Homeschooling

Interesting and informative blogs and homeschool sites:

The Waldorf Connection

A Little Garden Flower

HOMESCHOOLING IN THE ROSE GARDEN

This is a record of adventures homeschooling in my little urban homestead with my three children; Alex (’96), Cyan (’01) and Baby Logan (’07).

Art Studies from the Rose Garden

Early Ed from the Rose Garden

SIMPLE HOMESCHOOL

Ignite the Fire Within, a homeschool blog by Terri Camp

Homeschool curriculum resources & methods:

Methods/Curriculum Styles:  Educational Philosophies, Part I and Part II by Jamie Martin

Christopherus Homeschool Resources: Waldorf-inspired Homeschooling

Oak Meadow Curriculum & School

Lawrence and Bonnie Williams started Oak Meadow in 1975 when their own four children were young. With a dedicated group of parents and teachers, they opened a day school based upon a simple philosophy: Children are sensitive and intelligent, and learning should be enjoyable. For years everyone learned together, and the children developed creatively and intellectually.

After three years, the property Oak Meadow was leasing was sold to a developer, and the school community suddenly found itself without a building for the school. Lawrence and Bonnie began homeschooling their own children and developed homeschooling courses for parents and children based upon the same philosophy that had worked successfully in the day school.

Their homeschooling approach was simple and natural, yet it proved to be very effective: give children a safe, nurturing environment; provide creative activities for head, hands, and heart; offer each student respect and time to unfold naturally. Parents followed this approach and found that it worked, and they told other parents.

Oak Meadow Preschool Curriculum Resources

Preschool Package:  An artistic and imaginative course that introduces you to the dynamic principles of learning, and then shows you how to apply these principles in a variety of learning experiences with your child.

Preschool Curriculum Overview Sample Lesson

At Oak Meadow, we offer a unique curriculum that is substantively different from other educational models. The student’s awakening powers of thought are encouraged with a sequence of skills and carefully chosen material which reflects the child’s developmental stages and unfolding sense of self. We seek to foster a healthy balance between the realms of intellectual development, emotional engagement, and solid academic accomplishment. Our goal is to help children become intelligent, capable human beings who are able to respond sensitively and deeply to the world, and able to find meaning and relevance in their contributions to society.

Lessons in the early grades are crafted with a sense of beauty and reverence as the child’s own sense of wonder leads to the foundations of essential literary and mathematical skills. As the student grows into the middle school years, our imaginative, engaging approach develops strong academic abilities, practical problem-solving skills and an ability to consider an issue or problem from many perspectives. Each year’s curriculum is structured in 36 weekly lessons, and the sample lessons in this overview are representative examples of a full year’s curriculum across all subject areas.

Waldorf Curriculum by Rhoda McGrane; online Waldorf homeschooling curriculum resources, blog, Yahoo group; consultation services available.

Waldorf Without Walls – Waldorf Homeschooling Curriculum Planning and Support by Barbara Dewey.

Barbara Dewey is a private consultant for homeschoolers using the Waldorf Method. In addition, she publishes a quarterly newsletter, writes publications, provides lecture tours, and spends her spare time with family and friends, enjoying her unique solar home, and developing her farmland. She is the mother of four and grandmother to six.

Barbara holds an M.S. in Waldorf Education from the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College in Spring Valley, N.Y. and a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Rochester. She has been teaching for 46 years. She has taught public school, led a large 4-H club, owned and operated a preschool, and been involved with and directed a childrens camp and its youth wilderness programs.

Natural Childhood

Learning Math Through Play – article by Jamie Martin on tools you can use in your homeschool that inspire math study.

Great articles to reference:

Waldorf Homeschooling: Learning to Let Go,” written by Sarah Baldwin of Bella Luna Toys and Moon Child

Learning Through A Co-op,” written by Amida Lee of Journey Into Unschooling.

Socialization: The “S” Word,” written by Helena Fox Dunan of Loving to Learn.

3 Lessons Learned for the Beginner Homeschooler,” “How to Build Your Family’s Homeschool,” “Deciding What to Teach Your Kids,” “Should I Homeschool Or Not?” written by Renee Tougas of FIMBY, Fun In My Back Yard, and ADVENTUREinPROGRESS.

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