Many people who know me know that we are a homeschooling family, but very few know that we are using a Waldorf inspired curriculum. Waldorf is not a widely known philosophy. I was fortunate enough to have it brought to my attention during a placenta encapsulation training by another professional in my home community, Emily Nolan, who is now in nursing school planning to be a midwife! She will be at the top of my recommended providers list upon graduation.
Fast forward six months and we are living in El Paso, Texas preparing to welcome my second child. Another Doula, who I recommend if you are looking in El Paso was opening a Waldorf school with her wife! Based on my immense respect for these two ladies we enrolled our oldest giving me time to bond with the baby during the day. Looking back, I realize how fortunate we were to get to experience a Waldorf school, as there are very few in the country.
I am no expert on Waldorf. I am simply a mom who loves it, has experienced the many benefits, is attempting to incorporate Waldorf influence into our home-school lifestyle. If you are searching for something different I highly recommend you check Waldorf out. Here are a few resources that can explain things far better than I can.
“Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous approach to education. They integrate the arts in all academic disciplines for children from preschool through twelfth grade to enhance and enrich learning. Waldorf Education aims to inspire life-long learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities..” ASWANA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Watch Mikko talk about his 13 years of formal Waldorf education. He is currently a youtuber who travels Europe and Surfs for a living.
Pepper and Pine is a channel about a Muslim family who homeschools using a Waldorf curriculum she purchased online.
As I prepare to start our home-schooled year, yes I am aware it is September this is one of the many benefits of homeschooling as we can tailor our schedule with the seasons and natural flow of life. I showed P a video of bread making, she was quick to let me know that she already knows how to make it! That Ms. Amissa already taught her and I have to let her make her own shapes. P knows I struggle with letting her help me cook. I am so excited to start our second year of home-school and first grade of Waldorf inspired curriculum.
I love bulleted lists: So here is a list of 7 reasons we love Waldorf:
- It is tailored to the emotional, developmental and physical needs of the child. So many children are anxiety riddle and physically ill. Waldorf incorporates self care, nutrition, physical activity, age appropriate education and spirituality.
- ART! Waldorf inspires a love for the many forms of Art.
- Two languages are taught from first grade.
- Self care. I know I already touched on this, but as a doula and a woman who is still struggling to properly take care and love myself I have to say that Waldorf makes this a huge priority from an early age. This includes how to keep a clean home, proper nutrition, growing food, nurturing the soul, being kind, and grooming.
- My children and constantly learning and thirsty for knowledge. This makes homeschool a blast not a chore.
- Its fun. Each letter and mathematical principle has a story which your child can draw: such as emperor equal, M=mounations. So essentially you introduce new subjects through art or story telling.
I would like to share a tad bit of what our Waldorf journey looks like this year. For the sake of making this post easy to read I will make this list in mainstream terms instead of Waldorf terms such as Handwork, Verses, Form Drawing.
- Language Arts (English)
- Books, so many books
- performing Arts
- Story Telling
- Community Service
My kids and I are super excited to kick off our home-school year, get back into the routine and to LEARN! Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. If you have a tip, opinion or question I would love to engage in conversation. Please leave a comment!