Do you have a Waldorf homeschooling curriculum but still aren't sure what do to next?
Perhaps you have shelves full of books and even multiple curriculum packages, but feel overwhelmed. Wondering how to actually DO the main lessons.
The Waldorf approach has so many nuances that make it seem elusive at times.
You know that if you're going to experience success in your Waldorf homeschooling, you need to understand the basics of rhythm, main lesson block learning, and the lively arts.
But where do you start and how do you wrap your mind around the big picture of what Waldorf can bring to your family?
I created my guidebook, Waldorf Homeschooling - Simplified: Your Toolkit for Grades 1-8, for homeschooling Mamas just like you.
With this guidebook, you can painlessly plan your next block without spending all those late night hours endlessly searching and searching for ideas.
And stop wasting so much energy second-guessing yourself about whether or not you're "Waldorf enough."
In this newly-revised 72-page guidebook, I show you how to create a simple framework for your plans so you can customize this approach and make it just right for you and your family.
That way, you can take whatever curriculum you have and rearrange things, combine blocks, or whatever you need to do for your children. And even learn how to put a main lesson block together on your own.
I give you the foundation, encouragement and tools you need to create and stay focused on your plan.
Plus, you get lifetime updates to any future revisions!
Hi, I'm Jean, homeschooling mother of three (two boys and a girl). We started homeschooling back in the 1990s - yup, awhile ago!
And in the past five years, I've helped hundreds of homeschooling Moms just like you find ways to make Waldorf work at home.
I've put together this guidebook to help you bring the Waldorf method to your family so you can feel confident in your homeschooling.
Before the Planning
- Before You Begin
- The Essence of Waldorf Education
- Unique Aspects of Waldorf Education
- Stages of Child Development
- The Four Rhythms of the Year
The Planning Process
- Planning, in a Nutshell
- 6 Steps to Planning
- What Can We Learn from the First Waldorf School?
- Tips for Planning
- The Lively Arts
- Main Lesson Blocks
Toolkit for Planning
- Block Grids for Grades 1-8
- Year-at-a-Glance Form
- Weekly Planning Form
- Weekly Rhythm
- Sample Weekly Student Checklist
- Daily Rhythm
- Favorite Resources Lists
- Quotations to Inspire
With this big-picture understanding of the Waldorf approach, you will be able to confidently create your Waldorf homeschooling lessons without the overwhelm.
Is this a complete curriculum?
No, this is better than a curriculum! With this guide, you will understand the foundational principles of the Waldorf approach. And will be able to take any resources or curriculum you already have and homeschool your children.
What do the done-for-you plans include?
For each grade 1-8, I include a one-page outline of resources listed by main lesson block. For example, for grade two, I list a suggested main lesson block subject for each month, September-May. Within each block, I list 5-7 favorite sources of stories and activities. These suggestions are based on my many years of experience homeschooling my own three children as well as other children in small groups. They are tried and true resources for each main lesson block and each grade.
Do you recommend a specific curriculum to go with your guide?
No, I don't. My goal is to help you learn to put together main lesson blocks on your own without a curriculum. While there is nothing wrong with purchasing a curriculum package, the truth is that we end up using anywhere from 30-60% of that curriculum. And the magic lies in learning to customize a plan for our own unique family. That's what this guide can help you do! To customize what you already have or plan to buy and make it work for you.
Jean is the mother of three and has been on the Waldorf homeschooling journey for over 20 years. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching and has taught in public and private schools, homeschooled her own children and led small groups. Jean has studied and practiced Waldorf methods since 1992 by attending numerous local and national conferences and trainings, read extensively, planned and implemented many lessons. Jean mentors homeschoolers and writes at Waldorf-Inspired Learning. She lives in northeastern Ohio with her husband and their youngest child, where she loves to sing, garden, cook, and go bird watching.
"I am loving your planning guidebook! It has given me the freedom to simplify, to make lessons easy and doable. This never occurred to me. I had been aiming for "perfect" lessons and disappointed myself and children when I could not make that mark." -Sabrina
"I can't thank you enough for your planning guide. I have a variety of guides along with a 1st grade syllabus, but yours is the most helpful of all I've read. As I begin to plan, I will certainly benefit from the wisdom and experience you've put into this guide in many, many ways. It is truly a bright light for my Waldorf-inspired homeschooling path." -Carly
I feel more at ease with our homeschooling since I’ve been using Jean’s guide. Somehow it helped to bring things down to earth for me and put organization into focus. It really is like a toolkit at hand and is easy to follow. Not only do I recomm...Read More
I feel more at ease with our homeschooling since I’ve been using Jean’s guide. Somehow it helped to bring things down to earth for me and put organization into focus. It really is like a toolkit at hand and is easy to follow. Not only do I recommend it to anyone, especially to those just starting out, but I’d say it is a Go To Treasure. A Pleased Mama-TeacherRead Less