Baby Step 4

Dear Mama, If you're feeling overwhelmed about starting the homeschooling year, come join us on our baby steps path to a peaceful home and rhythm.  Start at baby step 1!  Love, Kelly

Today I want you to select just a very few resources to use as you do your homeschool planning.  

Please take out your planning notebook and make a short list:

List your children with their ages and grades

List 1 general resource that you will read to get an overview of Waldorf-inspired homeschooling

List 1 resource per grade you will use for planning your lessons

The key here is to reduce your overwhelm by reducing the number of resources you are trying to use at one time.  You don’t need to get rid of anything - just store anything that isn’t on your list out of sight until you are done using the resources on your list.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by planning and learning about Waldorf I especially recommend that you do not use the internet as one of your resources!  Many homeschooling mamas use blogs, pinterest, and facebook groups to get their information.  The amount of information, inspiration, and experience we can glean from communities of like-minded homeschoolers on the internet is amazing and such a treasure!  But I do think that sometimes we can get in the habit of treating this resource like we’re guzzling a whole keg of beer instead of sipping and savoring one glass of fine wine - one of those approaches leads to a fuzzy head, right?

If you’re overwhelmed one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family is to stay off of the internet for awhile and choose just one or two complete (finite!) resources to work with.

When it’s time for your weekly homeschool planning appointment, bring your planning journal, pen/pencil, your very few key resources, and your own creativity - that’s it!

You did it!  It may not seem like much, but today’s baby step is a really big deal!  If you want to celebrate and find motivation with other awesome mamas, head over to this post on facebook and let us know the very few resources you will use to get started with planning!

P.S.  Do you need recommendations for complete resources?

For general reading I recommend you start with just one of these overviews of the Waldorf approach through the grades:

The Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers by Donna Simmons

Teaching As a Lively Art by Marjorie Spock

School As a Journey: The Eight Year Odyssey of a Waldorf Teacher and His Class by Torin Finser

Or read one of the (free!) files from Marsha Johnson’s yahoo group Waldorf Home Educators:  How To Do It the Waldorf Way along with the Waldorf Curriculum Block Rotations outlined by Eugene Schwartz at Millenial Child.

For your grades resource I highly recommend a complete curriculum, especially if you are new and/or overwhelmed!  You don’t need to own all the curriculums, I promise.  Start with one.  Choose something based on your budget and how the author’s work resonates with you.  High-quality Waldorf options include Christopherus, Waldorf Essentials, Live Education, and Lavender’s Blue (for Kindy or First Grade).