Taproot Teacher Training 2016

For Waldorf Homeschoolers


August 11-14, 2016

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Peninsula, Ohio

Taproot brings together Waldorf homeschoolers from all over the country. This summer, we will gather in Ohio's national park for hands-on workshops in the main lessons and lively arts that bring this method alive.

Together, we will sing, create, share stories, learn, hike, and play.

Registration for Taproot 2016 is now closed. See you next summer!

Here's What You Get When You Register:

  • Three days of workshops with presenters who are experienced in teaching and working with Waldorf homeschoolers.
  • All workshops, accommodations, meals and snacks for the entire weekend. Your registration is all-inclusive!
  • Summer reading material to help you prepare for Taproot, including two eBooks on Waldorf homeschooling (a $37 value) which will be sent upon registration: Planning for Waldorf-Inspired Homeschooling: Keeping It Simple by Jean, and Homeschooling with Waldorf: Getting Started by Barbara
  • Subscription to a special Taproot newsletter that will be emailed bi-weekly leading up to Taproot with tips on how to begin the planning process in small, do-able steps.
  • MP3 recordings of all the songs we sing at Taproot to take home.
  • All sorts of goodies including on-site giveaways, and coupons from Waldorf suppliers.
  • Hands-on training and support.

Please Join Us!

Come enjoy the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park while you learn with other Waldorf homeschoolers.  

The magic of Taproot is the warmth and community, support, great conversations and laughter that emerge during this three-day weekend. This training is designed for you as a homeschooling parent or teacher of a small group to help you apply Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy to your unique needs.

The registration fee includes all workshops, dormitory accommodations, meals and snacks for the entire weekend, Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. The CVEEC staff provides a delicious menu of meals using largely local and/or organic ingredients, and can accommodate most special dietary needs.

The White Pines facility is situated in a beautiful area surrounded by hiking trails, ponds and an outdoor fire circle. Amenities include the dormitory rooms, meeting spaces, and a dining area all in a temperature controlled facility on a restored historic farmstead.

Nursing babies are welcome with a participant caregiver who can step out if the child becomes disruptive. We are unable to provide childcare. Think of Taproot as a learning retreat for Mom!

    • Feel more at ease.
    • Feel more prepared.
    • Feel more inspired.

    Taproot Registration Fees

    Full Registration: $435 (early bird) or $465 (after 5/15) Includes all workshops, meals & accommodations

    Commuter Registration: $335 (early bird) or $365 (after 5/15) Includes all workshops, lunch & dinner each day

    Payment can be made via PayPal (balance or credit card) or check. To pay with PayPal, please click on the appropriate button below. To pay via check, please send an email to jean(at)waldorfinspiredlearning(dot)com.

    Registration for Taproot 2016 is now closed. See you next year!

    Our Location

    The beautiful Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center where we gather.

    The dormitory rooms for our weekend sleepover.

    Our dining room.

    What Past Participants Say...

    "I can't thank you enough! Taproot was amazing for me. I left feeling like my cup was full again. I can't wait to come back next year!"

    "Thank you so much for putting your heart and soul into this training. I left feeling so inspired and capable."

    Schedule

     

    Day/Time Thurs 8/11 Fri 8/12   Sat 8/13 Sun 8/14
    7:00 am   Wake Up Wake Up Wake Up
    7:30 am   Morning Walk or Yoga Morning Walk or Yoga Morning Walk or Yoga
    8:00 am   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
    9:00-9:45   Morning Song Morning Song Morning Song
    10:00-11:30   Morning Session* Morning Session* Morning Session
    Noon-1:00   Lunch Lunch Lunch
    1:30-3:00   Afternoon Session* Afternoon Session* Departure
    3:00-3:30  Arrival & Snack Snack Snack  
    3:30-5:00 " Late Afternoon Session* Late Afternoon Session*  
    6:00-7:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner  
    7:30-9:00 Evening Program Evening Program Evening Program  

    *For these sessions, please choose from among the options listed below.

