212 episodes

Waldorf homeschooling, raising a family and being an awesome partner aren't things that just happen, they are things we have to work at. Melisa helps you wade through the muck and enjoy the journey. Sometimes her amazing husband, Erik, joins her. Melisa and Erik own Waldorf Essentials, a company dedicated to homeschooling with the Waldorf method and raising children with a peaceful foundation.

The Agent or Object Podcast Melisa Nielsen

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

Waldorf homeschooling, raising a family and being an awesome partner aren't things that just happen, they are things we have to work at. Melisa helps you wade through the muck and enjoy the journey. Sometimes her amazing husband, Erik, joins her. Melisa and Erik own Waldorf Essentials, a company dedicated to homeschooling with the Waldorf method and raising children with a peaceful foundation.

    Episode 212 - The "Gnome's Home Radio" Show from 2010 - January 11, 2010

    Episode 212 - The "Gnome's Home Radio" Show from 2010 - January 11, 2010

    We decided to go back in time to the early days of Waldorf and dig up some podcasts from yesteryear. In 2010, we did a live streaming podcast called Gnome's Home Radio. It was streamed live back in the day when the word streaming wasn't used nearly as much. The audio is kind of tinny as it was recorded while it was streamed.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Episode 211- New to Homeschooling

    Episode 211- New to Homeschooling

    Welcome! Homeschooling can be such a rewarding experience but there are often many questions when first starting. In this week’s video, Melisa explains the most important aspects of homeschooling. She also provides resources for families with more questions or specific concerns.


    In this podcast, we cover:
    - The value of understanding your temperament
    - The importance of having easily accessible support from your curriculum
    - Resources and advice for families struggling to understand their state or country’s homeschooling requirements
    - Why proper grade placement is vital to the Waldorf homeschooling experience

    Other helpful videos from Melisa:
    - Parenting With Temperament In Mind: https://youtu.be/JP0PCyjhLF4
    - Is Thinking Feeling Willing Right For You?: https://youtu.be/RG8Es7M2W-I
    - Grade Placement + Chill: https://youtu.be/R9HqJkaXqyw
    - Coming to Waldorf Later: https://youtu.be/56vIScRNJVU

    Resources:
    - Additional FREE Resources: https://www.waldorfessentials.com/resources
    - The Agent or Object Podcast: https://www.waldorfessentials.com/Podcasts
    - Waldorf Essentials Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waldorf_essentials/
    - Waldorf Essentials Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WaldorfEssentials/
    - Thinking Feeling Willing Program: https://www.waldorfessentials.com/tfw-monthly
    - Homeschooling Legal Information: https://hslda.org

    #homeschooling #waldorfeducation #waldorfathome

    • 7 min
    Episode -210 Coming to Waldorf Later

    Episode -210 Coming to Waldorf Later

    Diving into homeschooling can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re joining later in your child’s education. Join Melisa as she shares her journey through Waldorf education and provides reassurance and advice for families coming to Waldorf later. She further explains the foundation of Waldorf education and the value of looking inward when starting on this homeschooling journey.

    In this podcast we’ll discuss:
    -What it can look like coming to Waldorf education from a different homeschooling style
    -How to ease your move from a public school setting to a Waldorf homeschool setting
    -The importance of being willing to learn and asking for help
    -The foundation of Waldorf education
    -Why there are no worksheets or textbooks in Waldorf
    -The value of inner work and taking time to understand why you want a Waldorf homeschool education for your child

    Other Helpful Videos from Melisa:
    - Teaching When You're Coming To Waldorf Late: https://youtu.be/veIyEBPC_I0
    - A Chat with Waldorf Dads: https://youtu.be/wZm9GEZ8i60
    - How Are You Feeling On Your Waldorf Journey?: https://youtu.be/1YklWKSSuzc
    - Why Is Open and Go Not Really Waldorf: https://youtu.be/65xRTfwLcds
    - Can Boys Thrive In Waldorf: https://youtu.be/MgH5nZ2bQxY
    - A Journey Through Waldorf Math: https://youtu.be/05zJay7xisE
    - Melisa's Main Lesson Book: https://youtu.be/uBlutJn1f7I

    Resources:
    - Additional FREE Resources: https://www.waldorfessentials.com/resources
    - The Agent or Object Podcast: https://www.waldorfessentials.com/Podcasts
    - Waldorf Essentials Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waldorf_essentials/
    - Waldorf Essentials Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WaldorfEssentials/
    - Thinking Feeling Willing Program: https://www.waldorfessentials.com/tfw-monthly

    #waldorfeducation #homeschooling #waldorfathome

    • 12 min
    Episode 209 - Busting Through the Stubbornness of Autism

    Episode 209 - Busting Through the Stubbornness of Autism

    Join as Melisa shares her experiences as a homeschooling parent of an autistic child. She provides tips for pushing through stubbornness and how planning ahead can make all the difference.

