Welcome to the Waldorfish Families series! Every few weeks we will spotlight a family that is part of this community. You are such a diverse and global group - we’re pretty sure you’d be bff’s in real life! To get things started this week, we’ll begin with our own family (Brian & Robyn Wolfe).
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELves!
Brian and I met 7 years ago while teaching at the same Waldorf school. When we were married, he became step-dad to our two children, Iris and Mika. We are currently homeschooling both kids. At the moment this looks like using some of our Waldorfish programs, a few Waldorf-inspired blocks of our own creation, a couple of the classes offered by our school district’s Independent Studies program, and as many adventures as we can fit into our weeks!
HOW DOES YOUR FAMILY START THE DAY?
Slowly ;) We use warm beverages and breakfast (plus a couple of cats) to ease us into the day. We’ve definitely hit the stage where our kids would prefer to rise later vs. earlier. After breakfast, we move into music practice, math, and other school work. Most days we leave the house around noon-ish to head out for various lessons and classes.
GIVE US A SNAPSHOT OF ANY MANAGEMENT/ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGIES THAT ARE HELPING YOU FLOW THROUGH YOUR HOMESCHOOLING DAYS.
If something isn’t written into our calendar, the odds of it getting accomplished are pretty low. SO keeping a day planner open to the current week where everyone can see it, add to it, etc, is working pretty well for us at the moment. Also, as our children move further into teenhood, the dynamics of each child with Brian & I are changing. Currently we each take responsibility for teaching certain subjects based on those dynamics. This looks different than it did last year, and we’re open to the fact that it will probably look different again next year as our kids continue to evolve.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCES? (HOMESCHOOL OR OTHERWISE)
We have so many favorites! We’ve listed many of them in our Amazon shop, here.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
PLEASE SHARE SOME WORDS OF WISDOM YOU'VE GLEANED OVER THE YEARS.
There’s a solution for everything. It may not come in the form we expect, but if we open up our minds to the possibility that the solution does exist somewhere, it WILL show up. Time and time again, both with running Waldorfish as well as just in everyday life, we’ve seen this to be true. What’s also true though, is that if we convince ourselves there can’t possibly be a solution, then it can’t show up. The power of our THINKING is immense!
Tell us a bit about how Waldorfish courses are adding to your school year.
We’re using Waldorfish Geometry grades 6 & 7 this year, along with art lessons from A Festival Year and Weekly Art. Both kids find it hilarious to take art lessons from us via video ;) Go figure.
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