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A Waldorf Journey is a blog and podcast started by a trained and experienced Waldorf teacher who is passionate about sharing what she has learned on the journey. Stay tuned for interviews, resource recommendations, tips and suggestions for making your Waldorf journey an incredible, life-giving experience.

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A Waldorf Journey is a blog and podcast started by a trained and experienced Waldorf teacher who is passionate about sharing what she has learned on the journey. Stay tuned for interviews, resource recommendations, tips and suggestions for making your Waldorf journey an incredible, life-giving experience.

    AWJ 47 | How to Make Your Waldorf Child a Reader

    AWJ 47 | How to Make Your Waldorf Child a Reader

    So much is made of delaying reading instruction until after early childhood, that many parents wonder if it's okay to follow their child’s interests and begin reading instruction. Other parents wonder if they should push their child, even when they are not demonstrating any interest at age 7 or 8. I have lots of thoughts about it and am here to help sort it out.

    This episode is being brought to you by my free workshop, the 3 Classroom Management Strategies every Waldorf Teacher Needs to Know, which goes live on the same day as this episode.

    I’m really excited to offer this workshop because I think it is something that isn’t talked about enough in our training courses and it is exactly what Waldorf teachers need to be thinking about right now.

    Just head over to www.awaldorfjourney.com/strategies to sign up for the workshop.

    Also, registration opens soon for my new course, The Practical Art of the Waldorf Classroom. In this course we’ll talk about some big topics that should be on your mind during the school year. 

    Rhythms and Routines Classroom management Imagination in the classroom Working with parents Working with students
    The course begins October 6 and you can get more information by going to www.awaldorfjourney.com/practicalart.


    Resources from this episode:

    https://www.readingrockets.org/article/helping-your-child-become-reader

    Other posts about language arts:

    Planning Your Language Arts Classes My 2nd grade language arts block curriculum guide 2nd Grade Language Arts Classes

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    AWJ 46 | Screen Time Reality Check: How to Make the Right Decision for Your Family

    AWJ 46 | Screen Time Reality Check: How to Make the Right Decision for Your Family

    How much screen time is okay?

    What about educational shows?

    Is it really that bad?

    Will the Waldorf police come after me?

    Making decisions about media use for your children is one of the most charged issues in Waldorf Education. There are so many shoulds that parents can feel completely unsupported in their decisions. That's what this episode is all about.

    This episode is being brought to you by my new course The Practical Art of the Waldorf Classroom. My Summer Productivity Course is winding down and I’m getting ready to lead a new group through a whole new set of topics all about the tasks Waldorf teachers need to think about while they're in the classroom. Topics for my Practical Art course include:

    Rhythms and Routines Classroom Management, part 1 — engagement Classroom Management, part 2 — discipline Imagination in the Classroom Working with Parents Working with Students
    You can also sign up for my free classroom management workshop, which goes live September 10. Just put y0ur email address below and you'll be on the notification list.

    Resources in this Episode
    Ben Klocek's Website AWJ 12 | Managing Media and Screentime

    • 33 min
    AWJ 45 | Waldorf Classroom Management Bootcamp: Manage Your Class and Your Mind

    AWJ 45 | Waldorf Classroom Management Bootcamp: Manage Your Class and Your Mind

    Classroom management is a topic that isn't talked about enough in our Waldorf teacher training institutions. My teachers said that every situation was so unique, it was difficult to come up with blanket recommendations and practices. But there are things we can do. And cultivating that idyllic, beautiful Waldorf classroom takes some work.

    This episode is being brought to you by my Fall Productivity Course. My Summer Productivity Course is winding down and I’m getting ready to lead a new group through a whole new set of topics all about the tasks Waldorf teachers need to think about in the fall. Topics for my Fall Productivity Course include:

    Rhythms and Routines Classroom Management, part 1 — engagement Classroom Management, part 2 — discipline Imagination in the Classroom Working with Parents Working with Students The course begins October 6 and you can get more information by going to http://www.awaldorfjourney.com/fallcourse.

    Check out some of my favorite resources for Waldorf classroom management strategies.

    Teaching Children to Care The First Six Weeks Brooke Castillo's Life Coach School Podcast Responsive Classroom
    Other posts about classroom management.

