I wasn’t going to host a co-op this year, but an amazing opportunity presented itself! Ken Kilb, a recent graduate from the Waldorf teacher training program at Alkion Center in Ghent, NY contacted me wanting to volunteer his time as a Main Lesson teacher for a homeschool Main Lesson group. Between the two of us, we think that we can organize a nice grades Main Lesson rotation, and have a kindy program going on for younger siblings. This would be mostly for grades 1-5, and we would do the typical main lesson block rotation as at a Waldorf School. Blocks would be math, language arts, nature study, putting on a play, form drawing (freehand geometry), etc…. we would also do lots of projects, circle games and songs, farm chores every morning and share a lunch.
This would be hosted at my home and farm (Pownal, VT) Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30-12:30ish with optional and occasional Mondays. If you are interested in a Waldorf experience for your children, this would basically cover it for you…and Ken would give suggestions for things to do during the rest of the week should you want to make this your central “curriculum”.
This is such a great opportunity to have a Waldorf teacher willing to donate his time just because he “wants to help start a Waldorf co-op and help homeschoolers”. He is a single guy, so we could probably repay him in premade dinners and baked goods for his regular work week. He works as an RN in Albany. He has lived in several anthroposophical communities, including Fellowship in NY for four years.
Anyway, if anyone is interested, or if you would like to know more about Waldorf education, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am trying to just see who is interested, but we will start meeting at least informally next Tuesday to get acquainted as a group. My purpose is that this group be for people who are already using Waldorf education in their homeschooling, or are willing to learn about it. This is not a co-op in the “usual” sense that the parents switch teaching subjects, etc… One idea is that we have occasional parent meetings to study waldorf education and Steiner’s theories of child development in more detail.