Many parents come to find Waldorf when they're seeking something "alternative" to public education. They know they don't want public school since, lets be honest, its gone down the shitter since the eighties (if not earlier than that). You think Montessori seems too rigid, structured, fear based, or even, dare I say it- COLD!
You describe yourself as spiritual, not religious, you tend to choose a homeopathic remedy over pills, and you were playing outside in the dirt with your child while the other moms were pushing their babies in strollers through the mall.
But, what is Waldorf? How do I do it right? What do I need to buy to be Waldorf? You're not alone! (by the way, nothing you buy makes you "Waldorf", its who you are)
In a nutshell, Waldorf is a 100 yr old philosophy of education and human development based on the work of Austrian scientist, Rudolf Steiner. Its founded on the belief that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and that each child has a unique gift to give to the world and is capable of multiple intelligences. Art is integrated throughout the curriculum and beautiful, natural materials are used for play, creativity, and the classroom environment. The goal is the merging of the hand, heart, and head, also known as thinking, willing, doing. We have twelve senses (not 5) and they're not merely physical senses, but also include perception, intuition, and feeling senses that can't be explained tangibly.
EVERY new Waldorf parent does the same thing when embarking on their journey, they go to Facebook and ask other Waldorf moms, "How do I learn more?"
Here are helpful resources for you:
Podcast: Waldorfy, Whole Heart: Crunchy Parenting, Waldorfish
Read Heaven on Earth, You are Your Childs First Teacher, Simplicity Parenting, The Hurried Child, and Knowledge of Higher Worlds or Seven Times the Sun, Beyond the Rainbow Bridge
(NOTE: Reading Steiner's lectures are a kick-in-the-dick and can be a bit discouraging if you start there, but don't avoid it forever. Try when you're ready)
Toys and Materials: Bella Luna Toys, Palumba, Nova Natural, Honeybee Toys, Sarahs Silks, Grimms, Etsy
There's no such thing as half-ass Waldorf. You cant do a little "montessori and Waldorf" because they're polar opposite. You can't truly see, and experience, the benefits without fully immersing yourself into the wonderful world of Waldorf.
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