    What I Learned at a Responsive Classroom Workshop Responsive Classroom podcast episode Responsive Classroom Helps Children Succeed

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    AWJ | 44 Waldorf Classroom Organization

    AWJ | 44 Waldorf Classroom Organization

    It is the end of August, if you’re listening to this episode when it is released and teachers everywhere are in the throes of organizing their classrooms. Things get so busy as the year goes on, it’s important to start out with systems for keeping supplies and resources organized. You’re going to be spending a lot of time in that classroom, so start thinking about it as a little home away from home and you’ll be much happier throughout the school year.

    This episode is being brought to you by my Fall Productivity Course. My Summer Productivity Course is winding down and I’m getting ready to lead a new group through a whole new set of topics all about the tasks Waldorf teachers need to think about in the fall. Topics for my Fall Productivity Course include:

    Classroom rhythms and routines Classroom management Providing feedback and parents teacher conferences Practice Classes and Skill Development Record-Keeping Student Support Plans
    The course begins October 6 and you can get more information by going to http://www.awaldorfjourney.com/fallcourse.

    Photos of my classroom in the blog post that goes with this episode. And if you’ve got classroom photos to share, I hope you’ll join the Facebook group and post your photos there. It’s a nice little community of teachers, parents and homeschoolers who would love to see how you set up your classroom.

    Pinterest board of Waldorf classroom decor

    • 45 min
    AWJ 43 | Waldorf Curriculum Focus: Life Science

    AWJ 43 | Waldorf Curriculum Focus: Life Science

    The Waldorf life sciences curriculum is pretty amazing, which makes sense for a philosophy that puts so much value on the natural world. When I first started teaching, I was a little intimidated about doing the sciences right, in a way that aligned with Waldorf philosophy and that phenomenological approach that really values the natural world. That intimidation inspired me to really dive deep when it came to preparing the sciences, so it ended up being a good thing. It didn’t take long for me to realize, though, that as long as I was keeping the wonder alive, then I was doing it right and I didn’t really need to worry all that much.


    This episode is being brought to you by my curriculum guides, which you can find at my website. I’ve got a variety of guides throughout the grades -- including ones for the life sciences, which we’re talking about in this episode. Whether you’re teaching Botany, Rocks and Minerals, Physics or Astronomy, I’ve got a guide that can help you out. Homeschoolers and classroom teachers in a variety of settings have found my guides to be helpful, so I hope you’ll check them out. And if you’re just wondering about how to go about setting up your main lesson structure, every guide includes my Main Lesson 101 material, which will break it all down for you. Just this information alone is really valuable, so you might consider purchasing a guide, just to help you get started with your planning. I really recommend either my Astronomy or my Rocks and Minerals guides -- those subjects are just so fascinating and both of those guides give a really good picture of what it’s like to plan a Waldorf Main Lesson.

    Sponsor the podcast with Patreon.
    Resources
    Waldorf Research Institute Ebook Waldorf Answers My middle school curriculum guides Email me. A Waldorf Journey Resource Room Facebook Group

    • 52 min
    AWJ 42 | How to Be a Waldorf Parent in the Summer

    AWJ 42 | How to Be a Waldorf Parent in the Summer

    Summer is not an easy time to be a Waldorf parent, and I know plenty of parents who struggle with this time. I’ve been talking this summer with friends and colleagues who are sharing the struggle, and I thought I’d share some of it with you. In my neck of the woods, at the time of this recording, we’ve got a month left of summer. Just about the time that things are starting to feel hard. You’ve made the most of summer vacation and the novelty of the summer has worn off, so what now?


    Just as I was putting together my thoughts for this episode, an article from The Waldorf School of Philadelphia came across my facebook feed. There are also a few other resources that you might find useful in figuring out how to get through the summer. 

    Article from Waldorf School of Philadelphia

    Whole Family Rhythms article

    This episode is being brought to you by my ebook The Waldorf Home. If you’re interested in reading ideas, suggestions and tips for making your home more aligned with your children’s Waldorf Education, check out my book at www.thewaldorfhome.com.

    Also, if you’re a homeschooling parent or a teacher, check out my curriculum guides at www.awaldorfjourney.com/shop. There you can find my first grade bundle where I go through how to introduce the consonants and vowels through the fairy tales. It’s one of my most popular guides, so I hope you’ll support the podcast and check it out.

    Or consider sponsoring the podcast through Patreon.
    My main tips:

    Rhythm Get outside Structure Freedom Working Compromise

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This was fascinating. Parents, teachers and senior decision makers in health and education should all take note of the content on this episode about boys' learning and differences. And how we could better support both sexes to be the best they can be.

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