Taproot 2015

Waldorf Without Walls & Waldorf-Inspired Learning present…

The 9th Annual
Taproot Teacher Training 2015 - Registration is Now OpenFor Waldorf Homeschoolers
Grades K–8
August 13-16, 2015

The Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center
Peninsula, Ohio

$450 – Regular Rate
$350 – Commuter Rate
(includes meals & accommodations)

Come and enjoy the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park while you learn with other Waldorf homeschoolers from all over the country. Join us for hands-on workshops in the main lessons and lively arts that bring this method alive. Together, we’ll sing, create, share stories, hike and play games. The magic of Taproot is the warmth and community, support, great conversations and laughter that emerge during this three-day weekend.We offer this training to suit the unique situation of homeschooling parents and teachers of small groups, keeping in mind the advantages of working in a home, while applying Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy to the needs of the homeschooling family.

The registration fee includes all workshops, dormitory accommodations, meals and snacks for the entire weekend, Thursday evening through Sunday midday. The CVEEC staff provides a delicious menu of meals using largely local and/or organic ingredients, and can accommodate most special dietary needs. The White Pines facility is situated in a beautiful area surrounded by hiking trails, ponds and an outdoor fire circle. Amenities include the dormitory rooms, meeting spaces, and a dining area all in a temperature controlled facility on a restored historic farmstead. 

Nursing babies are welcome with a participant caregiver who is familiar with the child and able to remove the child if he or she becomes disruptive. We are unable to provide childcare.

WATCH THIS MESSAGE FROM BARBARA AND JEAN!

Taproot 2015 from Jean Miller on Vimeo.

HERE’S WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU REGISTER:

  • Three days of workshops with presenters who are experienced in teaching and working with Waldorf homeschoolers.
  • All workshops, accommodations, meals and snacks for the weekend.
  • Summer reading material to help you prepare for Taproot, including two eBooks on Waldorf homeschooling, one from Barbara and one from Jean (a $34 value) which will be sent upon registration:
    • Planning for Waldorf-Inspired Homeschooling: Keeping It Simple by Jean
    • Homeschooling with Waldorf: Getting Started by Barbara
  • An invitation to join one of Jean’s webinars (for free) on “The 6 Steps to Planning an Awesome Waldorf Homeschooling Year” taking place at the end of July.
  • Subscription to a special Taproot newsletter that will be emailed monthly leading up to Taproot with tips on how to begin the planning process in small, do-able steps.
  • MP3 recordings of all the songs we sing at Taproot to take home.

TAPROOT TEACHER TRAINING SCHEDULE — AUGUST 13 – 16, 2015

Day & Time Thurs 8/13 Fri 8/14 Sat 8/15 Sun 8/16
7:00 am   Wake Up Wake Up Wake Up
7:30 am   Morning Hike
Morning Hike
Morning Hike
8:00 am   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00-9:45   Morning Song Morning Song Morning Song
10:00-11:30   Morning Session* Morning Session* Morning Session
Noon-1:00   Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30-3:00   Early Afternoon Session* Early Afternoon Session* Departure
3:00-3:30   Snack Break Snack Break  
3:30-5:00 Arrival Late Afternoon Session* Late Afternoon Session*  
5:30-6:30 Dinner Dinner Dinner  
7:00-9:00 Evening Program Evening Program Evening Program  

*For these sessions, please choose your workshop from among the options listed below.
Upon registration, you will be sent a survey link for indicating your choices.

Thursday Evening Program (7:30-9:00 pm)

Welcome (Jean & Barbara)
Puppet Show (Barbara)
Waldorf at Home: Cultivating Wonder (Jean)

Friday Morning Options (10:00-11:30) – choose one

  1. Main Lessons Before the 9 Year Change: Grades 1-3 (Barbara) **
    This session provides an overview of main lesson topics for grades 1-3, covering reading and math presentation, how to make a main lesson book, and the rhythm of the morning. (**This workshop spans two days; please plan to attend both Friday and Saturday mornings.)
  2. Drawing & Painting (Royse)
    Learn how to work with watercolor and to find form in wet-on-wet painting. We will also explore how to work with complementary colors in both painting and drawing. This session will offer an overview of painting and drawing through the curriculum, and participants will create pictures from a few different grades’ main lessons. 
  3. Eurythmy (Julie)
    Enjoy the magic of poetry in movement. Take the time to listen to a poem and find how it can be expressed through a kind of dance called Eurythmy. Feel joyful, renewed, and centered. Comfortable clothing is recommended!

