Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mixing Methods

I am nothing if not eclectic.  Plus, I'm a bit of a non-conformist, especially when it comes to teaching (Dear School Board Purchasing People, those ridiculously expensive, wastes-of-time, fill-in-the-bubble, crazy-words-they'll-never-use spelling workbooks you purchased sat in a corner of my 11th grade classroom all year while we read books, wrote papers and, you know, used our brains).  So, while it might seem from the outside (ok, in my brain a little, too) that I tend to go overboard when I get my hands on some new method or activity, that doesn't mean I ditch everything else.  I might take a little time to get immersed in the new stuff and get a feel for it, but I always come back to what works.  The same has been true for our experience with Waldorf.  It's like getting a new favorite outfit.  It looks good on you, so you want to wear it all the time. But that doesn't mean you don't have any other good-looking clothes.  Eventually, you work out a more balanced wardrobe rotation.  Same with homeschooing.  For me, at least.  Yes, I'm pretty enamored with some elements of Waldorf education, but I still LOVE Charlotte Mason type copywork, Montessori preschool activities, and using a chronological survey of history.  I'm not ditching any of those.

Visit the Homeschool Classroom to read more about which Waldorf methods are easy to start with and combine with your own eclectic mix of methods:  
6 Waldorf Elements to Weave into your Homeschooling

The Homeschool Classrom

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting a link to the Waldorf Elements. :)


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