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I am so excited to share one of our homeschooling tools with you today. It’s honestly a little hard for me to know where to jump in with this because it’s just all so good, but here’s goes. We are using a guide called Whole Family Rhythms in our home this year as we venture down the road of homeschooling.  This guide is our anchor and foundation for our days right now, something that is of great help and creative guidance for all of us as we learn and grow and connect within the walls of our home.

For quite some time I had been searching for an intentional guide to give us direction and form what would be our schooling rhythm.  I wanted one that would holistically embrace the Waldorf philosophies we have chosen for our family, while giving me plenty room to slowly integrate my own actives and lessons along the way as we flowed through our year. I wanted a framework that not only spoke to the importance of seasons and the natural world, but also one that gave me many options in the areas of meaningful handwork and time spent in the kitchen (among other creative pursuits). This guide does all of those things and then some. I feel blessed to have discovered it while our children are so young!

One of the most helpful things about this curriculum is the practical way it is organized. Whole Family Rhythms is broken down seasonally, monthly, weekly, and then daily, with simple but beautiful crafting ideas and seasonal recipes that you can do with your little ones at home. I love that it leans into both adult and child-led structure and imaginative free play, something I really believe in as  former educator and a mother. Having both is so important and this guide echoes those values.

I have been following this guide this with the kids each day and they are loving it as much as I. I would consider myself a fairly creative person, but it’s wonderful to have a guide I can hold in my hands and follow along with when needing support of my own. It has been giving our family gentle direction. with hundreds upon hundreds of ways to connect and learn with one another as we homeschool. Each day offers something to be savored, and to give you a better idea, here is a little preview of one week in that falls in the month of October:

  • Weekly Finger Game: Count down from five to the tune of the five little ducks.
  • Weekly Story: “The Anxious Leaf”
  • Weekly Hike: Nature Prompt
  • Monday – In the Kitchen: Cranberry and Honey Muffins
  • Tuesday – Watercolor Painting: Red & Blue
  • Wednesday – Coloring: Leaf Rubbings In Autumn Colors
  • Thursday – Crafting: Leaf & Stained Glass
  • Friday – Beeswax Modeling: Red

Each monthly guide also gives you a master list of what you’ll need for said crating, baking, cooking, handwork, storytelling, finger games and beeswax modeling so you can be prepared without having to sift through all the days and what items you’ll need. Praise! It’s written in the form of a market list, so to speak, and then is broken down weekly so you can easily gather your tools and ingredients as needed each month. So simple but thoughtful. For those of you who are considering Waldorf homeschooling or are already doing so with your little ones, I hope this provides some inspiration or perhaps gives you a little starting point for your family. I hope you check it out and if you happen to use WFR in your home, or have other wonderful homeschooling tools/resources to recommend, I’d love to hear from you!

 

  • We do family rhythm in our schooling. I am a “routine” type of mama, so having a rhythm keeps us on track and also gives me freedom for flexibility. Just this morning, I read “Among the (forest) People” to my kiddos and they all (8,6,4,2) drew what they were visualizing as I read aloud. It is such a gentle way to start school and also help check for comprehension in reading. Happy schooling, mama!ReplyCancel

  • Hello! I recently started reading from “In the Heart of a Child” during meal times. It’s a book of verses that follows the year, one for each week, that my dad read to us when my sisters and I were little. It comes from the Waldorf philosophy, but when I do a google search I can’t find it! They might have it at a Waldorf school store. I’ll look up the author when I get home, if you’d like. I was surprised at how quickly my son recognizes the verses and even requests them (we also light a candle with our meals, which he requests now too!). I started doing some simple hand gestures with the verses (hand to heart, sign for eating, etc) and was surprised how quickly he not only mimed them back to me but anticipates them! If you can’t find the book you could read some other poetry on a regular basis during meals (or some other point in the day that works for you). I found that his table manners improve greatly when I read to him!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Thank you for sharing, these guides look wonderful. It looks like you have hard-copy guides in book form. I think I am only seeing digital PDFs on Meagan’s site. Is there a source for hard copies? Or did you just print your own after purchasing the digital file?

    I enjoy your blog so much Amanda. I have a girl and 2 boys also, ages 7, 5 and 1. We love cooking, we love crafting and creating, we love nature, and I love making our home more organized, thoughtful, and beautiful. your blog is always such a source of inspiration for me, thank you! I am going to make some blueberry crisp tomorrow morning!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Emily, the copy I have and Amanda has were ordered from blurb separately. Once you’ve purchased the guide upload it at blurb.com and choose magazine format. It’s about $30 each guide. I wish I had the resources to have them printed and sell directly from the website… Not yet! Thanks so much for your interest and inquiry. In Light, Meagan.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie

    This is JUST what I’ve been looking for! Nerding out over it all! I just ordered the Autumn season set and I am so so excited. Thanks so much for the tip, friend. Big hug <3ReplyCancel

  • Brianna Blacklock

    I cannot thank you enough for sharing this! What a great find. It’s exactly what I’ve been searching for(and more)! Love it. Are you finding it difficult to keep up with managing the various books/supplies each week or did you collect the majority in advance? Are you starting any of this with your youngest? Mine’s not quite two, but trying to prep a bit ahead of time!ReplyCancel

  • so much good! our little is only five months old but i’ve already thought about going the waldorf route when the time comes (there are lots of actual schools around us since we’re in the country where it was founded!) thanks for the lovely post! xoxoReplyCancel