Friday Early Afternoon Options (1:30-3:00) – choose one

  1. Main Lessons After the 9 Year Change: Grades 4 & Up (Jean) **
    After an overview of the curriculum for grades 4-8, we will explore child development, the approach to history and science, making main lesson books or alternatives, and rhythm. (**This workshop spans two days; please plan to attend both Friday and Saturday afternoons.)
  2. Drawing & Painting (Royse)
    Learn how to work with watercolor and to find form in wet-on-wet painting. We will also explore how to work with complementary colors in both painting and drawing. This session will offer an overview of painting and drawing through the curriculum, and participants will create pictures from a few different grades’ main lessons. 
  3. Eurythmy (Julie)
    Enjoy the magic of poetry in movement. Take the time to listen to a poem and find how it can be expressed through a kind of dance called Eurythmy. Feel joyful, renewed, and centered. Comfortable clothing is recommended!

Friday Late Afternoon Options (3:30-5:00) – choose one

  1. Nature Study (Jean)
    In this workshop, we will explore the ways in which animals, plants and insects appear throughout the Waldorf curriculum. We will create simple nature journals and head out on a nature walk, taking time to sit and sketch some of the nature that we encounter. We will also reflect on the ways that exploring nature fosters reverence and wonder in our children and in ourselves.
  2. Making Standing Puppets (Barbara)
    Each person will make a felt standing puppet character which will be useful for storytelling in kindergarten, to illustrate and tell stories for grades 1-3, or for older children to make for younger children.

Friday Evening Program (7:30-9:30 pm)

Child Development (Royse)
Beginning Handwork Projects (Barbara & Jean)

Saturday Morning Options (10:00-11:30) – choose one

  1. Main Lessons Before the 9 Year Change: Grades 1-3 (Barbara) **
    On our second day together, Barbara will introduce Form Drawing and beginning recorder playing, and explore how these fit in with the main lesson. (**This workshop spans two days; please plan to attend both Friday and Saturday mornings.)
  2. Handwork: Curriculum Overview & Projects for the Older Grades (Alisha)
    Traditionally in fourth grade, cross-stitch and hand-sewing are introduced. The fourth graders, having experienced the 9-year change are generally more awake, and are able to handle more concentrated and mindful projects with their hands. For our upper grades project, we will be making a felt needle book. 
  3. Writing, Drama & Literature: Teaching the English Language Arts (Jean)
    In this session, we will explore the Waldorf approach to literacy through the grades. This begins with the oral tradition of verses and stories and drama. We will go on to explore biographies and found poetry, writing, and creating scripts from stories. 

Saturday Early Afternoon Options (1:30-3:00) – choose one

  1. Main Lessons After the 9 Year Change: Grades 4 & Up (Jean) **
    On the second day of main lesson for grades 4+, we will explore music, form drawing and geometric drawing, writing and math. We’ll also look at how to begin fostering independence in our children. Suggested resources will be available to peruse. (**This workshop spans two days; please plan to attend both Friday and Saturday afternoons.)
  2. Handwork: Curriculum Overview & Projects for the Early Grades (Alisha)
    Handwork in the early grades focuses on training the fingers, and getting the children used to using their hands. After making their own knitting needles, first-graders learn how to roll balls of yarn, cast-on, knit and cast off.  First projects involve knitting squares which can be made into animals. In second grade, children enhance their knitting knowledge by learning the purl stitch and they also begin to crochet. Third graders continue to develop their knit and crochet skills, often making a recorder case or hat. In this session for the early grades, you may choose to make an animal from a knitted square or crochet a circle mat.
  3. Kindergarten (Barbara)
    This session will offer an overview of the philosophy behind the early childhood years in Waldorf education, with a tour of the toys and simply made playthings for young children. We will also discuss how to create a weekly and daily rhythm at home.

Saturday Late Afternoon Options (3:30-5:00) – choose one

  1. Math Games & Movement (Barbara)
    We will learn and practice the Waldorf math movement games which help the children memorize basic math facts in a fun and exciting way, by marching, passing beanbags, skipping, jumping rope, and playing with rhythm sticks.
  2. Group Games for All Ages (Jean)
    Let’s get outdoors and moving around! We’ll play lots of games that are good for mixed ages, games that you can do at home with your own children and/or with a group of children. From jump rope and circle games, to ball games and chasing games, movement games are both fun and help to support brain development.

Saturday Evening Program (7:30-9:30)

Waldorf Live! Sharing What We’ve Learned (Hosted by Barbara & Jean)
Campfire

Sunday Morning Session (10:00-11:30)

Putting It All Together: Hands-On Planning & Our Artistic Imaginations (Barbara & Jean)

** “Main Lessons” sessions span two days; please plan to attend both days. (Before the 9 Year Change, Friday and Saturday mornings; After the 9 Year Change, Friday and Saturday early afternoons.)

PRESENTERS

Barbara Dewey of waldorfwithoutwalls.com
Barbara Dewey

Barbara, of Waldorf Without Walls, consults with homeschooling families throughout the world, publishes a newsletter, writes publications, provides training workshops, and spends her spare time with her husband Quimby, family and friends, enjoying her unique solar home, and developing her farmland. She is the mother of four and grandmother to six. Barbara holds an M.S. in Waldorf education from the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College in Spring Valley, NY. She has been teaching for 54 years.

