I call this pt. 1 because I have a feeling I shall be talking about it quite frequently. lol
I'm doing this right now, discovering Waldorf. Mostly by reading every single book the library has in the system and reading as many blogs as google has to offer. I've read books on Waldorf education for a few years now and whenever I find myself contemplating my children's' lives I find myself going along about things in a more "natural" way. Nature walks, reading books, open ended toys... I attempt to hand make the kids' toys and or gifts and if I am purchasing things for them I try my best for it to be an open ended toy that they can fill with their imagination. Capes, blocks, crowns, baby dolls and cradles. Books. I can't tell you how many books we read or even how many we own. As I said, I try my best but I should also mention that (lol) I don't always succeed!
The more I discover through reading on the subject the more I like and the more I think a lot of it makes sense. I've always gone about my parenting ways by the seat of my pants because I don't like to buy into a lot of parenting "notions" and this will certainly be the same... I'll shape it into working for our life.
What does a parent want more than for their children to become strong, intelligent and confident people? I feel like the Waldorf method also reminds me to teach them inner peace and really it teaches me inner peace too.
I've hemmed and hawed on the subject quite a bit but I think ultimately we're heading in that direction... I do not at all know "all about it" or anything, but I've enjoyed reading about it more than I've ever enjoyed learning about anything else so I feel like that's a sign. Also I get goose bumps of excitement when I think about how the kids would react to something or how much they would enjoy having more things to celebrate.
This year I think the kids would really enjoy having a nature shelf. I think we'll start it in the new year and put things on our shelf from the season we're in that inspire us and will get us through the rest of the winter. I hope it'll remind us of the beauty of nature even when it's dark and dull. After awhile we'll trade things around, add things we discover on walks or add little things we've crafted.
I've already began crafting 5 little birds to add this spring.
I hope these things will be a reminder to me also to open the curtains more and let the sunshine in. I hope to remember that less is more (my motto in life) and that less television increases independent play time. Ultimately I hope I remember to appreciate the every day beauty of nature and to take time to be peaceful.
I get so excited thinking of all that we'll discover as we start participating more in the seasons and going with a more natural flow.
If anyone has any links or resources that they've enjoyed please share them with me!