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  1. I am a new homeschooler and I have found that the hardest thing about this undertaking for me is finding my personal homeschooling philosophy. I've read extensively about Waldorf, Charlotte Mason, Classical, Unschooling, and variations on all of them that would fall under the eclectic umbrella. When my oldest was a baby I fell in love with Waldorf. We became involved in a school and our parenting was very Waldorf based. The more I read Steiner the more I became concerned about anthroposophy. I converted to Catholicism in 2009 and pretty much abandoned Waldorf at that point as there seemed to be too many conflicts to make it genuinely work as Steiner intended. I know many people have successfully secularized or adjusted Waldorf to fit their personal belief system but at the time I wasn't as plugged in online and I felt a little lost and unsure how to do that. I also felt that Waldorf was an enormous commitment as the early years are paced so different than most other educational options and I was unsure I wanted to commit so fully to such an alternative path for the longterm. My heart is in Waldorf though it seems to be the most parentally involved educational path that we could take. With all that said, there are so many thing I like about classical education. It makes sense to me, I can see the longterm progression and I think the end result of its definition of what being "educated" is resonates with me. I am reading LCC right now and so much in that book makes good, solid sense to me. I have chosen Memoria Press next year with some tweaks as it is laid out and seems to follow a longterm scholastic path that I can get fully on board with. I did just buy the 2nd grade Christopherus package used to look at it as I can't seem to let Waldorf go. There is no real way to combine Waldorf and classical ed is there? The philosophies are just too different. I like the emphasis on nature, rhythm, seasons, art and a nurturing childhood with little media or other distractions of that nature. I just also want to do recitation, memory work, cursive and Latin. :) Has anyone successfully merged Waldorf and classical? Yes, I have looked at Oak Meadow extensively and at this time it really isn't quite what I am looking for though I know most think it is a good compromise. ETA: My rising second grade daughter is dyslexic. We are committed to Phonics Road at this time as it is working very well for her. Waldorf language arts would not be a good fit. Also, my 4 year old son is accelerated and would not tolerate the very gentle academics of K/1 Waldorf. My conflict here is in nurturing them and preserving their early childhood while also meeting their individual academic needs.
  2. I don't know if I'm the only one...but when I look at Waldorf-y stuff...I think, "That's how childhood should be." "That's the type of school I wish I went to." It speaks to my soul. I remember visiting a Waldorf kindy for DS1 when he was 4...and the energy of the place was just so peaceful and nurturing. Unfortunately, we couldn't afford the $5k, tuition. ;) The thing is, I went to an overpriced, Anglophilic, academic-rigorous prep school--so the classical curriculum speaks to me as well. Oh, if only I had started Latin younger, rather than waiting until 6th grade. Oh, if only I had a better grasp of Ancient history, etc. I'm kind of caught between the two. Anyways, I'm in a major curriculum shopping/lusting phase, and went back to one of my old Waldorf haunts, A Little Garden Flower. She now has little guides for people coming to Waldorf late--be it the second, third, or fourth grade. They're under $20 for the e-book and they are just chock-full of so much information. Pages and pages. She also has a great sample series from her curriculum that I highly recommend. If you're at all considering Waldorf, I really recommend these. I love Donna's stuff (Christopherus) too, but her prices are much higher these days. Waldorf speaks to my soul. Classical speaks to my head. So, I think I'm going to try and go back and do Waldorf with my kids. My goal is to commit until they're in 5th grade at least. I figure I can start major intensive Classical schooling then if I want--or continue with what's working. I'm sure I'll still supplement (it's my nature), but I hope to offer a more gentle early Childhood if possible. (Possible for me...the curriculum junkie.)
  3. 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! :-)
  4. 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!
  5. Would you mind telling me about what you use? So far, we have been a very Waldorf inspired family and there is so so much that I love about Waldorf. On the other hand, I have lately been feeling like I want to add some more Classical resources in for next year, particularly for my son who will be in third grade. It's so funny because I haven't been to this forum in a while, but I came yesterday just to look around and saw a few threads about Waldorf! It must be a sign!
  6. I am a strong proponent of classical education but at the same time completely love Oak Meadow and Waldorf. I guess I was wondering if anyone out there uses two curricula that you may feel are "opposing" and how does you make it work. thanks
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