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  1. I'd like to incorporate some Waldorf-style crafts for the superficial reason that they are so pretty :) , and the slightly more respectable reasons that they are nature-oriented and fairly practical/functional -- it ties in nicely with our CM-ish nature studies and goals for handicrafts. I'm not sure how to best to add on, though, because our schedule is pretty full right now. Granted, "full" includes a generous dose of unstructured and outdoor play; but there isn't a LOT of room for more "structured" activities that require teaching & supervision. This is mainly for Button -- who likes beautiful things, and wants more art & esp. to learn to knit -- and the skills I develop should transfer well to the toddler, who is a Waldorf-friendly kind of guy. Button is very mathy and analytical; the little one is story-oriented and imaginative. At any rate: suggestions? I am thinking my best decision is btw. supplementing with Oak Meadow (but full curriculum, or just the crafts + process manuals?) or Christopherus (same question: go for the whole thing at age-level and pare what I don't want, or do manuals with the nature and skills I'm interested in?). My mental energy is in short supply right now so I am leaning toward something already-organized for me: I don't have the time to really learn how to apply Waldorf flexibly. Oak Meadow is here; Christopherus; Live Ed for other browsing Waldorf, and also A Little Garden Flower. Wee Folk Art has a lovely lesson plan for 3 seasons of work with the 4-6 yos.
  2. I dont know why, but i keep considering Oak Meadow for my youngest. He will be entering 2nd next year, and is very artsy, craftsy, loves stories, reading, projects, hands on........he is also accelerated in most subjects, so i dont know if Oak Meadow would even work for him...we would stick with Beast Academy and Math Mammoth for math, and Lively Latin...... Thoughts? Could Oak Meadow be a fit for an accelerated 2nd grader?
  3. hi...we're looking for Waldorf 7th grade curriculum and other books and feedback from any parents who have used any of the Waldorf curriculums available for homeschoolers.....thanks....you can email me at auntiebridgedagap (at) gmail (dot) com many thanks :grouphug:
  4. I'm playing around with a new idea this morning. Both my DDs are extremely creative people. Both draw well for their ages, participate in choir, dance, and love performing. So, the thought hit me: Why not make fine arts (visual art, music, dance) the focus of a homeschool? An arts-centered approach would play to their strengths and might be really, really fun for all of us (I'm an arts-girl, too). I'm not sure how this would work out or even what it would look like. I'm just thinking out loud here. Maybe I could teach history through art/music history and incorporate more math-art (tesselations, golden ratio, etc.) into our days? What else could I do? I love the idea of going to the ballet and calling it "school." :D Like I said, I'm not sure how (or if) it would really work. I'm just trying this idea on for size. I'd really appreciate feedback, even if you think I'm totally nuts! Just be gentle ;)
  5. Can someone compare Waldorf theology and practice versus Charlotte Mason? Thanks, SuperDad
  6. I have definitely decided to do Waldorf with my youngest. I was set on purchasing Oak Meadow K when I felt dd(almost 4) was ready, which would still be quite a while from now, but I like to plan ahead. Today I discovered this Waldorf curriculum: http://www.live-education.com/ Wow, I love the looks of it, too! I've talked to several OM users, but I don't know of anyone using Live Education. Does anyone here use it? What do you think? Also, it would be great if you've used both Live Education and Oak Meadow and could compare the two for me. Thanks!
  7. Can someone please explain the Waldorf philosophy to me? I don't mean vague statements, such as "it's a sensory-based holistic yaddayaddayadda", I mean specific examples, how it relates/compares to other philosophies, a typical day of a homeschool that is based on Waldorf, which homeschool curricula best fit with the Waldorf philosophy, etc. Also, while we're on the note of curricula, how do you pronounce Sonlight? Sawn-light or Suhn-light? Thanks, Hadassah ETA: I'm not looking to implement Waldorf in my own homeschool, nor am I shopping for Waldorf curricula. I simply want to learn more about it. Thanks.
  8. I currently have a fourth grader and a first grader. You can see in my signature what we are using for this school year. Originally I had planned on adding a "Waldorfy" feel to our school, but it hasn't quite worked out for a few different reasons. One being that I decided that too late and I couldn't afford spending a lot all at once. The other was that I had my baby in October, so I wasn't sure I wanted something very time-intensive. Anyway, my younger two are almost 3 and just about 3 months. Obviously if I wanted to go more Waldorf with them, I would have a few years to get what I need. I was wondering if anyone has ever done something like this? Teach older kids a completely different way than their younger kids? And what was your experience?
