Waldorf Homeschool Conference
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Schedule & Info

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019

Arrival: 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Exhibit Hall Open 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Session 1: 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Choose One)

  • Exploring Inner Work with Sheila Petruccelli: Inner work is not some secret curriculum of the soul, but rather an ongoing practice that must be cultivated by us, not defined for us. Come with questions and curiosity. Leave with ideas and inspiration. 

  • Peaceful Foundations with Melisa Nielson: Having a truly peaceful home is the foundation for a thriving family. This is so important in any homeschool setting, but vital to a family seeking Waldorf. Join our workshop for the low down on how to find peace, keep peace and bring it to your children each day. We'll cover the elements needed to maintain a healthy home rhythm, a healthy relationship with your partner and children as well as yourself! And I promise they'll still be time for cooking and cleaning!

  • Planning, Planning, Planning: How To Plan with Confidence, Creativity & Purposeful Content with Anne Cleveland: One of the most important principles of Waldorf Education is that there is a reason for everything you bring to your child. In this workshop you will learn about how to use the curriculum to support your child through each stage development so that from a big picture understanding you can plan your lessons to meets the specific needs of your child. As we look at planning for the year, month, week and day, I will cover rhythm, story telling, gathering your materials, finding time for yourself, and what to do when it all falls apart. 

  • The Waldorf Approach to Reading and Writing in Grades 1-4 with Jean Miller: In the Waldorf method, children first draw, then write, and then learn to read their own writing. Come experience this process, from the pre-literacy activities of kindergarten to the main lesson work of the early grades, as we explore this unique and effective approach to developing literacy.

Session 2: 5:15pm - 6:15pm (Choose One)

  • How to Succeed at Teaching Your Child Music at Home with Jodie Mesler: This is a hands-on workshop so bring your starter instruments such as a recorder, pennywhistle, pentatonic flute, Choroi c flute and we will all learn how to play the pentatonic notes. Take music lessons as if you were a 6 years old, so you can learn how to teach your 6 year old. If you don’t have an instrument, I will have some pennywhistles available for you to purchase.

  • An Introduction to Temperaments (with special emphasis on working with children) with Judy Forster: Temperament is way of understanding and thinking about personality. In Waldorf education, the four temperaments help us understand the whole child, and ourselves, as we experience the journey of teaching and parenting.

  • Geometry with Brian & Robyn Wolfe: Geometry through the Waldorf lens is a study of the world around us. Students experience the geometry of nature, art, architecture and music in grades 5-8. Join us to experience this process and learn more about how this piece of the curriculum perfectly meets the middle grades child!

  • Homeschooling Multiple Children with Carrie Dendtler: The Waldorf School curriculum gives us great insight and foundations for Waldorf homeschooling. However, homeschooling is not simply “school at home!”  Come discover how to run your Waldorf homeschool experience in a way that fulfills the needs of all your children.

Evening with our Exhibitors: 6:15pm - 7:15pm


SATURDAY, March 9, 2019

Arrival:  8:00am - 8:15am

Exhibit Hall Open 8 - 8:30am

Morning Circle with Jean Miller:  8:30am - 8:50am

  • Morning Circle with Jean Miller: Come experience a morning circle to warm us up for our day of learning. Join in singing, verse recitation, clapping games, and movement – activities that you can take home to your children.

Session 1:  9:00am - 10:00am (Choose One)

  • Chalkboard Drawings with Brian & Robyn Wolfe: Chalk art in the Waldorf curriculum is a medium for extending the storytelling that is happening in lessons. Join us to learn how to set up a drawing! This session will be filled with useful and easily understandable techniques and concepts.

  • Waldorf Homeschooling High School with Carrie Dendtler: Should you homeschool high school?  What does a Waldorf-inspired high school experience look like at home?  How important is record keeping?  Come learn about some of the ins and outs of Waldorf homeschooling for high school.

  • Form Drawing in Grades 1-5 with Judy Forster: We will discuss why form drawing is an important part of Waldorf education and how you can do it with your kids at home.

  • How to Get Started with Waldorf Homeschooling with Jean Miller: Are you new to the Waldorf approach and perhaps homeschooling too? We’ll take a look at the foundational principles of Waldorf and then actually experience a morning main lesson so you can see how all of the elements fit together.

