Recently I have embarked on a new homeschooling journey.
After hearing numerous times about the Waldorf method of teaching and learning, I decided to try it out for myself.
Our homeschool has always been an eclectic mix of what our children need at the time.
I was drawn to the Waldorf method because it integrates so much of nature, puts a high emphasis on free play and outside play, and the celebration of holidays throughout the year.
My first task was to learn about rhythm.
What is rhythm in a Waldorf education?
Rhythm is all about balance, breathing, and being attentive to the moment.
Rhythm is different from a schedule because it can change from day to day and month to month.
What I have found most beneficial is about a rhythm is the awareness it brings to me. After learning about rhythm and applying it in my own home life, I am calmer, more peaceful, and more attentive to the needs of my children.
Many Waldorf families follow a weekly rhythm.
This may include certain chores, meals, or activities for each day of the week.
For our family, our weekly rhythm has evolved into:
1: Breakfast rhythm
Since I am a mom who dreads breakfast, this rhythm has revolutionized mornings in our home.
I sat down one day and decided what breakfast meals we enjoyed most often. For our family, I came up with eggs, oatmeal, cereal, smoothies, and pancakes.
I then created a breakfast rhythm.
My favorite thing about a breakfast rhythm is how easy it makes creating a shopping list.
When I do my weekly shopping, I check my breakfast rhythm to determine what we will need that week.
2: Morning and afternoon chores that rotate weekly
Chores are a must for any family, but especially homeschooling families.
I have tried so many chore rotations that have just not worked for our family. I realized that my boys especially needed more consistency and time to learn how to do the chore effectively.
This system has worked for us for almost a year now.
I write down on my Sunday planning time the chores for the week.
Each child has one morning chore that they are responsible for the entire week, and one afternoon chore that they are responsible for the entire week.
This means that school does not start until the morning chore is finished, and there is not playing with friends until the afternoon chore is complete.
If you are interested in coming up with a chore rhythm, LEADPAGES
3: Evening activities
This is a new rhythm for our family, but one that has been effective in creating family memories and promoting time together.
Each night we have a family activity planned. The kids have started to look forward to this time together each evening and anticipate throughout the week what we will do on game night or movie night.
Here is our evening rhythm:
This is your basic routine.
A daily rhythm with kids usually comes very naturally. Kids thrive on consistency, and it is easier for them to handle emotions when they have an idea of what to expect.
Steps to Create a Daily Rhythm
#1: Start with your anchor points.
Anchor points are sleeping and eating.
Go with your kids’ natural rhythm for sleeping and eating.
Consider naptime, bedtime, and meal times.
#2: Come up with little rituals for your anchor points.
In our home, we make it a point to eat together at our big family table. Before each meal, we take several deep breaths together to center everyone. Then, we pray for our meal.
For bedtime, stories and snuggles to help the kids wind down.
#3: Decide on a daily rhythm for each day.
This does not have to be everything that you need to fit in for the day, but just a blueprint for the daily rhythm.
So far our rhythm for 2017:
Above is just a blueprint of a typical day.
Obviously, there are a lot of moving pieces in each aspect of the rhythm, but having this loose structure in place keeps our days running smoothly.
Besides the traditional holidays, we have started to incorporate biblical festivals and some Saint holidays into our homeschool.
Our favorite biblical holiday has been celebrating Passover as a family. Click here to see our Messianic Passover celebration.
Here are some holidays and feasts that we plan on including in our homeschool this year:
September 29th: Michaelmas (Feast of St. Michael)
October 31/Nov 1st: Halloween/All Saints Day
November 11th: Martinmas (Feast of St. Martin)
December 6th: St. Nicholas
December 13th: St. Lucia
December: Solstice and Christmas
February 2nd: Candlemas/St. Brigid
February 14th: St. Valentine
May 1st: May Day
June: Solstice/St. John
Keeping Rhythm Sacred
The rhythm is there to serve you and your family. It helps keeps your days ordered and a peaceful environment to your kids days.
“We give children a gift and nourish their healthy development by being mindful of a child’s need for rhythm, and offering them consistency, and the comfort of knowing what comes next, as we move through our days, weeks, and years together with them.” – Sarah Baldwin, Waldorf educator, Moon Child blog.
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