    Thursday Evening Program (7:30 - 9:00 pm)

    Welcome
    Puppet Show
    Keynote: "Creating and Holding the Space for Waldorf Family Homeschooling"

    Friday Morning Options (10:00 - 11:30 am)

    Main Lessons for Grades 1 & 2 (Barbara)
    In this workshop, we will experience the magic of grades one and two including fairy tales, fables and math stories. We will cover reading, math presentation, and how to make a main lesson book, along with the rhythm of the morning. You are welcome to come either day, but to get the full experience of the two-day rhythm and all topics, you should plan to come both Friday and Saturday mornings.

    Main Lessons for Grades 5-8 (Jean & Alison) 
    In this workshop, we will work on developing the skills to bring these lessons to your child(ren) at home. Alison and Jean will demonstrate a lesson, and then we will plan and create the rest of the block together. We will share the experience and rhythm of a main lesson from warm-up, to story, to lively arts, to summary, to closure. After an overview of the main lesson topics for these grades, we will spend the majority of our time experiencing a two-day rhythm of one or two main lesson topics such as ancient history, botany, or geology. You are welcome to come either day, but to get the full experience of the two-day rhythm and all topics, you should plan to come both Friday and Saturday mornings.

    Developing Your Own Inner Work Practice (Sheila)
    Cultivating an inner work practice allows us to get quiet and listen to the soft voice of our soul, helping us to remember who we are and why we do what we do. In this workshop, we will create an intuitive collage or visual altar by combining words and images that will let us begin to explore the idea of inner work: what it is, what it can look like and how we can integrate it into our daily lives. The supplies are very simple – magazines and glue sticks. There is no way to get this wrong!

    Painting & Drawing (Royse)
    Learn how to work with watercolor and to find form in wet-on-wet painting. We will also explore how to work with complementary colors in both painting and drawing. This session will offer an overview of painting and drawing through the curriculum, and participants will create pictures from a few different grades' main lessons.

    Waldorf-Inspired Recorder for All Ages (Jodie)
    Learn how to play the recorder and teach your child using pentatonic songs, singing, rhythm, games and improvisation. Jodie's approach is refreshing and different from the academic way most of us learned music. You will learn specialized techniques for recorder that will give you the confidence to teach your child. This class is for all, even those with little or no musical education. Bring a recorder if you have one; we will also have some to loan out.

    Friday Early Afternoon Options (1:30 - 3:00 pm)

    Main Lessons for Grades 3 & 4 (Jean & Alison)
    In this workshop, we will experience a day in a Waldorf homeschool with a third and/or fourth grade child and the two-day rhythm of a main lesson. Lesson topics will include those from both grades: shelter, animals, farming, local geography, math, Old Testament stories and Norse myths. Together, we will create the main lesson time including warm-up, lesson content, the lively arts, summarizing and writing. We will share ideas and practice the lesson activities as a group so that you can carry this back home. You are welcome to come either day, but to get the full experience of the two-day rhythm and all topics, you should plan to come both Friday and Saturday afternoons.

    Developing Your Own Inner Work Practice (Sheila)
    Cultivating an inner work practice allows us to get quiet and listen to the soft voice of our soul, helping us to remember who we are and why we do what we do. In this workshop, we will create an intuitive collage or visual altar by combining words and images that will let us begin to explore the idea of inner work: what it is, what it can look like and how we can integrate it into our daily lives. The supplies are very simple – magazines and glue sticks. There is no way to get this wrong!

    Painting & Drawing (Royse)
    Learn how to work with watercolor and to find form in wet-on-wet painting. We will also explore how to work with complementary colors in both painting and drawing. This session will offer an overview of painting and drawing through the curriculum, and participants will create pictures from a few different grades' main lessons.

    Handwork: Wet Felting (Alisha)
    Wet felting is a centuries old craft used to make everything from tents to clothing. In our session, we will combine wool and water to make a finger puppet or two! Wet felting is an activity for all ages. Let's have some fun creating a finger puppet for you to use in lessons, circle time, or anytime.

