It's frustrating to have not been there for your child the entire time. It's frustrating to find that there are gaps. Leah doesn't know her multiplication tables. Natalie sometimes gets left and right confused. And they both have trouble spelling simple words. More than that, they don't capitalize the beginning of their sentences or most proper nouns, skip apostrophes in contractions, and leave off ending punctuation. I never would think we would still be dealing with this in middle school! But we are so I just need to focus on what they need. Left from right? Hokey pokey and Twister can be part of family time. Form drawing, i.e. 2nd grade mirrored forms, comes into play here too, and we are working on braided forms so we can alternate. More P.E. is needed. Spelling? Daily spelling is no crime. I wonder sometimes if we accidentally over-simplify the Waldorf method in our minds when we just think circle time, main lesson, heart, hands ... and, ok, the school day is done. Middle school is different. Jamie York talks in his middle school math book about afternoon math lessons for further practice several times a week. So, okay, it doesn't have to look the way it did when they were little. And Torin Finser specifically writes that his 6th grade class wanted school to look more traditional and rejected anything "Waldorf-ized." So that made me feel better too. We will have daily spelling this week and every times I find one of these words misspelled in a rough draft we will practice them again.
Here's our list:
Of course, I have lots of other books on my shelf which I can check for remedial suggestions or games & movement.
I also highly recommend the Resource Teacher's Developmental Exercise Manual, which is available at the Waldorf Books website.