Thanks and blessings, Carrie