The Homeschool Identity Issue

Gender identity, cultural identity, religious identity, personal identity... they are all sub-types of the (one of ) the "big" cultural topics du jour. Your identity supposedly defines who you are as a person. While I don't typically buy into these newfangled pop-culture ideas, I admit that identity is often just as much an issue among [...]

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Life and Learning

I am afraid this may turn into an eclectic post, filled with my rambling thoughts on life and learning, and how we approach each in our home. I've written a few times that this year has been a growing and changing year in our homeschool, but the truth is when I think about it, I [...]

Simplicity Childhood

Last night I had a freelance assignment of covering a screening of Waldorf-educator Kim Hunter's film, "Time to Play". The film talks about the developmental need for allowing young children ample time for unstructured play, and how we need to work as a society at bringing this back as an early childhood priority. The screening [...]

Circle Time at Home

A traditional element of Waldorf schools and homes is Circle Time. A good description of a traditional Waldorf Circle Time is this one, from Lavender's Blue Homeschool - a Waldorf Kindergarten program: "In a Waldorf kindergarten (and in the early grades as well), music and movement happen throughout the day but there is also a [...]

Less is More

I was reading through the Oak Meadow Kindergarten syllabus tonight, preparing myself for the week ahead, when I came to a section on Creative Play. I loved what I read there. It summarizes so well Waldorf beliefs. But more than that, it summarizes what many parents around the globe have known, what "experts" are now [...]