Jean Miller of Waldorf-Inspired Learning
Jean Miller

As the mother of three, Jean has been on the Waldorf homeschooling journey for over 20 years. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching and has taught in public and private schools, homeschooling and small groups. Jean has studied and practiced Waldorf methods since 1992 by attending local and national conferences and workshops, reading extensively, planning and implementing many lessons. In addition to writing and mentoring homeschoolers at Waldorf-Insipred Learning, Jean teaches high school English and History to a group of homeschooled teens. She lives in northeastern Ohio with her husband of 26 years and their youngest child, where she loves to sing, garden, cook and go bird watching.

Royse Crall
Royse Crall

Royse has taken one class through Spring Garden Waldorf School (grades one to eight) and has just completed grade 7 for the second time. She began incorporating Waldorf lessons in painting, knitting and history into her fourth grade public school classroom in 1995. Royse then taught Waldorf main lesson blocks to homeschooled children in kindergarten through grade 5 from 1997-1999. She received her Waldorf training from the Great Lakes Regional Training Center (2000-2002) and has attended numerous Waldorf grades trainings and conferences from 1993 to today. Royse has taught at Taproot since 2007. She has three grown children of her own and loves knitting, Eurythmy and drama, and working on her art.

Julie Hoehnen
Julie Hoehnen

Julie graduated from the School of Eurythmy in Spring Valley, New York in 1999. She has explored Eurythmy with the Rainbow’s Edge homeschooling group, with children at Spring Garden Waldorf School in Akron, and is currently working with students at Urban Oak School in Cleveland Heights. She is the mother of a four year old daughter who enjoys following Mama around the house skipping and singing while Mama is creating her Eurythmy classes for children.

 

Alisha Trammell
Alisha Trammell

Alisha is the mother of 4 and has been a Waldorf-inspired homeschooler for over 10 years. She has a profound appreciation of the Waldorf curriculum and how it speaks to the development of the child. She also understands the beauty and challenges of teaching from home. Alisha is currently enrolled in the Applied Arts program at Sunbridge Institute and teaches handwork at Urban Oak School in Cleveland Heights. She is eager to share her love of handwork with you.

WORDS FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS

” Wonderful training. Thank you.”

“It was truly a magical Taproot time!”

 “I so appreciate all the time and attention to detail that was obviously put into this event.”

“My time at Taproot had a radical impact on my resolve and attitude toward homeschooling with Waldorf.” 

“Taproot summer 2014 was by far the best summer teacher training I have ever had the pleasure of receiving.”

FAQS

Q: Can I bring my family and children with me to the weekend?
A: Unfortunately, we do not have a children’s program or childcare. Think of Taproot as a retreat for Mom (or the primary homeschooling parent)! Nursing babies are welcome with a registered participant familiar with the child who can step out if the baby becomes disruptive. With a very active or vocal baby, or with a nursing toddler, it’s best to come with a companion (think Grandma or Dad) and register both of you so that your child also gets the attention he or she needs. If you wish to travel to Ohio with your family, please look into other accommodations nearby and then register at the commuter rate as we do not have sleeping accommodations for families or children. Another possible scenario is for the family to stay elsewhere together, register Mama at the commuter rate and register Papa (or Grandma) for Meals Only and have them join us for meals (a good time for nursing the baby!)

Q: Are there camping facilities at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center (CVEEC)?
A: No, there are not any camping facilities on site. However, there is primitive camping in the national park about 15 minutes away at the Stanford House. There are only 5 spots, so consider checking on this early if you’re interested. Here is the link: http://www.conservancyforcvnp.org/space-rental/lodging/camp-sites

Q: Is there a commuter rate?
A: Yes! If you live in northeastern Ohio, choose stay with friends or family in the area, go camping or get a hotel room, you are welcome to come as a commuter for a registration fee of $350. This fee includes all workshops, meals and snacks.

Q: I don’t have PayPal. Is there another way to pay? Can I pay by check?
A: Yes! You can pay by check. Just email jean@waldorfinspiredlearning.com and she’ll respond with the address for sending the check. Then the registration materials will be sent to you via email.

Q: What do I need to know if I’m arranging a plane flight to attend Taproot?
A: First of all, you have two choices of airports. Both Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) are good choices, and both are 30-35 minutes from CVEEC. To get from the airport to CVEEC, we suggest you rent a car or share a ride with other Mamas who will be coming. You could share the cost of a rental car or arrange for a driver. We would be happy to share information with the group if you would like to know who else might be flying in. Just indicate that in Question #10 on your survey (sent with your purchase confirmation). We will need your permission to share your contact information in our Taproot newsletter.

Q: Do attendees ever share rides to Taproot?
Yes! We have had participants meet new friends this way. If you would like to try coordinating rides with others from your area, just indicate that in Question #10 on your survey (sent with your purchase confirmation). We will need your permission to share your contact information in our Taproot newsletter.