Resources for Waldorf Homeschooling

Resources for Waldorf Homeschooling

Welcome! I’m Jean, a longtime Waldorf homeschooler and mother of three. I put together this list of resources for Waldorf homeschooling to help you navigate through everything that is available on the wonderful Waldorf journey. If you want help creating a homeschooling plan from all of these resources, check out the ways I can support you here: What I Offer.

 

Curriculum

www.christopherushomeschool.org  Donna Simmons is a trained Waldorf teacher and homeschooling Mom. She offers curriculum for grades 1-5 along with a variety of unit studies, a Kindergarten guide, a very informative Waldorf Curriculum Overview, and audio downloads on various topics. Lots to check out on her site including a great article, “Waldorf 101.”

www.live-education.com  Live Education! Publishes curriculum for Waldorf homeschoolers and teachers for grades K-8. Lovely curriculum book sets for each grade that come with consultation. Must purchase entire grade package.

www.waldorfessentials.com  Melisa Nielsen is a Waldorf homeschooling parent who offers curriculum and support for grades 1-7 and also an Early Years program. She also offers a training program for Moms called Thinking, Feeling, Willing.

www.lavendersbluehomeschool.com  Lavender’s Blue offers a kindergarten curriculum organized by the seasons, and a first- and second-grade curriculum. These are complete weekly guides, with stories, song recordings and verses.

www.oakmeadow.com  Oak Meadow publishes homeschool curriculum materials for Pre-K through High School and has an accredited distance education school. Not purely Waldorf (lessons are not set up in main lesson blocks), but influenced by Waldorf.

www.Earthschooling.com  Kristie Burns offers curriculum packages and lessons for grades preschool through 8th grade and high school as well. All lessons are created by a team of Waldorf and certified teachers and include videos, MP3s, and lectures for teacher support.

www.mathbyhand.com  Hands-on, interactive math kits for grades 1-4, made specifically for homeschoolers by a CA Waldorf teacher. Each kit comes with all the materials needed to make each project; effective, fun and complete.

Curriculum Support

www.waldorfinspiredlearning.com  This is my (Jean Miller’s) website and blog where I offer weekly inspiration through blog posts and a newsletter. I also have a Planning guide, an online coaching program Plan It Out, and I offer one-on-one Mentor Sessions. Plus so much more! I encourage you to have a look around.

www.waldorfwithoutwalls.com  Barbara Dewey (my mentor) publishes many small, helpful books including one on Getting Started, a great Form Drawing book, and books on Handwork, Math, Watercolor Painting and more.

www.millennialchild.com  Eugene Schwartz’s site has lots of CDs on various topics including each grade, and he offers online conferences by grade. He has very helpful free outlines of each grade as well. And check out the article “Freedom of Choice or Freedom from Choice?”

www.celebratetherhythmoflife.com   Lisa Boisvert-Mackenzie offers the Living Curriculum Program for early childhood that focuses on simple rhythms, songs, and verses; and eCourses to support and inspire parents and teachers. Here’s a link to an article about getting organized for homeschooling: http://thewonderofchildhood.com/2011/06/homeschooling-get-organized/

www.thewaldorfconnection.com  Donna Ashton is a homeschooling mother of twins. She offers training and support particularly for parents of young children. Donna organizes the annual Global Waldorf Expo, bringing talks with Waldorf education experts to the homeschooling community online.

www.awaldorfjourney.com  Meredith Floyd-Preston is a mother of 3 teenagers and a trained and experienced Waldorf teacher who blogs and podcasts about her experiences at A Waldorf Journey. She also offers curriculum and training materials for teachers and homeschoolers, and hosts a wonderful Podcast. You can listen to my conversation with Meredith here.

www.homemusicmaking.blogspot.com  Jodie Mesler has created Living Music from the Heart: Music Curriculum for Waldorf-Inspired Homeschoolers for teaching penny whistle or recorder at home. Volume 1 is for the 6-year-old; Volume 2, for 7-9-year-olds. She also has Festival songbooks and CDs. 

