What if You Gave Yourself a Huge Gift This Summer?

A gift that renewed your spirit, skills, and mission for your upcoming homeschooling year...

What kind of difference would that make on your inner sense of peace and on your children’s sense of connection to you?

Just imagine...

Imagine reclaiming the unique spark of light YOU bring to your family.

In a gathering where you are accepted wherever you are on the Waldorf homeschooling journey.

No right. No wrong. No shame. No judgement. Just a group of homeschoolers surrounded by loving support.

Inviting You To Stand Like A Tree.

A weekend to pause and notice your strength. Your roots. Your center. Your branches. ALL the life YOU give - and how vital YOU are.

At Taproot, you'll get to experience all of that self-care goodness through workshops, new friends, and more.

You'll get to see for yourself the beauty behind the Waldorf method with fresh new eyes.

Demonstrations of Circle Time. Singing. Puppet Shows. Storytelling. Painting. Drawing. Recorder. Main lessons. Handwork.

Basically everything that brightens our world! 

Taproot is an online weekend experience plus a library of workshops for the homeschooling parent who's ready to train up, tune in, and create some lasting inspiration for themselves this summer.



This year's theme is Standing Like A Tree.

And you are in for a TREE-T! 



WHAT IS TAPROOT 2021?

  • An Online Experience

    A weekend to reconnect with yourself, learn new skills, & remember your WHY.

  • Homeschool Training

    Taproot is a place to learn about the Waldorf method & how to infuse your lessons with the lively arts.

  • Community

    Realize how connected you are to loving homeschoolers & how we need each other!

Standing Like a Tree

What can we learn from the tree?

This year - 2021 - our world begs for...

Patience. Tolerance. Strength.

To establish ourselves deep inside.

The tree teaches so much!

To stand tall.

To reach for nourishment.

To be content with what we have.

To provide shelter to those in need.

To enjoy the view!

At TapROOT, we will meditate on what Standing Like a Tree means,
collectively.

This is so important. Can't wait!


WHEN: August 5-8, 2021

WHERE: ONLINE - both Live and Pre-Recorded Workshops

WHO: Homeschooling Moms, Dads, and Teachers

WHY: To Experience the Waldorf Method, Main Lesson Blocks, & the Lively Arts. And to Know You're Not Alone!

REGISTRATION: May 5 - Aug 3

HERE'S WHAT YOU GET...

An All-Inclusive Weekend

  • Live and pre-recorded workshops with experienced homeschoolers and mentors

  • Two ebooks on Waldorf homeschooling: 
    • Homeschooling with Waldorf: Getting Started by Barbara Dewey
    • Waldorf Homeschooling Simplified: Your Toolkit for Grades 1-8 by Jean Miller

  • All sorts of goodies including giveaways and coupons from wonderful Waldorf suppliers

  • Membership in a private Facebook group where you can connect with other homeschoolers and ask questions

  • Bonus discount
    • 10% off Mentor Sessions with Jean

SCHEDULE for our LIVE WEEKEND

Our weekend together begins on Thursday, August 5th, 2021.
We'll wrap up on Sunday afternoon, August 8th.
All LIVE sessions on Zoom.


THURSDAY, AUG 5
(2:00 - 3:30 pm EDT)

Welcome from the Taproot Team & Presenters
What to Expect This Weekend
Meet & Greet 
Inner Work & Planting Seeds

FRIDAY, AUG 6
(2:00 - 3:30 pm EDT)

Puppet Show 
Rhythm Talk & Hands-On Activity


SATURDAY, AUG 7

(10:00 - 3:30 pm EDT) 

Welcome & Warm Up Circle 
Child Development & Neuroscience: What We Know About Hands-On Learning
Main Lesson Block Planning for Multiple Ages
Lunch Break 
Tea & Handwork

Start with Stories


SUNDAY, AUG 8

(2:00 - 3:30 pm EDT)
 
Small Group Discussions
Giveaways
Closing Ritual

WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY

“Before Taproot, I really felt like I had just brushed the surface of a Waldorf education. But I was feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about how to move forward. This training really helped me build confidence to continue this journey.”

MoriahMoriah

“Taproot has become a place of spiritual learning, a communal family learning haven where I add tools and resources every year to sharpen my skills to become a better parent, teacher, husband, and person. The things I learn do not just apply to homeschooling my children but to enriching all aspects of my life. Thank you for caring enough to make others in the world whole.”

