Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Waldorf Kindergarten Curriculum - Cheap!

When people are starting out with Waldorf they are often overwhelmed at the apparent cost of it all. If you are trying to implement a Waldorf kindy "curric" -- remember, a Waldorf kindy is simply trying to recreate the home environment -- and you have a tight budget, here's what I recommend:
  • 1. FREE - Read The Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy by Rudolf Steiner. This will explain WHY the kindergarten curriculum is the way it is. If you don't like what he has to say, stop here. Waldorf isn't a good fit for your family. May as well get that figured out right off the bat!
  • 2. FREE - Join the Waldorf Today weekly newsletter. Join Suzanne Down's Juniper Tree Puppets monthly newsletter. Join Marsha Johnson's waldorfhomeeducators Yahoo group. She has a lot of helpful files and concrete advice.

  • 3. FREE - Read back issues of the Waldorf Clearing House Newsletter -- a newsletter TO and FROM Waldorf teachers. Spring 1978 focused on preschool/kindy. What you'll find there is what you would find in any authentic Waldorf curriculum for that age. NO day to day specific suggestions. NO lesson plans.
  • 4. If you want some more specific suggestions on what to do with your child, this is where I recommend some titles.

    out of print - available used from $8.89



That comes to $50.00, not including shipping.

If you can go a little higher than that, and you want more support for creating rhythms (both daily rhythms and seasonal rhythms), I suggest adding on:



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