Donn Ashton from The Waldorf Connection is here to answer our questions on getting started with Waldorf Homeschooling.
Getting Started with Waldorf Homeschooling.
If you have decided to homeschool using Waldorf-inspired methods, you
may be at a common cross roads- Where do I start?
Checking online resources and blogs of others can leave you feeling overwhelmed or intimidated with what is expected.
There can be quite a learning curve for you, the teacher.
I suggest starting from where you are right now.
Take a look at several things like your child’s age, your level of knowledge of upcoming curriculum and your own skills. Look at where you are currently, and take the 1st step.
For those starting kindergarten or pre-school, know that you don’t need to learn everything right away. You have a few years before you need to start academic lessons in 1st grade.
A Waldorf morning garden/kindergarten setting is play oriented, not learning letters and numbers. It more about creating a rhythmic foundation in which you and your child flow through the day. It’s singing songs, verses, short fingerplays and puppet shows.
You can spend an afternoon knitting in front of your child and have them help you wind the yarn or learn to fingerknit if around age 5.
You can practice painting slowly and then bring it to your child when you feel comfortable with it. Or create a few handmade toys/props to use for storytelling, then weave a story about your child’s favorite animal.
The idea is to chunk it down into small steps. Once you get a few concepts under your belt, you can move on. Your confidence will increase with your level of comfort and skills.
The same applies if you are starting the grades. Start with what you know and what you need to know right now. Then build on that knowledge by adding new projects like knitting, wet-on-wet painting or recorder. You only have to be one step ahead of your child.
Take it slow and enjoy :)
Love Donna Ashton
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