JoeJoe

“The best part of Taproot was developing a community & renewing my spirit. So much more than I expected! I miss everyone & can't wait to go back to Taproot!”

SarahSarah

“There aren't Waldorf homeschoolers near me, so I loved gathering with like-minded people at Taproot, knowing that there is a support network out there. The singing & self-reflection made it feel like a retreat for me, as well as inspiration for our homeschool year.”

KylieKylie

“I was able to feel the lessons, the circle times, the finger plays... prior to this, I was reading many books and many curriculums but the way that I was educated growing up was stuck in me and creating a barrier to understanding and feeling the magic that I am to bring to my child. I was stressed and feeling like I couldn't do what Steiner had imagined for educating children. Now I feel like I get it, like it's alive inside of me. What a blessing! ”

TaraTara

“I learned more at Taproot than I expected, and not just about my homeschool journey. This was a spiritual retreat just as much as homeschool teacher training! ”

KatieKatie

“I left Taproot feeling relieved and empowered, full of inspiration but in a completely non-overwhelming way. I have doable advice as well as a general sense of peace and excitement about these subject areas. It was all so helpful Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! ”

LeahLeah

Join Us

Registration for 2021 is now closed. See you in 2022.


WORKSHOPS

In addition to our LIVE event, you'll get access to a library of 30+ pre-recorded workshops from 12 amazing presenters. All available to you through March of 2022!

  • Morning Circle Time for Multiple Ages
  • Kindergarten at Home 
  • Making Standing Puppets
  • Celebrating Festivals
  • Storytelling
  • Math & Science Overview for Grades 1-8
  • Language Arts & History Overview for Grades 1-8
  • Animal Homes: A Mixed Ages Block for Grades 1-4
  • World Geography: A Mixed Ages Block for Grades 5-8
  • Human & Animal: A Mixed Ages Block for Grades 1-4
  • Botany: A Mixed Ages Block for Grades 5-8
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Crayon Drawing 
  • Chalkboard Drawing
  • The Four Temperaments 
  • Book Hearth for Middle & High School
  • Handwork: Knitting for Beginners
  • Handwork: Beginning Crochet 
  • Mother Earth Crafts
  • Shadow Puppet Theater 
  • Movement Games & Music
  • The Juggling Series
  • How to Teach Your 6-Year-Old Music
  • Teaching Recorder to 7- to 9- Year Olds
  • Choosing the Best Musical Instrument for Your Family
  • Gardening with Children
  • Nature Study
  • Creating Intentions and Nourishing Practices for Ourselves
  • Finding & Creating Magical Moments
  • Waldorf-Inspired Learning in a Mohawk Immersion Classroom
  • Supporting Children with Learning Differences
  •  Homeschooling High School


OUR PRESENTERS

Jean Miller 

Jean is a mother of three, who homeschooled for 25+ years. She has a Master of Arts in Education, taught in both public and private schools, and facilitated small homeschool groups. Jean has studied and practiced Waldorf educational methods since 1992. As the founder of Waldorf-Inspired Learning, Jean supports homeschooling parents with coaching, online courses, and a membership community. She also coordinates the Taproot Teacher Training for Waldorf homeschoolers. Jean lives in northeastern Ohio with her husband, Brian. They are officially empty-nesters with their youngest now in college and two older children out on their own. When she’s not mentoring homeschooling parents, you’ll likely find Jean hiking in the woods, stirring up a new yummy dish in the kitchen, singing, or reading poetry.



Robyn & Brian Wolfe

For the past 17 years, Brian has been teaching Art, Games, and Geometry in Waldorf classrooms as well as coaching middle school and high school basketball. In addition to teaching online with Waldorfish, he’s traveled as far as China to mentor parents and teachers in a Waldorf-ish style. 

Brian has developed a calm, practical approach to teaching, with equal parts fun and playful sarcasm mixed in. When he’s not noodling on his guitar, you will likely  find him cooking big meals for his family, practicing kickboxing with his stepdaughter, playing Dungeons and Dragons with his stepson, painting in the garage, waxing poetic about geometry & the golden proportion, and playing with the family cats.