    Kindergarten (Barbara)
    In this workshop, Barbara will provide an overview of the philosophy behind early childhood in Waldorf education, with a tour of the toys and simply made playthings for young children. We will also explore how to arrange your home and create a rhythm that more fully engages the kindergarten child within the family.

    Friday Late Afternoon Options (3:30 - 5:00 pm)

    Nature Study (Jean)
    In this workshop, we will put together simple nature journals and head out on a nature walk to explore the trails. We will stop to sketch and observe some of the flora and fauna we encounter along the way. We will also discuss where these nature topics appear in the Waldorf curriculum and peruse some great resources. Nature study is a wonderful mixed-ages learning activity and one that fosters reverence and wonder in our children and ourselves.

    Simple Pentatonic Songs for Recorder (Jodie)
    The pleasure and ease of pentatonic songs (with just five notes) are the pathway and foundation to learning music in a holistic way. Learn what they are, and the value and importance of them. Take home several pentatonic and festival songs and add them to your family celebrations. You will learn to sing and play them using recorder. This workshop is for all, even those with little or no musical education. Bring a recorder, if you have one; we will also have some to loan out.  

    Child Development According to Steiner (Royse)
    Royse will present the different stages of development of the child as Rudolf Steiner gave them, and then will discuss how the Waldorf curriculum meets these changes in each child, starting with the preschool-kindergarten program all the way to the eighth grade and beyond.  Bring your questions! 

    Handwork: Knitting (Alisha)
    Beginning in first grade, the Waldorf handwork curriculum introduces knitting to the awakening child. Knitting is revisited in third and fifth grades with more challenging projects that build on the first grade experiences. In our Taproot session, the beginning knitter will learn the basics of knitting (the slipknot, casting on, knit stitch, and casting off) and make a small project; and knitters who have the basics down will begin to make a knitted hat. 

    Conversations with Alison (Alison)
    During late afternoon tea time each day, Alison will be available to facilitate a discussion focused on taking the ideas and information you have been gathering during the morning and afternoon sessions and applying it to YOUR family's homeschool. Join us as we brainstorm and share ideas and plans that will make your unique, one-of-a-kind homeschool blossom in the coming year. Some topics include: learning challenges, balancing everyone's needs, creating a multi-age, family-centered approach, and fostering community and social connections.

    Friday Evening Program (7:30 - 9:00 pm)

    Twilight Hike Exploring Cuyahoga Valley
    Campfire

    Saturday Morning Options (10:00 - 11:30 am)

    Main Lessons for Grades 1 & 2 (Barbara)
    In this workshop, we will experience the magic of grades one and two including fairy tales, fables and math stories. We will cover reading, math presentation, and how to make a main lesson book, along with the rhythm of the morning. You are welcome to come either day, but to get the full experience of the two-day rhythm and all topics, you should plan to come both Friday and Saturday mornings.

    Main Lessons for Grades 5-8 (Jean & Alison) 
    In this workshop, we will work on developing the skills to bring these lessons to your child(ren) at home. Alison and Jean will demonstrate a lesson, and then we will plan and create the rest of the block together. We will share the experience and rhythm of a main lesson from warm-up, to story, to lively arts, to summary, to closure. After an overview of the main lesson topics for these grades, we will spend the majority of our time experiencing a two-day rhythm of one or two main lesson topics such as ancient history, botany, or geology. You are welcome to come either day, but to get the full experience of the two-day rhythm and all topics, you should plan to come both Friday and Saturday mornings.

    Painting & Drawing (Royse)
    Learn how to work with watercolor and to find form in wet-on-wet painting. We will also explore how to work with complementary colors in both painting and drawing. This session will offer an overview of painting and drawing through the curriculum, and participants will create pictures from a few different grades' main lessons.

