Just Starting with Waldorf Homeschooling?

Welcome to the amazing journey of Waldorf-inspired homeschooling! I want to help you navigate getting started with Waldorf homeschooling.

This is as much a path of growth and discovery for you as it will be for your children. 🙂 

And I’m here to help you get started so you can feel more relaxed, present, and connected with your children.

As a homeschooling mentor, I am asked all the time, “Where do I start?”

If you’re wondering that too, you’re in the right place!

This page will give you 7 first steps to take, plus a basic supplies and resources list so you can begin bringing the magic of Waldorf to your children and family right away. 

 

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1. Start Where You Are!

Honestly, wherever you are on the homeschooling journey and in your understanding of the Waldorf method is just fine. You will learn as you go just like we all have.

I like to say, “Think in threes, pick one.” So find three things from this article that you want to implement and then start with the first one!

2. Embrace Rhythm

Rather than expect perfectly planned and executed lessons, start with creating a steady rhythm for your family.

    • Yearly rhythm includes seasonal celebrations & festivals
    • Weekly rhythm includes, for example, different activities on different days such as painting on Mondays or baking bread on Wednesdays
    • Daily rhythm includes meals, chores, lessons, bedtime

For more on rhythm, click here: Rhythm is (Always) the Answer

3. Enjoy the Journey

You don’t want to rush through daily life activities just to get to the lessons. The whole of your day and how it happens is a lesson in itself!

So make a simple plan for chores and a simple plan for meals, and then involve your whole family. Enjoy the journey!

4. Spend Time Outdoors

Unstructured time in nature is so nurturing. The flexibility of homeschooling allows us to build our days around what’s best for our children (and for us!).

You might like to create a Nature Table where you bring some items from your nature walks indoors to create a seasonal display.

5. Read Stories Every Day

Stories form the foundation of our lessons. All kinds of stories – about nature, animals, the seasons, good people, etc.

Try telling or reading a story one day. Then on the next day, retell the story, act it out, paint, draw, or model something from the story.

6. Weave in the Lively Arts

Waldorf education incorporate the arts into lessons and life – drawing, movement, music, drama, modeling, painting, and speech. All in addition to stories, of course!

If you want specific, actionable ideas for how to weave the arts into your lessons, click here to get Your Guide to Lively Homeschooling. It’s free!

7. Find Community

Whether in your neighborhood or at a distance, finding other homeschoolers on this journey can make all the difference. So find your tribe!

If you would love community support from the convenience of your own home, please check out the Homeschool with Waldorf mentorship community. With monthly masterclasses, coaching calls, and plan alongs, you can get the support you  need along with inspiration, and a community of like-minded homeschoolers to sustain you. Get skilled in the Waldorf approach at your own pace and customize whatever resources you have to suit your family.

 

Supplies and Resources I Recommend

The seven steps above are a POWERFUL foundation. And, you might want to dig a little deeper into the practice and philosophy of Waldorf education.

Below I’ve put together a simple list of supplies and resources to further your work as a Waldorf homeschooling parent. So excited for you!

This list contains affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

 

Supplies

I suggest you get started with watercolor painting, drawing, and bean bag games. This is a great way to bring art and creative movement into your home now, and you can always add more in later.

Below are a few high quality art supplies I recommend. The crayons, watercolor paints, and pencils will last practically forever and are truly worth the investment!

For making homemade bean bags, check out this blog post: Movement Games for Children

 

Resources

Here are just a few books and resources I LOVE. Click the links and check them out!

 

You CAN homeschool your children with Waldorf.

Just remember to keep it simple with the 7 steps. Above all, enjoy the journey!

 

19 thoughts on “Just Starting with Waldorf Homeschooling?

  1. I feel that is am coming from knowing nothing, but the more I research Waldorf learning I am more serious about homeschooling my children this way. My oldest is 4. I’m going to follow this getting started list, and I’m hoping for the best! Thank you. I will be in contact with you again soon. I may need a mentoring session but I’m going do a little more reading to inform myself better. Thank you.