An early career as a park ranger led Waldorfish co-founder, Robyn, to her love of illustrating and education. Trained initially as both a public school and Waldorf teacher, she has been involved in art + education for over 25 years, including homeschooling her two children. 

Robyn is currently working as the manifestor of the creative vision held by the Waldorfish team. Working out of the premise that life is short (but sweet!) she empowers soul-filled teachers & families to (re)find their JOY in teaching and making art.



Barbara Dewey

Barbara, of Waldorf Without Walls, consults with homeschooling families throughout the world,  writes publications, provides training workshops, and spends her spare time enjoying her unique solar home, and developing her farmland. Barbara, a Master Gardener, and her husband Quimby, a Forest Entomologist, lead workshops and field days on the environment and backyard food production. She is the mother of four,  grandmother to six, and expected her first two great grandchildren this summer. Barbara holds an M.S. in Waldorf education from the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College in Spring Valley, NY. She's been teaching in various settings since 1960.



Rebecca Christie

Rebecca is the mother of four and has homeschooled her children since the beginning. The former industrial engineer discovered Waldorf the year her eldest was born when her husband, Rob, bought her You Are Your Child’s First Teacher as a Christmas gift! They have been on this incredible homeschooling journey ever since. Rebecca also teaches at Lilac Children’s Garden, a Waldorf-inspired homeschool group in Rochester, NY, as well as Confirmation classes at her church. She enjoys learning about new things, traveling with her family, reading, and yoga. She has attended Taproot many times as a participant and is excited to be teaching again this year.



Amber Sharipov

Amber is the mother of five and has been Waldorf homeschooling for the past 10 years. She understands the challenge of homeschooling with a large family and working with multiple grades. Amber has degrees in history and art, and appreciates the way that Waldorf-inspired curriculum and philosophy bring such beauty to learning in the home and to family culture. In her free time, she enjoys sketching, hiking, handwork, and playing with her children. And Amber created our beautiful Taproot logo!



Jodie Mesler

Jodie is the owner of Living Music. She has a background in music performance and composition. Before children, she and her husband made a living performing blues rock in Atlanta, GA. Once they became parents, they started teaching music lessons so they could be at home with their three children. Jodie homeschooled them during the early years, as she made five children’s albums with song books, and she wrote a music curriculum for Waldorf parents, along the way. Her newest curriculum is a course called Playful Pentatonic Piano, where she teaches parents and children piano lessons without reading music, but by using folk songs, singing, rhythmic games, improvisation, and performance instead. She also enjoys picnics, biking, hiking and swimming.



Eshanne Anderson

Eshanne is a homeschooling mother of two primary school children. Many years ago before falling in love with Waldorf education, she taught as a second grade teacher in a small private school and also taught acting at night for fun at the local college. 

Her academic background in religious studies has helped pave the ground for her love of exploring inner work. Her true love and passion is deeply investing in tremendous humans and helping them along their own inner growth path. 

She equally enjoys traveling to the mountains or big cities and is always ready to lead the way into frivolity or general anarchy. When not dreaming of long adventures or doodling with words and pictures...she is adoring her hilarious husband and beautiful children and making a home that welcomes her friends and family to stay and laugh and sing awhile. 



Joe Maxwell

After 20 years in corporate training, Joe found his passion in homeschooling. A father of four who currently spreads his love of being outside in nature through teachings his own kids, children in his local Waldorf Cooperative, and the future generation of athletic scholars he coaches all year round. He is easily found in the woods or along the beach playing Pied Piper to a group of inquisitive muppets as they absorb the wonder and beauty of Mother Earth.



Amy Lynn Bomberry

Amy Bomberry is Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawk), Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River. She is a mother of six, a teacher, and a holistic healer practitioner. Amy is a co-founder of Skaronhyase’kó:wa The Everlasting Tree School, a Kanyen’kéha (Mohawk) immersion, Waldorf-inspired school where she is also a classroom teacher and Faculty Chair. Amy has been actively learning Kanyen’kéha (Mohawk) for 20+ years, as a second language, to ensure her children know their language, culture and history. Amy also serves on the Board of Directors for the Douglas Cardinal Foundation for Indigenous Waldorf Education.