    Handwork: Wet Felting (Alisha)
    Wet felting is a centuries old craft used to make everything from tents to clothing. In our session, we will combine wool and water to make a finger puppet or two! Wet felting is an activity for all ages. Let's have some fun creating a finger puppet for you to use in lessons, circle time, or anytime.

    Waldorf-Inspired Recorder for All Ages (Jodie)
    Learn how to play the recorder and teach your child using pentatonic songs, singing, rhythm, games and improvisation. Jodie's approach is refreshing and different from the academic way most of us learned music. You will learn specialized techniques for recorder that will give you the confidence to teach your child. This class is for all, even those with little or no musical education. Bring a recorder if you have one; we will also have some to loan out.

    Saturday Early Afternoon Options (1:30 - 3:00 pm)

    Main Lessons for Grades 3 & 4 (Jean & Alison)
    In this workshop, we will experience a day in a Waldorf homeschool with a third and/or fourth grade child and the two-day rhythm of a main lesson. Lesson topics will include those from both grades: shelter, animals, farming, local geography, math, Old Testament stories and Norse myths. Together, we will create the main lesson time including warm-up, lesson content, the lively arts, summarizing and writing. We will share ideas and practice the lesson activities as a group so that you can carry this back home. You are welcome to come either day, but to get the full experience of the two-day rhythm and all topics, you should plan to come both Friday and Saturday afternoons.

    Handwork: Knitting (Alisha)
    Beginning in first grade, the Waldorf handwork curriculum introduces knitting to the awakening child. Knitting is revisited in third and fifth grades with more challenging projects that build on the first grade experiences. In our Taproot session, the beginning knitter will learn the basics of knitting (the slipknot, casting on, knit stitch, and casting off) and make a small project; and knitters who have the basics down will begin to make a knitted hat. 

    Math Movement Games (Barbara)
    We will learn and practice the Waldorf math movement games which help the children memorize basic math facts in a fun and exciting way, by marching, passing bean bags, skipping, jumping rope, and playing with rhythm sticks. Get ready to MOVE!

    Child Development According to Steiner (Royse)
    Royse will present the different stages of development of the child as Rudolf Steiner gave them, and then will discuss how the Waldorf curriculum meets these changes in each child, starting with the preschool-kindergarten program all the way to the eighth grade and beyond.  Bring your questions!

    Simple Pentatonic Songs for Recorder (Jodie)
    The pleasure and ease of pentatonic songs (with just five notes) are the pathway and foundation to learning music in a holistic way. Learn what they are, and the value and importance of them. Take home several pentatonic and festival songs and add them to your family celebrations. You will learn to sing and play them using recorder. This workshop is for all, even those with little or no musical education. Bring a recorder, if you have one; we will also have some to loan out.  

    Saturday Late Afternoon Options (3:30 - 5:00 pm)

    Creating a Puppet Play (Jean)
    In this workshop, we will explore one way of creating a puppet show from a fairy tale. (Remember, drama is one of the lively arts!) We will explore how to write a script, and then we will create a puppet theater and make simple rod puppets. This process is a great mixed-ages activity. We will perform the play for everyone on Saturday evening! 

    Simple Pentatonic Songs for Recorder (Jodie)
    The pleasure and ease of pentatonic songs are the pathway and foundation to learning music in a holistic way. Learn what they are, and the value and importance of them. Take these songs home to your family as you learn to sing and play them using the recorder. This class is for all, even those with little or no musical education. Bring a recorder if you have one; we will also have some to loan out.

    Painting & Drawing (Royse)
    Learn how to work with watercolor and to find form in wet-on-wet painting. We will also explore how to work with complementary colors in both painting and drawing. This session will offer an overview of painting and drawing through the curriculum, and participants will create pictures from a few different grades' main lessons.

    Math Movement Games (Barbara) 
    We will learn and practice the Waldorf math movement games which help the children memorize basic math facts in a fun and exciting way, by marching, passing bean bags, skipping, jumping rope, and playing with rhythm sticks. Get ready to MOVE!

