I have written briefly about Waldorf education and our daily and weekly rhythms (Here is the previous post: Our Daily and Weekly Rhythms). We still follow these rhythms, but they have been changed a bit since our classes are a bit different now. These consistent rhythms help Noah feel a sense of predictability and comfort each day and help our days run smoothly. Now with Noah a little over 2 years old, I am incorporating even more Waldorf aspects into our home and daily life.
The more I learn about Waldorf, the more I fall in love with it. So many aspects of it really resonate with me for our family. With Noah being as sensitive as he is, this type of education really helps protect and nurture a child's developing senses. I also love how beautiful and natural the Waldorf toys are and the level of imaginative play they provide young children. We have several Waldorf toys in our home.
Noah's Waldorf play kitchen
According to Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf Education, a child's main job til age 6 or 7 is to play and that formal education should not start until this age. He believed that young children learn and experience the world best through imitation and their play. This means to play both outside and inside, to have lots of free play, imaginative play and creative play. I truly love this. As I sit back and watch Noah grow and learn these days, I too believe that he learns best through his play. And this little boy LOVES to be outside and get dirty. So, that is what we have been doing lately….simply playing and learning together. Playing in the dirt, rain puddles, sand, water and with his toys. It has been so wonderful and refreshing.
Noah and I are also now attending a weekly parent/toddler morning at The Waldorf School of Atlanta. We attend "Morning Garden" every Friday from 9:15-11:30am. It is a beautiful, rhythmic morning of 8 children and their parents spent playing both outside and inside, preparing and having snack together, participating in a circle time with songs, finger plays, a story and a puppet show. Our Waldorf teacher is wonderful, and Noah and I are really enjoying this time together each week so far! I am also learning more ways to incorporate Waldorf into our home from this program. Noah now helps set the table before we eat, and we now hold hands while we say our Waldorf blessing before meals (Our blessing is not a religious one. It is simply a way to show gratitude.). I also reorganized some of Noah's toys making them more organized and beautiful to the eye and donated a bunch of toys that he was no longer playing with. Noah's little table now has a seasonal "nature area" on it where we place seasonal pieces of nature we find or collect. We have also started molding with Beeswax, and we are having so much fun with this new natural material. I also recently ordered some Waldorf watercolors and watercolor paper. We tried it out this morning for the first time, and I will be writing a post about it next week.
Noah's table with his "nature area"
(he has shells from our beach trip and a beeswax candle on it now)
Our breakfast table is seasonal too with shells
from out trip in the glass bowl
Noah's reorganized toy nook
Molding with Beeswax
Painting with watercolors
This is our start to incorporating more Waldorf into our home. I am sure over time, it will continue to grow and change as Noah and our family does. But for now, we are all enjoying the simplicity and beauty that Waldorf is providing our home!