    1. So glad you’re here, Caitlin! Remember, homeschooling is a journey and you will be learning just as much as your children! If you haven’t already, I suggest you look at my Resources page. If you scroll down, there are a few more lists of favorite books you might want to begin exploring. You have lots of time. I look forward to hearing how it’s going for you!

  2. Hello Ms Jean,

    I am so thankful when I found your page. I am in Vietnam, an Asia countries and just started to know Waldorf few months ago. I am really into this method and want to homeschool my 2-year-old child with this. Your page really lights the way for me to go. Thank you very much!

  3. My apologies upfront for a long winded comment. I have been homeschooling my children, who range in age from 20 to 3, since 2005. My older two have graduated, my 3rd born is in 9th grade at a local private school, and my younger 3 who are ages 11.5, 7 (8 in April) and newly 3, are homeschooled. I have mostly longed for more of a Charlotte Mason method in our home, but ended up switching to traditional methods because I have lacked the self-confidence of what we were doing and always hated the switch as did my children. I felt like and still feel like we are missing something. In all my years of homeschooling I cannot recall learning about the Waldorf method and it intrigues me greatly. I wonder if this is what is missing from our home? My 11 year old has dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalcula. How do you incorporate the Waldorf method later? I have sent out several inquiries to local homeschool groups to see if there are any Waldorf families in our area but haven’t gotten any responses, so without seeing it it’s hard for me to visualize how to incorporate it into our life. Does this make sense? I would greatly appreciate any feedback you are willing to give.

    Warmly,
    Shelly

    1. So exciting that you’ve found Waldorf. And I think it would enliven your homeschooling in a wonderful way. My suggestion would be to explore three concepts: main lesson block learning, rhythm, and how to weave the lively arts into lessons. Here are some specific blog posts or pages on my website that I would recommend you check out: The Lively Arts, Rhythm is Always the Answer, and the Block Rotation for Grades 1-8. That’s a good place to start. And if you want to read more about what Rudolf Steiner said, you can check out the posts at The Steiner Cafe. I also have lots of free webinars recorded on At Home with Waldorf. All the best as you explore this wonderful method!

  4. I’m very interested in starting early with homeschooling. Waldorf fits our family’s beliefs and ideas of how children should be taught. I was wondering if you could help with some pointers for coming up with a plan to bring to my state to get my home school started. I live in NY and have read it is one of the more difficult states to homeschool in. Thanks so much!

    1. Isn’t it fun to discover Waldorf and feel like it’s such a good fit!?! You don’t mention what “early” means, so I’m not sure the age(s) of your child(ren). The first step though would be to get to know your state’s regulations. I’m not familiar with New York’s requirements in detail (I’m in Ohio). After studying up on what the regulations actually are in your state, you’ll be able to begin to “translate” Waldorf so that you become adept at showing how your homeschooling meets those requirements. If you want more in depth help designing and implementing your homeschooling, I offer one-on-one Mentor Sessions.

  5. Dear Jean,

    Thank you for this well written and clearly explained, Waldorf information. I have always been intrigued by Waldorf and wished I had started home-ed earlier. My 10 year young DS, with ASD, is a visual learner, the basics mentioned above, are exactly what would suit him (and me ?). I am enjoying the journey of learning with him, at his pace… I plan to implement some of the 10 steps, once I have gathered resources – (feeling excited already!). Thank you again.

    Best wishes.

  6. Hi Jean

    I have a child in high school. She is 16 and keen to finish with homeschool. She has 2 yrs left in public school before writing the big exam ( matric). We are in Durban, South Africa. Kindly advise how to get started

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Pricilla,
      Have you read this article on Homeschooling High School yet? This might give you some ideas. I am not familiar with the homeschooling regulations in South Africa so you’ll want to explore that for your situation. All the best as you move forward!
      Jean

  7. I am so excited to have found your page! I’ve planned on homeschooling since before I had kids and am just now really trying to find the best fit and I really think I have found that with Waldorf. Your page is so easy to read and so encouraging that I feel I can do this! Thank you and I may be in touch soon!!

    1. Thank you Crystal! I’m excited you found me too. 🙂 All the best to you and your family as you embark on the homeschooling journey. And let me know how I can help!

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