My name is D.D., and I am writing to see if you might be able to help me get more on track in setting up and running my home in the Waldorf way. I actually just left you a phone message thinking that I would not get the time to sit down and write you, but I am forcing myself! The messy rooms can wait.
I have real trouble keeping a steady rhythm for myself, my home and my children. I suppose I just wasn't brought up that way and I cannot seem to make the shift. I also find myself stumped when trying to set up my home in the best way for my boys (ages 2 and almost 6) on a very tight budget. I have done lots of research and I guess I'm not quite getting the information I need. Could you possibly offer any advice on this or point me in the right direction? I also feel challenged in working while my kids play -- I feel guilty the whole time! I would love some sort of "curriculum" - though I know not exactly that, as I'm not homeschooling - Gabe, my oldest, goes to a wonderful Waldorf school here in Napa, California - but I suppose a script of sorts of how to structure my individual days and weeks. Thank you so very much. I look forward to hearing from you!!
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I think the following resources would help you:
Has some great articles on general Waldorf principles such as modeling, etc...which help you feel more at ease with working while your children are playing and help you feel inspired to get the kids involved with organizing and cleaning the house as part of an educational experience. http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=643769
Organization and the Temperaments
This will help you find your own best way of organizing and keeping things running. Each of the four temperaments has an ideal way to run the day, the house and the schooling (and even work). If you use a method belonging to someone else you may end up feeling frustrated or feeling like you are failing. This video/e-book combo talks about methods of organization: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=653203
You can see a sample here. This curriculum includes the video above (so don't purchase both) and a guide for how to plan your Waldorf year. This provides a guide for how you can structure your year as well as some lessons you can use for both the 2 and 6-year-old. Not having to look for stories and lessons will save you up to 6 hours a week of work. You can easily add in favorite activities of your own or ideas you find online when you have time but it takes off the time pressure for planning. The curriculum comes with MP3s for the songs and other extras. http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=643733
You can sign up here for one hour of phone/e-mail time or more. During this time we can plan something personal for you. I do about 4-5 consults a week. I do have some openings this Friday or next Monday. http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Default.aspx?pageId=671617
I was wondering what you think acceptable chores are for a 9 year old DS & 7 year old DD. I doing my planning for next year and I really would like to do a weekly chore list.
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Really, any chore is acceptable for this age of child - what is important is how they are doing the chore and not what chore it is. So, for example, a 7 or 9-year-old could do the dishes but they wouldn't be able to wash large pans and the 7-year-old might need to dry more than wash. They could sweep the floor, dust, do laundry (with supervision), fold clothing, wash mirrors, wash sinks and bathtubs, of course keep their own rooms clean. The limitations would be anything involving a lot of power (like cleaning a floor or scrubbing dishes) or anything involving toxic cleaners (because they are too young to really follow the safety rules) and anything involving machinery (heavy lawn mowers are probably too much). They can continue with the tasks the younger kids do too like setting the table and sorting laundry, etc...
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