How Do You Get Started?
Learn about Waldorf. Go to
Waldorf In The Home,
Wonder Ranch and
read, read, read.
Join a Waldorf Homeschooling discussion group. My
group is called
Homeschool/Special Needs, it focuses on
homeschooling special needs children with Waldorf methods. Donna Simmons
of Christopherus has an excellent group called
Waldorf at Home. One of
the original Waldorf discussion groups is
WE_HS and is highly
If you are a reader, check out my
Recommended Books about Waldorf, Bipolar,
Parenting and Homeschooling.
Learn about homeschooling in your state. Go to
the Homeschool Legal Defense
Association to find all the homeschool requirements by state.
Understand your rights!
Decide how you want to homeschool: Independently, through a charter
school, through an umbrella school. Each of these has it's own pros and
cons. Where you live and how much money you have available can help you
make a decision.
Visit homeschooling sites to see what options you have:
A to Z Home's Cool is
a very comprehensive site.
Begin to make some changes in your home. Limit 'media' exposure. Can
you just say the TV is broken and take it away (or do you even want to)
or do you gradually wean your children off TV? I find that in the summer
I am more lax with TV but when school starts the rule is no TV or
computer on school days and then I limit exposure on weekends. I highly
recommend you eliminate game boys as well as Nintendo, X-box, etc. Game
Boys are especially isolating for children. They may keep them
entertained but they don't get them out in the world. Electronic media
also keeps them from using their imagination. They may play out what
they see on TV but, remember, that is what someone else thought up! Frankly, I think
our society has become way too isolated through use of computers, TV's,
and electronic media. Remember, they need to socialize!!!
Begin to put your rhythm in place. Begin to institute little rituals
that let your children know it's time for dinner for instance. Ask them
to set the table, sit down and say grace, hold hands and say what you
are thankful for....anything that brings you together as a family and
sets the mood you want. Work on yourself to put that rhythm in place. If
you are like me....you want desperately for everyone to do everything
your way....and I feel this way because trying to get a bipolar child to
cooperate with me challenges me right down to the roots of my soul...so
I try to control everything else! Just let me control something!!! I
scream. I'm working on it.
Research curriculum and see what will work for you.
Live Ed! is one
of the truly Waldorf homeschool curriculum available.
Oak Meadow, though
many think it is Waldorf is much more mainstream.
Homeschool has a wonderful Overview of the entire Waldorf curriculum and
also offers consulting services as well as many other helpful
Find a place to have school. Many will tell you "home is not school"
but I can assure you that having a place to do schoolwork and having a
place for all the supplies you need, having a blackboard, etc. is life
saving. It saves my sanity to have one room where "it" all goes. And
when I go into the school room and sing "Shoofly Don't Bother Me" my kids
know it's time for schoolwork!
Just do it!
Now someone gave me this advice last year. She
told me to stop reading so much, stop asking so many questions, stop
looking and just get out there and do what I knew. I needed that, to be
empowered! I began to realize how much I do know. I have a new found
confidence in myself and what I know. I no longer consider myself a
"Waldorf Newbie" but a Waldorf Old Timer!