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!