  9. I am planning to HS, but my older daughter (almost 5) is a social creature…and we live an in area w/o with few extracurricular activities/opportunities. She is also bilingual, and we do not speak Spanish at home (She currently attends half-day (Spanish) pre-school; continuing school would allow her to remain fluent.). I spend a lot of time reading to my two, and this daughter is at the stage where she is sounding out words. Nothing is forced; she is genuinely interested in learning to read. I visited a Waldorf school last year, spoke to the director, and felt fairly confident the program on a P/T basis could complement our future studies. I returned today, and the school rep (different person) seemed appalled that my daughter was near-reading. She asked, “She is asking you to read at four. What are you going to do when she is 15 and she wants to drink or do drugs?†I was flabbergasted, told her there was no way to equate reading and drugs, and cut our conversation short. Before her question, the woman said teachers at the school do not read to young children and picture books aren’t available (stories are told). Furthermore, parents are also cautioned not to read to their children. I certainly do not remember being told this last year. I know Waldorf doesn’t endorse the teaching of reading at an early age…but no reading period? No looking at picture books? Early reading compared to drug use? Is this really Waldorf?
  10. I decided to use Oak Meadow for ds in grades 1-3 before switching to something more classical/cm-ish. I want to supplement Oak Meadow 1 with OPGTR (which we already use) and add Singapore Math. I will use the rest as is (for now... I have not seen it in person yet.) For dd, who will start 4th grade, we will stick with classical/CM. But I would like to give her education a waldorfy touch. So far, this is what I've been thinking: I want to use main lessons books for history and science. I will have her learn to knit and play the recorder (as ds will be doing in OM1.) I want to add form drawing and do art the waldorf way. I plan on purchasing the Little Acorn seasonal guides and menues and use them with all my dc. This is what I've got for now. Does anyone have any other ideas/suggestions? I'm all ears! :-)
  11. Anyone used this and would like to share their opinion?
  12. I think I will use Oak Meadow in grades 1-3. (My dd is in grade 4 and I'm happy with the choices I made for her.) So this would be for my ds6, he will be 7 in August. I plan on supplementing the language arts with OPGTR, which we already use. Everything else looks great to me (as far as I can tell from their sample), but I don't have it in front of me yet... So here are my questions: 1. Does 1st grade include form drawing? 2. Are lessons scheduled in blocks (like traditional Waldorf)? 3. Do you know of any bloggers who write about Oak Meadow in the younger years? Please share! :) 4. I don't like the spiral main lesson books on their webpage. Are there other options? 5. Are the main lessons books meant to be used for everything or are is it one for each subject? 6. Is it worth it to get their Health curriculum? Thank you for reading and helping!! :)
  13. I just found out about this curriculum. I can't tell much from the few sample pages. It looks like it gives a lot more in math and la than Oak Meadow does, but just a few ideas for science and art, etc.. I'd love to buy both programs and combine them, but that is not a possibility for us at the moment. Has anyone here used Christopherus and can tell me more about the guide? What I like about Oak Meadow is that it tells you what to study, but then let's you pick and choose. With OM, we will supplement LA and Math. Any help is appreciated.
  14. I am sold on the benefits of Classical Education. As a former ps teacher who was trained in Whole Language, learning about Classical Education really opened up my eyes and made sense to me. There were so many struggling children and I knew they were not having their needs met. However, the one area that I do struggle with is incorporating spontaneity and exploration into my program. Classical Education, at least for the lower grades, does follow a fairly scripted, patterned program. I see the benefits of that. But I also want my children to explore, question, and test. I want my children to be outside and to be working with natural materials and interacting with their surroundings. I don't find that I am doing this as much as I want to because I get into the pattern of my classical program. Sadly, I don't even make a great deal of time for incorporating holidays and things. I guess I haven't learned the art of being flexible with a classical program yet. Any ideas? I did plan on using the Handbook of Nature Study and Barb's Nature Study program, but it got bumped out of my schedule so often it never found its way back in!
