Hello to all. I am a newbie to this site, but have found some great people, info and groups here. We foster peaceful parenting, attachment parenting, natural living and Steiner - (I'm in Australia!)... (Waldorf in the US) inspired home environment and nurturing of the child. We have one child, Chilli - 18 months old. We have a beautiful Steiner school locally that we have always planned to send Chilli to in 2013, she is pre-enrolled, but we have recently stumbled across the unschooling philosophies and are starting to research into this option. If Chilli does go to school, it will be to our local Steiner school, but I am very interested in homeschooling and more focused on unschooling. I believe Steiner philosophy to be very in tune with 'unschooling' principles. Whatever our decision in 2013 regarding schooling, in the present moment, we very much embrace the 'unschooling' principles in our home environment with Chilli. We do not 'teach' her anything, everything she 'learns' is through her own initiated exploring and discovery.
I wanted to discuss with some Steiner/Waldorf inspired parents how they apply the unschooling philosophies in their homes and the rhythms/planning that they use. When I read alot about unschooling, I see alot of pictures and comments regarding children on computers and children watching 'educational' tv. Fostering Steiner values, we do not have TV in our home and the computers are in our study which is not a room our daughter has access to explore in. Therefore in her 'schooling' years, tv and computers will not be part of the offering in our home. I do believe in myself I would be able to successfully home/unschool our daughter, I just wanted to start a discussion for inspiration, ideas and thoughts about incorporating Steiner/Waldorf into the home/unschooling lifestyle. I know there is Steiner homeschool programs, but to follow the 'unschooling' philosophy, these would not be included/followed. I wonder what resources parents unschooling in the Steiner modalities use?....Looking forward to reading peoples experiences and ideas. Love and Blessings xxx