Discovering Waldorf – ‘Waldorf Inspired Homeschooling’

Today, I have the HUGE pleasure of welcoming Ariella to Discovering Waldorf. If you haven’t already found Ariella’s blog, CHILDHOOD MAGIC, you are in for a special treat… it is a rainbow of pure delight. Ariella Waldorf homeschools her two beautiful children and, here, she shares their experiences.
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Waldorf Inspired Homeschooling by Ariella
 
Hello, my name is Ariella and I am here to share with you the ways in which we have incorporated Waldorf philosophy into our daily homeschooling activities — also known as Waldorf Inspired Homeschooling. This is a particularly exciting topic for me as I was raised as a Waldorf(ish) homeschooler, so we are now in the second generation of this whole thing, which is very exciting to say the least!
 
Waldorf is a beautiful philosophy that truly resonates with me, pretty deep down into my soul. It’s an education that encompasses many things (too many to ever cover!), but the aspect that speaks to me most is the way it approaches education as a holistic, ever expansive experience, a journey for the mind, body and soul of the child. Great emphasis is placed on strong family connection, oneness/understanding of nature, development of the imagination and senses, health and nourishment, creativity, play, art, beauty and daily/seasonal/yearly rhythms.
 
Rudolf Steiner had an interesting and unique view of the young person’s life, which he saw as a spiritual unfolding, separated into three distinct cycles. Birth to 7, 7 to 14 and 14 to 21 years of age. The first seven years is considered a very special time of magic and wonder. This “dreamtime” is considered a highly valuable time in life — a time for uninterrupted creative play, exploration, imitation, and cultivation of the awesome power of imagination. At this time, little or no emphasis is placed on “academic excellence.” A time in life to just be, not to be messed with! What will this imagination do for you later on in life? It will turn you into a great thinker of course! It is the hopes of Waldorf that the imagination developed in the first seven years of life, in conjunction with the academics and spiritual evolution of the later two cycles will develop a thinker who can operate both inside and more importantly outside of the “box.”
 
What does all of this mean, and how have I logically transferred this into our homeschooling life? I have some photos to share that I hope will convey the beauty and emotion of our daily projects and adventures.

 

 
I want my children to respect, know and be in awe of nature,

 
to play in the branches,

 
and adventure to new places.

 
I want them to love and cherish animals,

 
even the tiny ones,
 
and find joy in the sea with her beautiful waves and shores!

 
We spend much of our days creating/crafting. You’ll find simple and natural fibers play a big role in the materials we use—
 
A bit of Earth

 
beeswax

 
wood

 
wool

 
silk

 
paper, paint and light!
 
We learn to bake and cook! Nourish ourselves and take care of our bodies.

 

 
We have fun and creative indoor play


 
play in the dirt, grow gardens

 
and enjoy the simple pleasures of our own backyard.


 
We lay quietly, reading stories
 
and play with friends!

 
 
Last but certainly not least, I need to share with you the glue or the “backbone” that holds this whole homeschooling thing together. It is our weekly routine or “rhythm.” Each day of the week has a theme, and each day follows the same predictable pattern. We have times to play and learn, times to rest, times for meals and times for sleep.
 
I truly believe my children thrive and feel safe when they know “what’s next,” having rhythm in the home is comforting to them and helps them to find a greater understanding of their world! Not only that, but it brings order to our homeschooling lives and peace into our household. Of course, I try not to be too rigid about it, lots of days will bring differences and possibilities, so things can change— but I generally like to keep it pretty dependable!
 
You’ll notice the chart is very simple (I promise you there are many more things that go on in a day). I intentionally kept it simple, there is no need to write down every single thing we do in a day. It’s meant to be a loose guide that reminds us of our morning theme and an answer to the never ending question “what are we going to do today?!”
 
I am thinking I’ll talk more about this rhythm/routine chart on my blog soon— there are many points about this that I’d like to discuss!
 
Click on the photo to get a closer look
 
 
I’ll finish this post by saying this — does doing all of this mean that you’ll be the perfect mom, with the perfect kids and that your days will pass stress free? No. I can guarantee you there will always be days of whining, jangled nerves and feelings of inadequacy all around. But, in addition to all of that, you’ll also have more magic than you could ever dream of!
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Thank you, dear Ariella. You really do embody the magic that is childhood! You make me want to drop everything, pack the family into the van and come to live with you! Thank you for inspiring me.
Here are the other great posts in the Discovering Waldorf Series.
Blessings and magic,
Donni

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38 Responses

  1. I am a regular reader of Childhood Magic. Reading her posts and viewing her photos is truly magical. I want to play in those trees. A wonderful Mama with an amazing outlook on life –

  2. beautiful all what Ariella said. I had the fortune to find her beautiful and inspiring blog few time ago and I’m very happy with every post she makes, is just full of joy and happiness .
    thank you!

  3. I’ve become a regular reader of hers because of the color and magic in each and every picture she takes and post she writes. I love the rhythm and flow she has established in her home and I especially love the reminder that no one is perfect no matter how you raise your family.

  4. I have been lucky to find Ariella’s blog not long after she started it this year. She has inspired me greatly in my pursuits with my girls at home. Thanks for the article Ariella!

  5. I am a huge fan of mrs Childhood Magic! Ariella, this is a beautiful post…it so resonates with me. You have truly created something unique and beautiful on your blog, and it is somewhere I go to be inspired and blissfully bask in the rainbow that is your life!
    with love
    Maureen

  6. I’ve been following Childhood Magic for just a short while, but love it. We’re more Montessori based in our teaching style, but I’m fascinated by Waldorf. I would love to hear more about rhythm in the home. That is one thing that we actually do have, but don’t necessarily call it that.

  7. Such an informative and balanced guest post! That dose of “Ain’t none of us perfect” at the end somehow makes Ariella’s post more accessible. She is such an inspiration – in activities, words, energy, photography, and the magick of life!

    What a wonderful series, Magic Onions! Thank you.

  8. Just want to stop by and tell you how much I appreciate your posts. Stop by and see your copycat now and again. cowsgomooandducksgoquack.blogspot.com

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Gianne

  9. Wow! By far the most beautiful post I have ever seen or read! Thank you! We have been homeschooling for almost three years now and need to make some changes. Your post is truly inspiring. My 12 year old and I thank you!

  10. Wow! By far the most beautiful post I have ever seen or read! Thank you! We have been homeschooling for almost three years now and need to make some changes. Your post is truly inspiring. My 12 year old and I thank you!

  11. Great to actually SEE how beautiful and sweet life with children and nature can be. We just have to give ourselves the chance to explore it without distractions:) Thanks for sharing this piece of your life:*

  12. This was so beautiful! i just wanted to let you know your link to childhood magic is the wrong blog. it goes to some blog that tells me i should buy electronic cigarettes…

    1. Thanks Ashley, that blog doesn’t exist anymore and I suppose someone else is using the name. I’ve deleted it – thanks for letting me know.
      xo Donni

    1. Hi Summer,
      This post was written by Ariel and she has since closed her blog, so I don’t know how we’d contact her.
      They are lovely, aren’t they.
      xo Donni

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