Alison Manzer

Taproot, Waldorf inspired homeschooling, and working together with Jean have been a very big part of Alison’s life for many years.  Their collaborations and friendship continue to guide and inspire her as an educator.  Alison currently teaches yoga at Fusion Academy, an alternative high school in Austin, Texas, where she prior to this year also taught English and History. Alison also serves as the director of the Little Angels Service Team’s Hearts for Teachers initiative, whose aim is to lift up struggling teachers in rural India by helping them earn a living wage.



Nichole Gant

Nichole is an adoptive Mother of 4, Educator and champion of children. Who has made it her life's work to help children learn and thrive. Where others see limits, she sees potential. Nichole believes in the power of possibility and breaking through barriers to help children build self-esteem, self-respect and confidence.

Nichole uses her knowledge as an Child Development Specialist to discern the social, emotional, behavioral, and physical cues of children. Which allows her to help facilitate earliest stage support and/or interventions when needed. Having worked extensively with gifted and twice exceptional populations, Nichole has a deep understanding of Asynchronous Development and the challenges often associated with giftedness. Including learning differences, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder, among others.

A Montessori and Homeschool Guide, Leader and Speaker with over 20 years of experience, Nichole turned her passion for supporting children's innate desire for experiential learning, physical and sensory integration and concentrated social skills, into the Oaks Montessori Community. Which was nominated for the "Best New Pre-School in Austin" award. By the Austin Statesman and the greater Austin Community in 2017.

Nichole uses a combination of Positive Psychology, Montessori and Child Development to support parents and children. Her approach is calm, nurturing and straightforward. Whether it is creating strategies for parents of Toddlers, Tools for Teens, school selection, IEP, 504's or ARD's. Nichole is committed to helping children thrive.

Nichole is a Guest Speaker at the University of Texas. Keynote speaker for the American Montessori Society, as well as a member of the McCallum Fine Arts Academy Board of Directors.

Taproot Presenters

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If your question is not answered below, please feel free to email support@artofhomeschooling.com!

  • When is the deadline for registration?

    The registration deadline for Taproot 2021 is July 31st.

  • How is Taproot 2021 Online different from year's past?

    Like last year, we are taking Taproot online due to the pandemic and our commitment to keeping families safe. Taproot 2021 will have both a LIVE weekend of virtual workshops Thursday-Sunday, plus a library of over 30 pre-recorded workshops and interviews from 12 amazing presenters. About 2/3 of the pre-recorded workshops are new this year for 2021, plus we're bringing back some of last year's favorites. All workshops will be recorded and you will have access through March of 2022.

  • Are there any scholarships or discounts?

    Yes! We offer an early bird discount through May 31st. We also offer a discount for returning Taproot alumni, so if you're an alum, please check your email or be in touch for the discount code. We will be giving out three full scholarships to Taproot 2021 during the month of May.

  • Can I pay by check rather than credit card or PayPal?

    Yes! You can pay by check. Just email support@artofhomeschooling.com and we'll respond with the address for sending the check. Then we'll email you details for joining the live workshops and creating a login to the learning platform for all of the recordings.

  • What is the Refund Policy?

    Due to this being an online event, there will be no refunds. You will have access to all of the workshops including recordings of the live ones through March 2022 so that you can watch at your convenience.

  • What if I can't make it live? Can I watch after the event?

    YES!! Everyone who registers will also have access to all replays and recordings through March 2022.

  • How do I get access to the ebooks, replays, and recordings?

    As soon as you register, you'll receive a confirmation email and a link to login to the Taproot hub where you'll find your ebooks ready and waiting for you. Throughout the LIVE weekend, replays of sessions will be uploaded as they become available. All pre-recorded workshops go live on Thursday, August 5th. You will have access to all the recordings through March 2022.

  • Are the recorded workshops all new for 2021 or are some the same as Taproot 2020?

    Of course all of the Live Sessions are all new material. And about 2/3 of the pre-recorded workshops are brand new for 2021.

  • What's the best way to plan for joining in LIVE?

    This year, we will primarily be in Zoom meeting mode where we'll all see each other's little squares! You'll have the option of turning your camera on or off. You'll also be able to join in the chat with comments and questions. And we'll have opportunities for breakout rooms for small group discussion. We recommend you plan ahead and treat this like a learning retreat for YOU. Do your best to find a quiet place and minimize what distractions and interruptions you can. Lots of moms like to actually book a getaway for the weekend to treat themselves! Remember, you’ll get the replays, too. You can come back to anything you miss or even listen again.