With this being our first “official” year using the Waldorf philosophy in our homeschool, one of the biggest challenges I faced was quickly learning the pedogogy of Waldorf and how it could be used in homeschooling, and more importantly, in our everyday lives. I hit the internet and found TONS of information, which was encouraging, yet a bit overwhelming. Even though there was an overwhelming amount of information online, I couldn’t find a comprehensive list of resources that a new-to-Waldorf homeschooler should absolutely have at their disposal as they
fell down the rabbit hole begin this wonderful journey that is Waldorf living and learning.
So, to help out the new mamas out there, I thought I’d compile my list of what I’ve read/referenced/watched/been recommended so far. This is a living list, so I will add to it as we go. I hope this helps you on your journey!
1. Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne
2. Spiritual Tasks of the Homemaker by Manfred Schmidt-Brabant
3. You are you child’s First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy
4. The Christopherus Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers (We’re using Christopherus, so this is a must.)
5. Festivals, Family and Food by Diana Carey
6. The Children’s Year: Seasonal Crafts and Clothes by Stephanie Cooper
7. Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing Our Children from Birth to Seven by Barbara J. Patterson
8. Seven Times the Sun: Guiding Your Child Through the Rhythms of the Day by Shea Darian
9. Waldorf Education in Practice: Exploring How Children Learn in the Lower Grades by Else Gottgens