I am preparing for my eldest son's first formal year of homeschooling. I am using an approach inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner. Since discovering Waldorf Steiner education four years ago I have read, explored and researched extensively. I bought many resources, including books, online courses, online conferences and curriculum packages.
There is lots and lots of information available for the Waldorf homeschooler. I have stopped buying any new material. I have what I need and besides, I became aware of something. I did not fully use the resources I bought, sometimes not even much at all if I am honest. I would skim through them and move on. I guess I was looking for that magic resource that would make me the perfect Waldorf Steiner homeschooling mama (ha!) and when I realised the latest resource wasn't going to do it, I would move on to and look for the next resource. No resource is ever going to create the kind of homeschool environment I want to experience. I have to make that happen. It comes down to me bringing it alive in a way that is meaningful and true, for me and my family, and actually living it every day.
In the springtime I decided I was not going to join all of the summer conferences, not even the free ones, and that I would drastically reduce the time I spent on Waldorf Steiner email groups, forums and blogs. I considered what would really help me on my journey so that I can best serve my children, and I committed to one online conference. Aside from that one investment, I am certain I have enough resources on my bookshelf,stored in my laptop and within me to create the homeschool environment that works for my children and myself. As I go up in the grades I will need more and new resources, of course, but for now I have everything I need.
I am so grateful for all of the fantastic resources I have discovered along the way and I have learned so much. For now though, the time has come when I am ready to let go of everything 'out there' and just get on with life inside our home, because now I am the only one who really knows best how to make that happen.