    Conversations with Alison (Alison)
    During late afternoon tea time each day, Alison will be available to facilitate a discussion focused on taking the ideas and information you have been gathering during the morning and afternoon sessions and applying them to YOUR family's homeschool. Join us as we brainstorm and share ideas and plans that will make your unique, one-of-a-kind homeschool blossom in the coming year. Some topics include: learning challenges, balancing everyone's needs, creating a multi-age, family-centered approach, and fostering community and social connections.

    Saturday Evening Program (7:30 - 9:00 pm)

    Waldorf Live! Sharing What We've Learned

    Sunday Morning Program (10:00 - 11:30 am)

    Putting It All Together: Hands-On Planning & Artistic Visioning

    Presenters

    Barbara Dewey

    Sheila Petruccelli

    Jean Miller

    Alisha Trammell

    Royse Crall

    Jodie Mesler

    Alison Manzer

    Barbara, of Waldorf Without Walls, consults with homeschooling families throughout the world,  writes publications, provides training workshops, and spends her spare time enjoying her unique solar home, and developing her farmland. Barbara, a Master Gardener, and her husband Quimby, a Forest Entomologist, lead workshops and field days on the environment and backyard food production. She is the mother of four and grandmother to six. 

    Barbara holds an M.S. in Waldorf education from the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College in Spring Valley, NY. She's been teaching in various settings since 1960.

    Jean is the mother of three and has been on the Waldorf homeschooling journey for over 20 years. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching and has taught in public and private schools, homeschooled her own children and led small groups. Jean has studied and practiced Waldorf methods since 1992 by attending numerous local and national conferences and trainings, read extensively, planned and implemented many lessons. In addition to mentoring homeschoolers and writing at Waldorf-Inspired Learning, Jean teaches high school English and history to groups of homeschooled teens. She lives in northeastern Ohio with her husband and their youngest child, where she loves to sing, garden, cook, and go bird watching.

    Royse has taken two classes through Spring Garden Waldorf School (grades one through eight); she is just completing grade eight for the second time around! Royse began incorporating Waldorf lessons in painting, knitting and history into her fourth grade public school classroom in 1995. She then taught Waldorf main lesson blocks to homeschooled children in kindergarten through grade 5 from 1997-1999. She received her Waldorf training from the Great Lakes Regional Training Center (2000-2002) and has attended numerous Waldorf grades trainings and conferences from 1993 to today. Royse has taught at Taproot since its beginnings in 2007. She has three grown children of her own and loves knitting, Eurythmy and drama, and working on her art.

    Alison resides in Austin, Texas. This will be her fourth year serving as a presenter at Taproot, but before that, she attended for many years as a parent. Alison has a degree in history from the University of Chicago. Upon graduation, she spent an additional year at Chicago studying the great books in the Basic Program. Alison and her husband, Rob, have homeschooled their three grown sons with Waldorf-inspired methods, and she credits this journey with allowing her to discover and develop her passion for teaching history through stories and the lively arts. Over the  years, she has led academic clubs and taught classes on a variety of topics ranging from Ancient History to World War II. Most recently, Alison and Jean have had a wonderful time collaborating on a virtual book club for teens based on Lois Lowry's Giver Quartet.

    Sheila has always homeschooled her two boys, incorporating Waldorf-inspired methods for the past 5 years. Her secret to success and sanity come down to three things: a strong inner work practice, a dedicated afternoon storytime, and an unlimited supply of coffee and chocolate. All of which she learned by attending Taproot Teaching Training for 4 years in a row. Sheila is currently completing her certification in Spiritual Direction: a deep listening practice that she combines with a variety of creative techniques to help others (but really, mostly herself!) to slow down, get quiet and listen to the soft voice of the soul. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina and blogs at Sure As the World.

    Alisha is the mother of four and was a Waldorf-inspired homeschooler for over ten years. She has a profound appreciation of the Waldorf curriculum and how it speaks to the development of the child. She also understands the beauty and challenges of teaching from home. Alisha is currently enrolled in the Applied Arts program at Sunbridge Institute and teaches handwork at Urban Oak School in Cleveland Heights. She is eager to share her love of handwork with you.

