Fear is at the root of so much of the marketing gimmicks in Western culture. Are you scared, nervous, anxious, afraid? There is a product for that! If only you compare yourself enough and discover that you are “deficient” in some way, and then buy enough products to get up to par, then you will feel better!
In the homeschooling world, I feel like it is even worse because some of the curriculums prey on our worst fears –
We aren’t enough to teach our children.
We can’t give our children enough opportunities.
Our children won’t learn enough.
Our children won’t be prepared for the future.
Our children won’t be “socialized” enough.
There won’t be enough time in the day to give our children what they need.
And quite frankly, Waldorf homeschooling and sometimes curriculum can be right there as well. Entering this world can be one of anxiousness and doubt. Are you nervous about chalkboard drawing, playing a breathing instrument and stringed instrument and singing, drawing, painting, modeling, putting on plays, knitting and doing other forms of handwork, making sure you present things in a “Waldorf Way” and oh yes, getting academics in there? Plus, Waldorf homeschooling has the added bonus of a low to no media lifestyle that family and friends might disagree with, the penchant to make things (everything!) by hand, we protect the senses, we delay team sports and competition until sixth grade, we wait for academics until first grade – all of which may be totally new to you and totally different than how you were raised!
It’s a lot and it can feel intimidating and overwhelming for many homeschooling families, which is sad, because Waldorf homeschooling fits children’s health and educational needs in an amazing developmental way.
Well, I am here to tell you:
You are enough to teach your children. You have already been teaching them since day one!
You will give your children just the right opportunities that are available in your community.
Your children will learn plenty and be ahead.
Your children will be prepared for the future.
Your children will go on to have successful relationships.
You know your children the absolute best and better than any other expert. Not that we can’t use the help of experts or a village, because sometimes it takes a village, but that you know your beautiful children so well and this leads to success.
The Waldorf homeschool will never, and never should, look like a Waldorf School. You cannot be Main Lesson teacher, flute teacher, games teacher, string teacher, foreign language teacher, extra lessons teacher all rolled into one. But YOU are ENOUGH.
“How” we do this will look different for every family. Every family has its own unique circumstances, family culture, family dynamics, strengths that interplay with the Waldorf curriculum at home to make it unique and able to meet the child in front of us so wonderfully. More about the “how” to come in the next post! In the meantime, know that you are enough, it will all work out okay, and these children will be some of the most successful of their generation with some of the biggest problem-solving capabilities and provide compassionate leadership and kindness for the years ahead.
Blessings and love,