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Mission Statement
updated February 24, 2016

I believe more than anything that every little new being on this planet deserves the most wonderful childhood a parent can possibly offer. Those early years are the most important investment we, as parents, can make in our children's future health, happiness, and success.

My lesson planning and curriculum materials are all available for free because I really feel that Waldorf/Steiner is an extraordinary method, and learning about Waldorf curriculum should be free. No parent should struggle with the terrible frustration of feeling that their financial situation is preventing them from giving their children everything they want to.

Simply put, these are the most important years in your child's life. And your child deserves the best. There should be no obstacles to that.

I personally may not be able to change the world. But I want to feel that I have done my part to make homeschool materials affordable, to help children everywhere.

This website is a reflection of that desire and I hope it enriches your life, and that of your children, as much as it has mine.

Sincerely,
Rhoda "Renee" Schwartz


If you wish to voluntarily show your appreciation, and stay within your family's budget,
my Wish List is on Amazon.

I do occasionally receive -- and much appreciate -- gifts of items we need for homeschooling.



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FREE Waldorf Curriculum Materials

Here are gathered all the curriculum materials you need to truly understand and teach Waldorf - and they're available for free!

It will never be completely free to homeschool your child, of course, with the costs of music, art, and handwork materials and the need for basic school supplies such as paper, but you can certainly do a successful job even on a very tight budget.


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That's It! You're Done!
(And if you don't believe me, I'm guessing it's because you skipped reading the article by Steiner and only skimmed the index of the 50 back issues of the Newsletter. READ THEM.)


The Waldorf Curriculum
The Waldorf Method FAQs and Curriculum Overview, Including Main Lesson Block Rotations & Descriptions are on our website. Plenty of links! Please contact me if a link is broken.

Please enjoy your visit to this website and my curriculum notes, but please always remember that these are my personal notes and that this is not the Official Waldorf Way because there is no Official Waldorf Way. The curriculum at all times is in response to the individual child and there IS NO PRESCRIPTION.

In fact, Sieglinde de Francesca writes in the back of her book Teaching with the Fables the following very good advice for all elementary and middle school ages:


"You will find, no matter what subject you are teaching, that there are basic elements to creating a truly holistic lesson plan for the whole child. These include:

  • Teaching to the head, heart, and hand
  • Creating an organic rhythm in the lesson
  • Conveying a sense of reverence for the material
  • Including some form of ritual in the lesson
  • Reviewing work from the previous lesson
  • Introducing at least one new thing with each lesson
  • Rendering the material in an artistic medium
Discover ways to apply these elements to the lessons you teach and you will see how alive they become, making teaching and learning a joy. Do be creative and above all, have fun!"


Teaching with the Fables: A Holistic Approach
Teaching with the Fables as: Extended Tale, Poem, Illustration, Play, Puppet Show & Natural Science Lesson


Organizing Your Homeschool Year

Barbara Dewey of Waldorf Without Walls wrote a wonderful article on preparing for the school year - click here to download. You can visit her website for more Articles for Waldorf Homeschoolers and to sign up to receive the newsletter.

Waldorf Without Walls


Melisa Neilson of A Little Garden Flower (now Waldorf Essentials) did a wonderful YouTube video that shows how she plans her blocks for the year.


Browse through my collection of Pinterest Boards with samples of chalkboard drawings and main lesson book pages for many blocks

Pinterest is a great free resource to help you organize your teaching ideas, especially since Waldorf is so visual... but I also STRONGLY encourage people to keep a blog (these are free at sites such as blogger).

You can make your blog private so it is only searchable by you, you can share it with just a few people, or you can have it open to the public. This is THE BEST way to save teaching ideas and resources; simply tag them with key words or grade level, then use the Search feature later on. Forget tiny scraps of paper or binders... you'll just forget where you wrote it down! Plus the links are live, which is incredibly helpful. I use my blog daily to help me remember what we are doing now, favorite books, recipes and crafts, and my notes of things to do in the future, as I have multiple kids of widely varying ages. I can save a preschool idea NOW... for my 6 month old to do four years from now!



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