    Jodie is the author of Living Music From the Heart: Music Curriculum lesson books and video tutorials. She is a Waldorf-centered teacher and musician. Jodie is the songwriter of five supplementary songbooks with mp3s for recorder, voice and guitar. Her songs are in The Afterschool Enrichment books for Little Acorn Learning. She has been a conference speaker for Waldorf Essentials, The Waldorf Connection and The Parenting Passageway. Many times, Jodie has brought everyone together through music at Waldorf homeschooling festivals in Atlanta. It is her passion to inspire parents to bring their families together to make music during special festivals, holidays and seasons.

    Taproot Registration Fees

    Full Registration: $435 (early bird) or $465 (after 5/15)
    Includes all workshops, meals & accommodations

    Commuter Registration: $335 (early bird) or $365 (after 5/15) Includes all workshops, lunch & dinner each day

    Payment can be made via PayPal or check. To pay with PayPal, please click on the appropriate button below. To pay via check, please send an email to jean(at)waldorfinspiredlearning(dot)com.

    Registration for Taproot 2016 is now closed. See you next year! 

    What to Expect After You Register

    • Once you register, you will be sent an email confirmation of your purchase via PayPal right away.
    • Soon after, you will receive an email with a link to download the Welcome Letter. If you pay by check, your letter will be emailed to you after your check has been received.
    • Please be sure to download and read your letter right away because it is full of IMPORTANT DETAILS!
    • Inside the letter, you will find the link to the survey for you to select your workshop choices to complete your registration.
    • In addition, you will find links to your two eBooks.
    • In early June, you will receive an invitation to our private Facebook group where you can meet alums from past Taproot trainings and coordinate rides and travel plans with this year's attendees.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Can I bring my family and children with me to the weekend?

    A: Unfortunately, we do not have a children’s program or childcare. Think of Taproot as a retreat for Mom (or the primary homeschooling parent)! Nursing babies are welcome with a registered participant familiar with the child who can step out if the baby becomes disruptive. With a very active or vocal baby, or with a nursing toddler, it is best to come with a companion (think Grandma or Dad) and register both of you so that your child also gets the attention he or she needs. If you wish to travel to Ohio with your family, please look into other accommodations nearby and then register at the commuter rate as we do not have sleeping accommodations for families or children. Another possible scenario is for the family to stay elsewhere together, register Mama at the commuter rate and register Papa (or Grandma) for Meals Only and have them join us for meals (a good time for nursing the baby!)

    Q: Can I pay by check rather than PayPal or credit card?

    A: Yes! You can pay by check. Just email jean(at)waldorfinspiredlearning(dot)com and she will respond with the address for sending the check. Then the registration materials will be sent to you via email.

    Q. What is the cancellation policy?

    A. If you need to cancel your registration, your registration fee will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee up until August 1st. After August 1st, 50% of the registration fee is refundable. 

     Q: What do I need to know if I’m arranging a plane flight to attend Taproot?

    A: You have two choices of airports. Both Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) are good choices, and both are 30-35 minutes from CVEEC. To get from the airport to CVEEC, we suggest you rent a car or share a ride with other Mamas who will be coming. You could share the cost of a rental car or arrange for a driver. We suggest posting in the Facebook group your desire to share a ride from the airport along with your arrival and departure times.

    Q: Do attendees ever share rides to Taproot?

    A: Yes! We have had participants meet new friends this way! If you would like to try coordinating rides with others from your area, please post in the private Facebook group.

    Q: Are there camping facilities at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center?

    A: There are not any camping facilities on site, but there is primitive camping in the national park (CVNP). The primitive camping is about 15 minutes away on the Stanford House property. There are only 5 sites, so consider checking on this early if you are interested. Here is the website to check out the CVNP campsites. http://www.conservancyforcvnp.org/space-rental/lodging/camp-sites