Waldorf Homeschooling

Yesterday we had a Waldorf homeschooling day at a friend’s house. The theme was knitting and I used it as an excuse to drag out my own knitting – a scarf I started well over a year ago. While the kids were busy learning to make their own knitting needles, I worked on my scarf. (If you are a knitter, please don’t judge the quality of my knitting…this is only my third project and second as an adult.)A knitting project with Waldorf Homeschooling

I am intrigued by the Waldorf philosophy of education for a few reasons. First, I grew up not far from Waldorf, Germany. I’m not sure if the town in Germany has anything to with the philosophy of education, but I like the name! We used to joke that the ambulance was coming to take us away to Waldorf. That’s where the “loony” bin was, and as a mother of 4 children, I sometimes feel like I belong in that loony bin! 😉

A knitting project with Waldorf Homeschooling

But the name doesn’t really mean much – it’s the people and their projects that interest me. I don’t really know that much about Waldorf education other than that my friends who use this method are really neat people. They seem to have earthy ties and fantastic children. From what I have read on-line, Waldorf schooling focuses on the whole child, “head, heart, and hands.” And my friends who use a Waldorf approach certainly have children who embody that.

I also think it fits in nicely with the whole “green” concept. Waldorf methodology encourages natural teaching materials – besswax, beautiful silks, fabulous wool, and wooden toys. I am excited about the Waldorf days we’ve been having lately because I would love to learn more about how to incorparte its concepts into my homeschooling. I know my children love projects. They love creating things themselves and working with natural materials. They worked tirelessly on their knitting needles and Anna’s knitting is the blue yarn below! Thanks again, friends, for hosting such fun days!
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