Planning for Next Year: Tips on Getting Started by Donna Ashton
The Waldorf Connection
I was working with a client last week on homeschool planning. She was feeling overwhelmed and her
big question was “Where do I start?!”
This is quite common, as it can seem so overwhelming. If you have checked out some online resources, and blogs of waldorf homeschoolers, you can feel very intimidated with what is expected. Or if you are ready to jump into the grades, that too can seem demanding as far as the learning curve for you, the teacher.
“Where do I start?” I suggest starting from where you are right now.
1) Determine what you need.
It’s hard not to get distracted by all the bright, shiny objects available to you. But, often that can lead to overwhelm, feelings of inadequacy, and a lot of wasted time and energy. Look at your current situation and see what is realistic to you. Are you a busy mom that works part-time or has many children?
A more structured curriculum might be a good choice for you. Or you could use several resources and design your own lesson plans following Steiner’s grade recommendations.
2) Review and get familiar with the material.
This is of the utmost importance as you will be bringing this information and stories to your child in a living way. It should resonate with you in some way. Practice drawing with block crayons. Paint with water colors on wet paper. Read the fairy tales and fables. Draw forms in a notebook. This will be your basis for the year. It will increase your confidence and help you in so many ways!
3) Make a list of supplies
Nothing is more frustrating than checking your planner on Sunday night and realizing you forgot to get the materials for next’s weeks project! Once your blocks are planned out start listing what you will need for the year. Check you old supply and see what needs to be replaced. Items may include: main lesson books, crayons, Lyra pencils, paint & painting paper, books, math jewels, and specific grade items. Make a master list and order all together to save on shipping. Or order as you need for a budget friendly option. If you don’t need to knit until January, you can wait to order the yarn and needles.
Best advice I can give? Take it slow and easy and follow your instincts and intuition. You can do it!
Donna Ashton is the creator & founder of The Waldorf Connection
. She spends her days with her husband and twin girls in Coastal Carolina homeschooling, & creating programs to support homeschoolers. When she can squeeze out time she loves organic gardening, meditating, baking, bike rides and walks on the beach. You can follow her quirky homeschool blog at School for all Seasons
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