We love the enthusiasm that comes with new endeavors, planning for a new school year especially. Since childhood I've had a special place in my heart for school supplies. Anyone else out there that used to play "school" constantly?
High 5's and chest bumps!
As a class teacher, and now home-educator, the dialog as I'm planning for a new year (at least in my head) goes something like “Ok! Here we go! Let’s DO this!”. I like to picture a few high fives, and maybe some chest bumps too, although I’m not certain how Waldorfy those actually are. In any case, at some point in the planning process you, like me, are probably reminded that …. there are a lot of decisions to make.
Curriculum! Toys! Local classes! Art Supplies! Hurray! So many great options available online these days.
So. Many. Options. Oh boy.
Why did I buy this?
No doubt at one point or another, you have found yourself pondering just HOW one is supposed to weed through all the available information out there? Maybe you spent just a little more time than you meant to looking at all the gorgeous toys for sale online? Maybe you've spent just a little more money than you meant to? Or maybe a lot? Does anyone else still have a few things collecting dust from the early homeschooling days that were purchased in a flurry of enthusiasm, but then never actually got used? In my case, a spectacularly expensive, gorgeously handmade wooden puzzle comes to mind.
See? It’s ok. You’re not the only one.
Take your time. Bring good chocolate.
You are probably already somewhat familiar with Rudolf Steiner. No doubt you are aware that he had a lot to say about Waldorf education. Like, A LOT, a lot. It seems to me that no matter where you are in this journey, there is plenty of time to work your way through his lectures, slowly and thoughtfully. My advice would be to keep good chocolate nearby, and pace yourself.
Remember, this is a journey :) Take time to savor even (especially) the tiny moments!
Robyn (& Brian) Wolfe.
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