    In this podcast we'll cover:
    - The importance of understanding yourself first and showing up with confidence
    - How to help your child slow down and understand how they are feeling
    - Understanding your parenting style might have to look different with a child on the autism spectrum than it does with neurotypical children
    - The value of planning ahead
    - The importance of how you show up. You cannot be wishy-washy.
    - How to take care of yourself. (Melisa offers resources to parents who want it.)

    Other helpful videos by Melisa:
    - Life Kicks More A$$e$ Than It Kisses: https://youtu.be/wgCnMn5Pen8
    - Meeting the Gifted and Special Needs Child with Waldorf Education: https://youtu.be/DmW3xlvTU2Q
    - STFD: https://youtu.be/-Swrqw030bQ
    - Grade Placement & Reading + Chill: https://youtu.be/R9HqJkaXqyw

    Resources:
    - Additional FREE Resources: https://www.waldorfessentials.com/resources
    - The Agent or Object Podcast: https://www.waldorfessentials.com/Podcasts
    - Waldorf Essentials Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waldorf_essentials/
    - Waldorf Essentials Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WaldorfEssentials/

    #autism #neurodiversity #homeschooling

    • 10 min
    Episode 208 - Building Self Reliance in Our Children

    Episode 208 - Building Self Reliance in Our Children

    Join Melisa as she discusses how to teach your children greater self-reliance. She explains what self-reliance should look like at varying ages and how to evaluate where your child is. She also provides advice for creating an environment and family culture which fosters resilience and self-reliance in your children.


    In this podcast you’ll learn:
    - What your children should be capable of doing according to age
    - How to evaluate where your children’s self-reliance
    - How to create a plan for teaching more self-reliance
    - The value of helping them understand their temperament
    - How to teach your child emotional regulation

    Other helpful videos by Melisa:
    - Parenting with Temperament in Mind: https://youtu.be/JP0PCyjhLF4
    - Will Building for children and adults: https://youtu.be/ylvYDHkn5Oo
    - Confidence, Poo, & Cultures of the World: https://youtu.be/nZeW07nIIWY

    Resources:
    - Additional FREE Resources: https://www.waldorfessentials.com/resources
    - The Agent or Object Podcast: https://www.waldorfessentials.com/Podcasts
    - Waldorf Essentials Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waldorf_essentials/
    - Waldorf Essentials Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WaldorfEssentials/

    #parenting #waldorf #homeschool

    • 10 min
    Episode 207 - A Potpourri of Questions

    Episode 207 - A Potpourri of Questions

    Join Melisa as she discusses three questions she frequently gets. (1) How do I hold the space when I’m having a bad day? (2) What can I do when my child has a meltdown over movement (walks/hikes)? And (3) What if things are hard? During the video, she shares her own parenting stories and provides advice for all parents.

    In this podcast you’ll learn:
    -What to do when everyone is seemingly in a bad mood
    -Advice for days you cannot do much (i.e., illness, injury, mental health)
    -The importance of consistent follow-through
    -Will building for children
    -To reflect on your expectations and change them if necessary

    Other helpful videos by Melisa:
    -Will building for children and adults: https://youtu.be/ylvYDHkn5Oo
    -Holding the Space: https://youtu.be/Bxaa-ctuP18
    -Creating the Perfect (School) Day: https://youtu.be/3_01krC6e7c
    -Let’s Talk About Perfectionism: https://youtu.be/R0J9b65MPuo
    -Observation vs. Judgement: https://youtu.be/FPkCA4EHy5k

    Resources:
    - Additional FREE Resources: https://www.waldorfessentials.com/resources
    - The Agent or Object Podcast: https://www.waldorfessentials.com/Podcasts
    - Waldorf Essentials Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waldorf_essentials/
    - Waldorf Essentials Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WaldorfEssentials/

    #waldorfathome #parenting #homeschool

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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37 Ratings

Lindsey and Alice ,

Magical!

I have been listening to Melisa’s podcast for a few years now and that is what inspired me to make the leap to Waldorf for our family. She has the most gentle, inclusive approach to Waldorf homeschooling and I know when we reach a stumbling block in our home education most likely there is an episode to guide us through it!
A must listen for any Waldorf homeschooler!

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I use this curriculum for the ‘backbone’ of our homeschooling. The support included has been extremely helpful to get started and continue growing with my family.

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I’m so glad I came across this channel! The short episodes are filled with inspiration and a breath of reassurance that I can keep at this parenting gig. I’m excited to listen to many of these topics from the perspective of Waldorf home education. Helpful, encouraging and relatable. Thank you!

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