Where my journey began with Waldorf Education
September 20, 2012 8:18am CST
The first time I heard about the term "Waldorf Education" was some time in year 2011. I was reading a blog post of my friend, she was sharing some photos about an activity held in the house. Someone left a comment and asked if she is using Waldorf methods. I was curious, how did these people know it's Waldorf education by just looking at the photo? And now I understand why. Not long later, my husband recommended me to attend a seminar and a doll making workshop. Before attending the seminar, we were recommended to read a book written by the speaker. After reading the book, both my husband and I knew that this is the education we want for our children. We want our children to enjoy the freedom, to be balanced and happy in their lives. Since then, we decided to homeschool our children by using the Waldorf methods. We might not follow exactly, but I have once read from someone "Steiner did not want us to follow him, he wanted us to follow ourselves." This is so true, we know what our children want, and we try to give them the best we can. I started to learn craft making, started by paper craft, then knitting, and sewing. I wish to learn wood crafting soon and also make a Waldorf doll for my son, and another for my newborn baby girl soon. I am trying to have some preschool activities for my son, such as circle time, morning nature walk, storytelling, and most of the time, free play. I have recently set a daily rhythm for my son, which makes me believe the power of having the rhythm. Did you hear of Waldorf education? Are you a Waldorf inspired parent too?
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3 Oct 12
Hello my friend kaka135 Ji, Well so far I never heard of this education, but I would forward to our DILs, who have children like you two each one of them, one is younger like your daughter. May God bless You and have a great
4 Oct 12
hi friend, I have just heard about this education last year, and I believe it's becoming more and more popular, as I've recently read news about it on papers and magazine quite a lot. I believe there are some good Waldorf schools in India, I have attended a workshop conducted by a Waldorf teacher from India recently.
5 Oct 12
Hello my friend kaka135 Ji, Well, first of all I forwarded it to my younger DIl, who has small children and She quite appriciated it, may be taht She is aware of such education. But She only shown displaesure as She finds no time from her Office work, She opines taht it requires lot of time, which is hardly available with working women. May God bless You and have a great time
• United States
20 Sep 12
Waldorf sounds a lot like Montessori, an educational practice that guides the child but allows them to learn at their own pace and pursue the things that interest them the most. This means that they make the most of their natural talents and abilities while still learning the basics of education. Many parents who home school here use a method similar to Montessori. I'm glad you are following a method that liberates your children instead of confining their intellects to strict guidelines that crush their creativity!
24 Sep 12
Though I have heard about Montessori, I have not really study about it, hence I can't compare both of them. I used to think of following Montessori methods to teach my children, until I found Waldorf education last year, and I know this is really what I want. (I have heard some Montessori methods from a friend, I do not quite like the ideas.) Yeah, I really want my children to be happy in their lives, and also be a good person to the society and the earth. This is what Waldorf is teaching too.