“If a child has been able in his play to give up his whole loving being to the world around him, he will be able, in the serious tasks of later life, to devote himself with confidence and power to the service of the world.”
Waldorf Homeschooling Basics
Waldorf Education is based on the work of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. Its premise is that the human being has three aspects: thinking, feeling and willing, and that education has to come from experiencing the world from all three aspects.
Waldorf Education is a very popular choice among homeschoolers who prefer a creative approach that honours a the childrens natural developement. Although it is originally designed to be a school based education it is actually quite adaptable for homeschoolers. There is a lot of emphasis on rhythms and the seasons and seasonal holidays are celebrated as part of the education. For younger children there is a lot of free-play to allow them to learn by doing. As the children age the emphasis turns to the arts and the imagination. There are no set textbooks, instead the children create their own books as they learn which helps them understand the subjects on a deeper level.
Many Waldorf Schools have a single teacher accompany the class through their elementary school years. This allows the child to build bonds and to be connected with the person responsible for teaching them, with homeschooling, this happens naturally.