Since retiring from teaching in Waldorf schools, I’ve enjoyed working with a homeschooling second grader who often comes up with an idea for our lesson time than is more engaging than what I planned. “Can we start in the garden today?” And why not? We are both more focused after time in the fresh air where she weeds her fairy garden and then helps me plant peas. She’s an extra tall second grader so sometimes my expectations inadvertently match her height rather than her age. At these times I remind myself about the normal developmental traits of eight year olds. And I find that my reminders to myself as a homeschooling teacher is much like my self-talk as a classroom teacher. In fact, I remind myself of the lessons I shared in my classroom teaching memoir, A Gift of Wonder.
Might others who teach at home find value in my memoir set in school? Two homeschoolers, Kimberly Wilson and Amanda Evans kindly agreed to read my memoir with this question in mind. This week I’ll share Amanda’s book review and next week I’ll share Kimberly’s review.
Amanda Evans lives in coastal NC with her husband and three children, ages 12, 10 and 8. They’re finishing up their 6th year of Waldorf-inspired homeschooling. Her review was published recently in The Parenting Passageway
Many thanks to Amanda Evans for reviewing A Gift of Wonder and to Carrie Dendtler of The Parenting Passageway for publishing her review.
I feel it will join Torin Finser’s “School as a Journey” and Marjorie Spock’s “Teaching as a Lively Art” as a “must-read” Waldorf teaching memoir.
sources for A Gift of Wonder:
The Publisher: http://bit.ly/2F58G4k
Floris Books for European orders http://bit.ly/2F5fUWQ
Booktopia for Australian orders http://bit.ly/2TozYXm