Homeschooling

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Essential Books:

I have found these books to be indispensable to me for continual inspiration.  There are precious few resources for continuing a Waldorf-inspired or Montessori approach into high-school years.  None I have read (so far) have inspired me in the same way as those written for teachers of younger children.  If and when I find one I love, I’ll add the link here.

Beyond the Rainbow Bridge

In a Nutshell

Around the Year

The Children’s Year

Festivals. Family, and Food

The Waldorf School Book of Soups

The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book

The Nature Corner

Magic Wool and More Magic Wool

Feltcraft

Montessori at Home (two volumes)

Montessori Today

Charlotte Mason’s Homeschooling series (6 volumes)

“Lost Tools of Learning” by Dorothy Sayers (an essay on classical education)

Curricula we use::

We take a balanced approach combined from Waldorf and Montessori and sprinkled liberally with Charlotte Mason and Classical education with our children, and allow learning to grow out of living. I have always resisted the label “eclectic” because I feel that it connotes a lack of focus or direction, a lack of organization.  And we are not that at all. 

For us, that means enjoying good books and programs, and planning lots and lots of field trips, and taking advantage of interesting classes and workshops whenever possible.  We have found that to be a more authentic approach, and much more fruitful.  We do, however use a few curricular resources for developing practical skills –

Shurley English

Math-U-See

Rosetta Stone

Jensen Grammar (supplemental resource for older students)

Draw Real… (series of excellent practical art books)

Faith and Life/Didache (faith formation used mainly for sacramental preparation)

Where to buy natural art, craft, and school supplies, and other things for natural, family-centered living::

The Shop at Renaissance Farms (join the Family Savings club and save a bundle)

Where to get some ideas and inspiration for your lesson planning::

Kildara Curriculum Guides (coming soon!)

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