Today I’d love to share with you some resources for adding Waldorf into your homeschool.
While our family isn’t a 100% Waldorf homeschool; I use a lot of Waldorf books and resources, especially in the early years. I would say about 1/3 of our homeschooling is Waldorf inspired.
How we ventured into Waldorf
It was evident when we began homeschooling that our eldest wasn’t interested in the ‘conventional’ ways of learning.
She has an artist soul and is a great story teller, but trying to get her to mindlessly copy the same letters or concentrate on anything ‘school like’ was challenging.
When I started looking into homeschooling philosophies I loved many aspects of the Waldorf education.
When I first read about the first 7 years of a child’s development with the Waldorf education philosophy, it spoke to me greatly with the observations I was seeing.
I loved that art and stories are incorporated into all subjects.
Head, Heart, Hands.
All lessons focus on multi sensory learning approach to focus on the whole child and inner being. It’s not just about learning, it’s about growth of the individual.
Our eldest was perfect for the slower unfolding into academics.
Since then I’ve managed to gently introduce her to language arts (mostly Charlotte Mason or Brave Writer inspired) but I try to spend some focus on incorporating art into many lessons in a Waldorf inspired way.
My favorite Waldorf books & where to buy Waldorf Curriculum
Where to Buy Waldorf Curriculum
I borrowed a Christopherus homeschool curriculum for kinder and grade 1. Below are a few websites where you can buy high quality Waldorf curriculum. If you have others please let me know in the comments 🙂
- Charles Kovacs offers great lessons in storytelling form in his book series. So far I’ve only used Astronomy and Geology, but I really like it.
- The Tasks and Content of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum
- Making Math Meaningful
- Geometry Lessons in the Waldorf School Grades 4 & 5
- Creative Form Drawing: With Children Aged 6-10 Workbook 1
My favorite Waldorf Books
We use a lot of seasonal inspired Waldorf books for crafts, recipes, songs and creating holistic homeschooling. I love being in the kitchen with the kids and love the stories and recipes in these books. I also add lots of kids nature books.
Waldorf Story Telling
Waldorf uses a lot of the Brother’s Grimm tales. Also common are the tales of Tiptoes lightly (a fairy) and Pine Cone and Pepper Pot (two gnomes). Stories are also seasonally inspired and full of nature. Our kids love ‘Tell me a Story’
Waldorf Art Supplies & Books
I picked up Painting and Drawing in Waldorf schools but didn’t end up doing much with it. I’d like to add form drawing into our homeschooling because I’ve read it’s wonderful for development. We’ve loved modelling with beeswax, watercolors, using beeswax crayons and making things with clay. Our kids really love making peg dolls, especially during the winter months.
If you’re new to Waldorf art there are some wonderful lessons (you can do some for free) from Waldorf.ish
Waldorf Words & Math
Our kids loved (and giggled non stop) at Pine Cone and Pepper Pots introduction to the Alphabet in this book.
Waldorf likes to integrate math with stories which I love. I never had much success implementing it myself, but I love the math gnomes. There are some great stores on Etsy like GoodFaithToys that sell math gnomes and other peg dolls. You can also make your own.