www.syrendell.blogspot.com  Jennifer Tan is a fiber artist and Waldorf Mom who has handwork e-books for sale, among other things. Rick Tan is a Waldorf teacher and offers c-courses and workshops on chalkboard drawing and watercolor painting.

www.bravewriter.com   “Supports and nurtures the homeschool family in the areas of Language Arts and writing from grammar school until college with online classes, home study courses and language arts programs.” Publishes magazines on individual fiction titles complete with dictation, narration and writing ideas for both elementary and high school.

www.ddarcy.com  David Darcy has a great book Inspiring Your Child’s Education: A Holistic Curriculum and Teacher Training Guide as well as a book and CD on the pentatonic recorder.

www.jamieyorkpress.com  Publisher of Waldorf math books for private, public and home schools: the Making Math Meaningful curriculum and workbooks for each grade. This site also has wonderful Free Downloads of practice and review sheets, lesson plans, and math facts flashcards.

www.molletacademy.com  David Mollet offers “teaching Packs” based on the Waldorf approach to education, making stories and drama an integral part of the lessons and involving students through storytelling, art, simulations, drama, craft, discussion and creation of a personal record. Available packs include: Ancient Civilizations/World History, History of California, and Mathematics – Fractions and Multiplication Tables.

www.movementforchildhood.com  A resource for teachers and parents who want to provide children a path to healthy development through age-appropriate movement activities inspired by Waldorf education.

www.mainlesson.com  “Bringing Yesterday’s Classics to Today’s Children,” The Baldwin Online Children’s Literature Project seeks to make available a comprehensive collection of stories for different grades for teachers and parents – folk tales, myths, legends, fairy tales. Its focus is on literature that is in the public domain, published between 1880-1922. Great resource.

www.weefolkart.com  Patterns and crafts from three generations of crafters. They also have a free kindergarten curriculum plan with a simple schedule of story, activity, art and poetry for each week.

www.prometheanpress.com  Promethean Press aims to produce valuable aids to Waldorf Teachers in Music, Singing, Speech and Drama, Geometry, Child Development, Anthroposophy and other areas; books of verses and recorder music from Waldorf teacher John Miles.

www.starlitepuppets.blogspot.com  Starlite Puppets is dedicated to sharing the art of storytelling through puppetry and live music. They offer a few books of stories and songs and puppet-making kits.

www.junipertreepuppets.com  Juniper Tree Puppets is a resource for puppetry and storytelling arts, exploring the art and archetype, the magic and meaning, the wisdom and healing of story and ensouled puppetry. They offer puppet making kits, story resource books, and training.

www.waldorfcurriculum.com  Site includes free unit studies for kindergarten and the grades as well as tips on planning and an overview of the Waldorf curriculum.

www.waldorflibrary.org  So many incredible resources here. Under Journals, you can find back issues of a newsletter published from 1967-1988 written by and for Waldorf teachers; back issues of Gateways: A Newsletter of WECAN; Renewal magazine and so much more. Website has a search feature.

http://www.rudolfsteineraudio.com  MP3s and zip files of many books and lectures by Rudolf Steiner all for free to download or listen to on your computer.

www.rsarchive.org  Steiner’s lectures, books, and articles can be read here online as well as summaries of his books.

Associations

www.whywaldorfworks.org  “Everything You Need to Know About Waldorf Education” This is the new AWSNA site, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.

www.openwaldorf.com  New Waldorf Education super-site!

www.anthroposophy.org   The Rudolf Steiner Library, founded in 1928, is the lending and mail-order library of the Anthroposophical Society in America (click on Library on toolbar). Society members automatically receive library membership at no additional charge. Non-members can join the library for a $100 annual membership fee for the first year, and $50 per year thereafter. The library has over 25,000 volumes.

www.NCLIcoalition.org  The No Child Left Inside Coalition is a broad-based organization made up of more than 600 member groups from across the United States who believe young people should receive a strong education about their natural world. The Coalition’s focus is the passage of the federal No Child Left Inside Act which would authorize major new funding for states to provide high-quality, environmental instruction.

