INCORPORATING WALDORF INTO YOUR HOMESCHOOLING
golden sun is shining
Up in the sky so blue;
Good morning, happy morning,
Good morning, sun, to you!
I have been really excited by all that Waldorf has to offer. It has given me insight and wonderful ideas to incorporate and make our homeschooling experience a richer one. I am not a Waldorf educator but rather use a quilt of ideas and incorporate Waldorf wherever possible. Read on and follow the links if you are interested in a wonderful natural approach to education and children!
Homeschooling using a Waldorf approach has also been called holistic homeschooling or natural homeschooling. It approaches the education of the child as a whole human being - body, soul and spirit. Early academics are not encouraged, instead the curriculum follows the 7-year developmental phases of a child- hands (0-7yrs), heart (7-14yrs) and head (14-21yrs). This approach is vital to the curriculum, which is designed to provide the right thing at the right time. Waldorf emphasizes play and nurtures imagination and therefore the use of electronic media by young children is discouraged. It incorporates natural and practical learning such as beeswax modelling, painting, gardening, woodwork, knitting and singing etc. It has a deep oral tradition, beginning with fairy tales. Writing evolving out of art is taught first, reading naturally unfolds later. Main subjects are taught in lesson blocks, with each block lasting three or four weeks. This offers an opportunity for focus and in depth study rather than jumping from one subject to another. Textbooks are not used; rather children create their own main lesson books, which contain a record of work that has been accomplished. Waldorf education continues to revisit subjects, deepening them and gaining new insights each time.
Note on Waldorf & Christianity – Sadly, many people have been put off Waldorf, as the philosophy is not Christian. Waldorf does not teach any specific religion but acceptance of all people and diversity. Many miss the wonder of Waldorf for this reason, which is a shame as Waldorf has so much richness to offer!
An Introduction to Waldorf Homeschooling – Christopherus Homeschool Resources
What is Waldorf Education? – Waldorf in the Home
Live Education.com – excellent curriculum sample pages on left
Oak Meadow.com – curriculum sample pages
Waldorf Curriculum.com – see sample pages (includes free online preschool units)
Waldorf Curriculum Overview – an outline of each Grade
First Grade Readiness by Alicia Benoit-Clark – Christopherus Homeschool Resources
Excellent article and self-test on learning styles – Oak Meadow
Valdemar W. Setzer and Sonia Setzer
Waldorf Art – Waldorf Homeschoolers
Crayon Drawing – A Basic Introduction by Barbara Dewey – Waldorf Without Walls
When Should My Child Begin Music Lessons? A Comparison of Waldorf and Suzuki Philosophies by S Balwin
Collection of Verses – Waldorf Homeschoolers
Verses for Grade One through Five – by Eugene Schwartz
bright butterfly, close to me
Your beautiful wings I should like to see
You fly like a bird, you sip like a bee
But you're really a flower the wind set free
Knitting, Make Your Own Puppets, Make Your Own Felt Board and Fuzzy Felt, Gardening, Folk Dancing etc.
Finger Knitting – Waldorf Homeschoolers
Knitting – Waldorf Homeschoolers
Puppets – Live Education
String Games – Waldorf Homeschoolers
Putting the Heart Back into Teaching - A Manual for Junior Primary Teachers by S Maher and Y Bleach
The Novalis Institute of South Africa has published this book for Waldorf teachers. This manual introduces and explains Waldorf in an easy to read and understand way. It gives practical suggestions and covers everything you need to know for the first few grades (K-3) including stories, games, poems, verses, songs, handwork exercises, form drawing, math, language arts, drawing, plays etc. THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE IN SOUTH AFRICA for around R200. Contact me if you are interested in finding it.
Wonder Homeschool – Excellent Waldorf Homeschool Site
Hundreds of Excellent Articles – Waldorf Homeschoolers
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