Waldorf Homeschooling Curriculum
Waldorf Homeschooling Curriculum Last-time I talked about Waldorf homeschooling curriculum, gave you some reviews of and my opinions of some of the Waldorf homeschool curriculum materials that are available for Waldorf homeschoolers. Just a few of them. But based on the comments and inquiries I received from you this week, I felt like Part 2 was in order. So this is Waldorf Homeschooling Part 2. For those of you that don't home institution your children, I predict we'll move on to another topic next week.
What I wanted to stress that I care I had emphasized in my last-place video is that school curricula, should you choose to buy one or use one, is just a starting point. It's just a frame or a springboard. One of the wonderful things about has become a homeschooler is you're not tied to any one thing. Prefer what works for you, what reverberates with you, what speaks to you.
If it imparts shows for daily exercises, something you can imagine yourself doing, better yet if it's something that gets you agitated, expands that. You're not limited to one bundle. As I mentioned last week, when we were using Waldorf Homeschooling Curriculum I bought fabrics from Oak Meadow and Live Education and Christopherus and the beautiful happen is you can pick and choose from them and there are lots of guides to workmanships so as you get more comfortable and self-confident in your ability as a homeschooler, use all those materials. So last week I didn't want to suggest that one sizing fits all or that you even require a bundle curriculum, which results in me to a fib I wanted to share with you: a big lesson I learned in our two-and-a-half times as a homeschooling lineage. When I started I came from a background as a Waldorf teacher and I was civilized as a Waldorf teacher and when we decided to homeschool I genuinely felt like I required their own children to have the same curriculum and ordeal they would receive in a Waldorf school. So I started out by doing what I knew and I created a mini-Waldorf school at home.
Everything from azure walls, the various kinds of paint technique that are often used in Waldorf classrooms, we had wooden tables and a big chalkboard and I expected my students, which included is not simply my two sons but my first grade niece at the time, they had desks and I'm embarrassed is to say I even, in the beginning, expected them to develop their mitt to go to the bathroom. As I mentioned last week, we started out expanding Live Education. It's a wonderful curriculum, it's very true to the philosophy of Waldorf Homeschooling Curriculum and genuinely presents a Waldorf Homeschooling Curriculum, grade by grade as Rudolf Steiner designed it, to convene every child at its developmental age but it's a very much Waldorf school at home and labor-intensive if you're teaching more than one grade.
If you're learning one child I think it could drive wonderfully but having three different students of different ages and different points, I noted myself training three different exercises each night and was standing up lane too late doing it. After a couple of months, I was getting actually burnt out and my minors seemed less and less happy. Around Christmas time I supposed, "Something has got to change here." We were losing our delight in memorizing. And I started to let go and I detected the more I let go of how I believed happens should be, the more relaxed and happier we all became.
We started taking more field trips and what I learned was sometimes the field trips would trigger their rights and interests. For instance, we went to a talk at a local arboretum on owls and eagles and it was so interesting and we got really excited about owls and eagles. The naturalist who imparted this presentation told us there are so many bald-headed eagles now in Maine and only keep your eyes open, look up and you're sure to understand them. And well, sure enough, we just started determining eagles everywhere, including an eagle that swooped down on our lawn that had a big snake in its lip. We were so excited, we went to the library and got works about owls and eagles. Then we wrote lyrics about owls and eagles, we learned a Native American sung about an eagle, we learned to play it on our recorders. These are the kinds of ways that subjects are approached in a Waldorf school in the primary lesson. One subject is considered for two, three weeks, sometimes a month at a time but the arts be part of everything.
So we gleaned pictures of owl and eagles and that became our main exercise obstruct. After that, we started incorporating some of the school curricula that Rudolf Steiner is provided for Waldorf education. For instance, fairy story in 1st point, allegories and fibs of heroes and saints in the 2nd tier, Middle Ages in 6th point and so on. Employing those subjects for brainchild, we would try to find related field trips. What truly my big "aha" moment was when I realized that discrepancy between homeschooling and school schooling, institutional schooling, as I didn't have a class of twenty-five children. I had three. You may have one or two, you may have a big family and work even "twenty-five dispensation pass or set for carpools or a school bus. So we kind of moved toward "unschooling." When I started my homeschool suffer I thought that Waldorf school and unschooling were kind of polar antonyms, where unschooling is extremely unstructured and Waldorf school is reasonably structured and prescribed but I actually feel like I discovered a channel to converge the two. That's what worked for us and our hearing became much, much more joyful after I induced that discovery. We stopped sitting at our tables, we'd sometimes speak on the floor or on the couch snuggled up together which are just some of my happiest memories.
After two-and-a-half years of homeschooling, our neighborhood Waldorf school requirement an early childhood teacher again, my children were missing their friends, this is why we intention up "re going back to the" Waldorf school. But when my children went back their teachers truly commented on how excited they were about learning and how their feeling was scratching off on the other students and I think they and I actually attribute the enjoy of hearing we found to our year's homeschooling. So whether your home institution or not, I wish you a week full of joyful hear. I may not see you next week. On Tuesday I'm headed to Nuremberg, Germany, for the International Toy Fair and I'm so excited. I haven't been to Europe since my oldest son, Harper since I was pregnant with him, and he only switched 21 this month so that tells you how long it's been. I'm not only evoked about going to Europe but also to interpret a huge hall full of European toys, wooden toys, and hoping to bring back some eliciting brand-new things to share with you at Bella Luna Toys.
I will try to take some video and post some scenes, I'm not sure what my internet joining will be like so I may not see you next week but I promised to be back with you in two weeks. Thanks again, see you soon. Waldorf Homeschooling Curriculum
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