Donna, from The Waldorf Connection is here to share an article on how homeschooling can fit into our busy lives.
How can homeschooling fit into my busy life?
These days everyone seems busier than ever and if you
have one or more young children, you can feel like a juggler
with too many spinning plates.
The thought of adding homeschooling to the mix could give
visions of plates crashing to the ground (and you with them.)
But, it can work.
If homeschooling with Waldorf education is tugging at your heart strings,
there is hope. You can weave all your activities into a daily rhythm that works
for your lifestyle and gives your child an excellent education.
If you have a 6 year old, a toddler and a baby then your free time is already
at nil. You may not be able to make felted toys, dye your own silks or
host a festival, but there are many simple ways to bring Waldorf into your life.
Opt for a “done for you” curriculum rather than choosing to create it all yourself.
Understand the commitment.
There is a commitment when you decide to become your child’s educator..
It is an important responsibility you are undertaking. That being said, it is
also a joyful, exciting journey. Commit to being your best for your child.
If that means take-out instead of a home-cooked meal due to extreme
tiredness- it’s ok. The love and passion that comes through you is the most
A teacher doesn’t show up to her class without training. An employee doesn’t
start a new job by figuring it out alone. Why do homeschool moms feel we should be able to
do this by “winging it”? Find someone who is a bit further along to answer your questions
and concerns. In the beginning, confidence is the biggest obstacle. Getting guidance and
support from mentors, other homeschooling friends and family goes a long way.
Lay your daily rhythm foundation.
Your day can be a whirlwind of trying to stay one step ahead and
not collapse or you can set up your main rhythms of the day as your foundation.
A rhythm is something you do each day like meals, dressing, naps, diaper changes,
and bedtime. Use meal planners, and establish solid routines that can put those
things you do each day on auto pilot. It becomes just ‘what you do” instead of
you wondering “what do I do?!”
Hold you head high.
You have made a decision that feels right for you and your family, but others
may not understand or may question whether you can do it. Keep your spouse and
family in the loop. If they understand what you are doing, it will be easier for them to
support and help you. Waldorf can be different for many families, so give them
some information on what and why and be patient.
Even the best laid out day can go awry. Things happen because your are homeschooling.
There is no dividing it from the real life happening all around you. The beauty of this is
that you can always catch up or change directions to meet your child’s needs and your
own. It’s ok to cancel school and do a park day or field trip. It’s ok to rethink your main
lesson block if it’s not working.
Bring the magic to your child through you
The main thing your child needs is a joyful, grounded teacher to
glean from. You don’t have to be an expert wet-on-wet painter or a
super knitter. Your unique gifts, talents and passions are what will be
the spark in your homeschool. Bringing your own spin on teaching will
make all the difference and make it sustainable for you.
There is no one size fits all formula to this which is what makes it a bit
challenging and also extremely rewarding.
Just be yourself on an exciting homeschool adventure.
Its a journey.. a new path you are creating.
Take it slow, let others help and have fun.
For other great articles on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Education page.
Blessings and magic,