Crafting the rhythm of our children's days and school year can start to feel daunting when we consider all the various options available to our families.
Several years ago it became urgently important that we find a way to distill our planning process down to focusing on the things we considered MOST important. We want to share with you the 4 guiding questions that were the result of our reflections. Brian and I ask ourselves these questions when making decisions for our children, in regards to schooling and at home.
Whether you are new to Waldorf(ish) education, planning your next homeschool curriculum, or looking to make a course correction when you feel like you may have wandered off track, these gems can serve as guideposts. They come out of our successes as well as our failures.
Simple. Useable. Right now.
The 4 questions:
(I encourage you to take your time reading these. Really savor Each. Word. Perhaps keep a piece of paper nearby to write down your immediate responses & thoughts.)
1. Does this (activity, toy or program, etc.) encourage creative thinking? Thinking that is permeated with imagination, flexibility, and focus?
2. Does this experience help foster my child’s emotional intelligence? Is it helping my child develop empathy, and building their self esteem?
3. Is this (activity, toy or program, etc.) promoting my child’s physical vitality, stamina and perseverance?
4. Is this (activity, toy or program) helping to nurture a spiritual depth within my child? One born out of an appreciation and responsibility for the earth, their work and for their fellow human beings?
This piece, written by longtime class teacher, Steven Sagarin, is such a perfect compliment to this process of reflection:
Read his article in chunks, accompanied by good chocolate. Give yourself time to go about your day and let each section sink in before reading the next.
**Essentially, we believe that a Waldorf education can take a variety of forms and still be PERFECT.**
We'd love to hear your thoughts!