  15. Is Paper, Scissors, Stone your preferred supplier?
  16. Waldorf does not appeal to me as a teacher. I think there are some beautiful aspects but I knew when I looked at it ages ago that I would not last long -being I can not knit, sew, draw, and not the least bit crafty, etc. However, I have a daughter who is a rising 7th grader who is into crafts, gnomes, angels, fairies, myths, cultures, and all that jazz. I think she would have been a perfect fit in a waldorf school if she had been born with a different mother. I don't think I want to switch over to Oak Meadow for her only, though their Grade 8 Literature choices are about the same as mine and the Grade 8 Physical Science lines up with what we are doing in Science and the Grade 7 history almost lines up with our history. I just can't get a feel for it from the limited samples. Just what aspects can I add that would appeal to a Waldorfian type? Ones that can be done independently. I think a nature table would be fun for her or in our case, a nature mantle.
  17. I've always thought Oak Meadow looked like a good program but we just never tried it. We are more relaxed in style and have incorporated some "waldorf-ish" (I know any Waldorf people are cringing at this) components into our homeschool in the early years. Now that we're hitting the middle grades I'm looking for something with a little more structure to keep us on track but not necessarily a daily schedule. We use a mix/match selection of programs now, which is working for us this year (TT, GWG, Writing Skills, Word Roots, world history text, map skills, and variety of reading). But I feel like I want it tied together a little better in the future. I've read some good reviews for OM middle grades and high school. I've looked at their info on-line and it looks like a good mix of lit and text when needed. If we haven't followed Oak Meadow's curriculum earlier, will it be harder to start in 7th grade? Thanks for any thoughts.
  18. I have been reading about classical education, (The Core, and TWTM) and I like a lot of the information, but my mom just heard about this curriculum called Oak Meadow and I was wondering if anyone knows anything about it? I would like to look at all my options. I am not looking for curriculum for this school year, we will finish up with what we have, but maybe for next year. I sometimes feel like I need something new to break up the same old, same old.:001_smile: Al
  19. What are your favorite books? I've been using OM K with my youngest this year and loving it. For next school year I'm planning to use OM 1 and 5 and I'm considering adding in parts of ALGF as well. I also just bought my first insanely expensive set of math gnomes because I'm sorry, but I just don't want to make them, and I'm really just feeling waldorfy right now. SO, what should I read?
  20. Thanks to Woolybear who pointed the way to this on another thread. This looks like a fun, easy program and I'm planning on using it myself next year for Kindergarten. If you like Waldorf or Charlotte Mason this is worth looking at. Very loosely structured, just a couple book suggestions and some simple coordinating handcrafts, recipes, and field trip ideas. Nice record and planning sheets are included as well. Best of all it's FREE. Similar to Waldorf in that it is organized around the seasons, focuses on holidays, and has the neat handcrafts and recipes. Similar to CM with books, poetry, picture study, and a narration/journal page. The book choices look really good; lots of classic stories and not over the top with fairies and gnomes. :001_smile: You just need some math to make it a complete K program (we'll be adding Bible stories too). Wee Folk Art Curriculum Click on each box then the title under the big photo to see each season's 12-week plans in PDF.
  21. Well, here I go again! I really think it would benefit my dc, especially my dd who has anxiety issues, to go to a more Waldorf type of school. Tried it before, didn't really stick to it. Here are some questions for you "seasoned" Waldorf ladies. I like certain aspects of a lot of the different Waldorf curriculum (which is why I put out a WTB for a bunch!) but am wondering if it will be too much, or too confusing to try & do the combining? For instance, I have OM 4, and I really like the looks of it, but think it might be a little too much for my ds (7, but excellent reader & very bright). I was going to do it with both, but give ds less writing. Or, do I do OM 4 with dd, OM 3 with ds? Christopherus looks good to me too, especially their OT Stories, and I am also intrigued by the Spritual Syllabus books. Am I crazy to try & pick and choose what I like from each? Before I thought of doing (trying) an actual Waldorf curriculum again, my plan was to just add in a bunch more nature studies, books about animals, Waldorf recommended books, and maybe the Little Acorn after school guides to say, my SL curriculum for next year. I know no one can make the decision for me (wish you could), but I would appreciate hearing anyone else's experiences with this. Thanks! -BTW, I realize OM isn't really considered a "true" Waldorf curriculum
  22. I'm looking at incorporating form drawing in our (non-Waldorf) curriculum. What resources would help me understand and lead my children in form drawing? I don't want a whole curriculum, but something that could give me ideas on how to lead into it and encourage my children as they go. Suggestions? Thanks, Emily
  23. I am looking for a free website that will give me ideas to do with my son using the letters of the alphabet or numbers. Something that will give him hands on activities. I also would love to find free Montessori or Waldorf activity idea links. Thanks so much!!!
  24. Do any of you do Waldorf style crafts? What is the best book to start with for learning about the whys and hows?
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