www.waldorfearlychildhood.org  Site of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. “Our mission is to protect and nurture the healthy development of the young child. We provide resources for early childhood educators and parents interested in Waldorf early childhood education.”

www.allianceforchildhood.org  The Alliance for Childhood works on issues related to preserving childhood, including supporting the importance of play and working against the commercialization of childhood and high stakes testing.

www.natureinstitute.org  The Nature Institute’s mission is “viewing nature, science and technology in context.” They offer education programs and publications founded on the Goethean approach to science and nature.

www.novainstitute.org  The Nova Institute seeks to bring fresh insights into parent and teacher education through a deeper understanding of children. The organization was founded by Jack Petrash, author of Teaching from the Inside Out.

My Favorite Books

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3 Favorite Books to Introduce Waldorf Education

  1. You Are Your Child’s First Teacher (Rahima Baldwin)
  2. Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out (Jack Petrash)
  3. Waldorf Education: A Family Guide (Pamela Johnson Fenner & Karen L. Rivers, ed.)

If you are new to Waldorf, check out my specific suggestion here: Just Starting with Waldorf Homeschooling?

4 Favorite Books for more in-depth Waldorf Curriculum

1. The Tasks and Content of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum (Martyn Rawson & Kevin Avison)
  2. Rhythms of Learning: Selected Lectures by Rudolf Steiner (Edited by Roberto Trostli)
   3. The Curriculum of the First Waldorf School (Caroline von Heydebrand)
  4. The Christopherus Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers (Donna Simmons)

3 Favorite Books/Articles on Overviews of Specific Grades
(Keep in mind that these all describe classroom settings.)

  1. Teaching As a Lively Art (Marjorie Spock)
  2. School As a Journey (Torin Finser)
  3. The Essentials of Waldorf Early Childhood Education (Elizabeth Grunelius)

Favorite Supplies for Homeschooling

1. Stockmar Watercolor Paint
2. Stockmar Crayons
3. Stockmar Modeling Beeswax
4. Lyra Colored Pencils

If you want to see more ideas for Waldorf supplies, check out additional suggestions here.

Waldorf Suppliers

Bookstore at Rudolf Steiner College (www.rscbookstore.com)
AWSNA Publications Catalog (www.waldorfpublications.org)
Paper, Scissors, Stone (www.waldorfsupplies.com)
Meadowsweet Naturals (www.meadowsweetnaturals.com)
Bob and Nancy’s Bookshop (www.waldorfbooks.com)

Crafts & Playthings

www.beardancecrafts.com
www.weirdollsandcrafts.com
www.achildsdream.com
www.bellalunatoys.com
www.palumba.com

Want help putting all of the resources together into a homeschooling plan? Check out my guidebook, Planning for Waldorf Homeschooling: Keeping It Simple or my group coaching program, Plan It Out, to help you create your own unique plan.

 

22 thoughts on “Resources for Waldorf Homeschooling

  1. Hello. My daughter 5, is needing to be enrolled this year in school. I live in California and plan to homeschool. I just don’t know where to start and how to execute this task. I even thought of Waldorf in Pasadena, but I live 40 minutes from there. Anyhow, can you give me a clue in baby steps? Do I need to contact the state? I need help, thank you.

    1. Hi Shannan, thanks so much for reaching out. My understanding of your question is that your daughter will be in school this year but you plan to homeschool next year and want to start gathering information about how to do that? Is that correct? The homeschooling laws and procedures are different in every state. And I would suggest you find a local homeschooling association or support group that can guide you. There are also places you can look up the laws in your state online; here’s one for CA: http://a2zhomeschooling.com/laws/united_states/california_home_school_laws/
      In regards to Waldorf-inspired homeschooling, I often suggest that newbies begin by reading either Rahima Baldwin’s You Are Your Child’s First Teacher and/or Jack Petrash’s Understanding Waldorf Education:Teaching From the Inside Out. Both books might also give you some ideas of activities you can do with your daughter as a way to bring some calm and connection to your lives while she is in school. Best of luck to you!

  2. I was curious about the Mollet Academy. There is no indication on the site as to where to purchase the Teaching Packs. Do you have any more info?

      1. 🙂 I meant on the mollet academy site. It tells you how much each sub unit is, but not how to actually go about purchasing it. 🙂

        1. There is some free material on his website. To purchase packets, I would suggest contacting David Mollet; his email address is listed at the bottom of the home page.

  3. Hi Jean – I was wondering if you have a list of resources for the high school years anywhere? What you used for biology, etc.? It would be interesting to see, and very helpful if you have it handy 🙂

    Many thanks –

    Penny

  4. I found your site while looking for some ideas on beginning botany lessons and how to present the connection of plant to stages of development. I am very interested in your book and also mentoring. I have 3 children, 2nd 5th, and 8th grade (shes special needs). We have the live education curriculums for those 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th grades. And this is our second year homeschooling. Previous to homeschooling my kids attended a waldorf charter school so I’m very familiar with the teaching style but sand the ideas behind the teaching methods. My problem is trying to teach all 3 of them. Is that something a mentoring sessions could help with? I love Bruce Bischof but somehow when I get off the phone with him I cant put into practice what he talked about. I think my expectations of myself are too high. I am also having a diffficult time trying to keep up with CA state standards. Since we are with a charter homeschool program I have to show work of all subjects every 30 days or so. This charter enables the kids to have some extra curricular activites such as dance and art. Now I’m rambling. We are leaving for Hawaii at the end of this week but I think I will be purchasing your book when we get back.
    Amber

  5. Hello!!! What a beautiful and amazing website. Thank you so very much!!
    I am wondering which of the mentioned curriculum you think is the best for Waldorf homeschoolers. My kids are still young but I want to start educating myself so I am ready when the time comes. Which is the easiest to follow and most like Waldorf. We are super nature loving outdoor people, so that’s a must as well.
    Thank you for your time and help!!!

    1. Hi Meagan,
      Such a great question! And it’s difficult to answer because of their differences and people’s personal tastes. I get this question a lot and I start my answer by saying that there is simply no such thing as “open & go.” We still need to do the work to make any curriculum our own. And the choice of which curriculum also depends on ages of children and how many we are homeschooling. I’ve also found that some curriculum is better for some years and other for others! I will say that personally, I have used both Christopherus and Live Education! at different times most successfully. It’s important to also remember that you’ll never use all of a given curriculum, only some percentage of it, so keep that in mind when you consider the outlay of funds. Hope this is helpful and all the best! Waldorf homeschooling really is a journey and one that is well worth the time and effort involved.

      1. Thanks so very much! My kids are 2 and 3, so very young now…but I am implementing all Waldorf philosophies already. I was wavering between Christopherus and Waldorf Essentials. Oak Meadow is too academic for me, for Kindergarten. I will check out Live Education too! What are your thoughts on Lavender Blue? I really want something that spells it out for me and then gives me independence from there, if that makes sense!! Thanks, love your site. Going to get your book too and will likely need mentoring!

        1. I’ve never used Lavender’s Blue personally becuase my children are much older and this one is fairly new on the scene. But I do have friends who’ve used it and like it. Have you read You Are Your Child’s First Teacher or Heaven on Earth? Those are great books you might want to start with if you haven’t read them yet. You can probably get them at your local public library as well!

          1. I do and I LOVE those books!!!! I actually haver been reading up on EARTHschooling and it seems very up our alley with bringing nature to the classroom, teaching herbology, etc….What are your thoughts on this curriculum? Thanks so very much!

          2. I also love A Child’s Seasonal Treasury for poems and seasonal activities. While I love the Earthschooling philosophy, the curriculum wasn’t a great fit for us. But curriculum choice is a very personal one. I never tried their early childhood program. I didn’t use curriculum at that age, just focused on developing a strong rhythm, lots of time playing outside, and stories and songs. I actually think money is better spent on great books for us to learn about Waldorf and for songs and activites like those mentioned when our children are young.

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