     

     

Session 2:  10:15am - 11:15am (Choose One)

  • Movement with Brian & Robyn Wolfe: Join us for ideas to enliven your morning movement routine! Bringing 12 years of experience teaching Games at local Waldorf schools, Brian will share a collection of games and strategies that work with family-sized groups. 

  • How to Start a Waldorf-inspired Homeschool Enrichment Program in your Community with Sarah Barrett: Learn the steps required to start an enrichment program in your community. We will discuss start-up costs, budget, teacher hiring and pay, curriculum, legalities, and more. We’ll talk about what has and has not worked well, and there will be a time for Q & A.

  • Waldorf Homeschooling with Special Needs with Melisa Nielson: Having children that march to their own drum can make for a stressful homeschooling environment.  Melisa will share tools that you can use immediately to help your homeschool. We'll talk about ways to get respite for yourself and ways to adjust the curriculum where needed so things go smoothly and you can have the peaceful home you desire.

  • Waldorf Handwork in the Homeschool Curriculum with Judy Forster: We will discuss the basic guidelines for the handwork curriculum from the early years through high school. This will include how to present handwork to the children and how you can learn if you were never taught yourself.

Lunch (Exhibit Hall open):  11:15am - 12:15pm

  • Lunch will not be provided on-site. Please plan to bring your lunch, or visit one of the restaurants nearby. The closest restaurants are along Friendship Rd about 1.8 miles, or 5 minutes from the conference location. Publix Supermarket Deli has subs and salads. There is also a Zaxby’s, Wendy’s, and various other chains.

Keynote:  12:15pm - 1pm

  • Bringing Waldorf Home: The Three Essential Elements of Waldorf Homeschooling with Jean Miller: Waldorf homeschooling looks different from the Waldorf classroom. Let’s explore how to weave these three essential elements into your homeschool: rhythm, a curriculum that matches the stages of child development, and the lively arts.

Session 3:  1:15pm - 2:15pm (Choose One)

  • Science Grades 6-8 with Carrie Dendtler: Waldorf teachers in the school setting often say the hardest thing to prepare for is science blocks.  Many Waldorf homeschooling parents are also daunted by the many science blocks of the middle school curriculum. Come learn about the blocks, resources, and how to get them done with fun.

  • Circle Time Basics: Everything You Need To Know About Circle Time & More with Anne Cleveland: In this workshop, you will learn about the true purpose of circle time and

    what specifically should be included so that you can confidently craft your own circles as you move through the seasons of the year. As an example, I will walk you through my process of putting together a spring circle and show you how to modify it for different ages.

  • How to Succeed at Teaching Your Child Music at Home with Jodie Mesler: This is a hands-on workshop so bring your starter instruments such as a recorder, pennywhistle, pentatonic flute, Choroi c flute and we will all learn how to play the pentatonic notes. Take music lessons as if you were a 6 years old, so you can learn how to teach your 6 year old. If you don’t have an instrument, I will have some pennywhistles available for you to purchase.

Session 4:  2:30pm - 3:30pm (Choose One)

  • The Integration of Language Arts & History in Grades 5-8 with Jean Miller: With the Waldorf approach, language arts and humanities are integrated into main lesson blocks of study, taking children from Ancient Civilizations through the Renaissance and up to the present day in grades 5-8. Geography and history are combined with skill development in reading, writing, and research. This is truly an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Come experience how this is done.

  • Teaching Math Waldorf Style: The How, Why and What of Teaching Mathematics To Your Homeschool Child with Anne Cleveland: Children are born with a sense of math within them, and our job as educators is to help them discover and uncover this innate knowledge. That is why the Waldorf math curriculum emphasizes movement and experiential learning as the foundation for the more abstract concepts to be taught later on. In this workshop you get an overview of the math curriculum, an understanding of what to teach at each stage of development, and, in addition, I will walk you through practical activities and examples that you can bring directly to your child. 

  • Watercolor Painting with Brian & Robyn Wolfe: In this session you will create a wet-on-wet painting that can be adapted for any grade. Join us to learn about the 3-fold painting process of Color, Form, and Motif! Imaginations will soar with landscape moods, seasons, festivals, kingdoms of nature, and the 4 elements.

  • Exploring Inner Work with Sheila Petruccelli: Inner work is not some secret curriculum of the soul, but rather an ongoing practice that must be cultivated by us, not defined for us. Come with questions and curiosity. Leave with ideas and inspiration. 

Exhibit Hall:  3:30pm - 4:00pm

Schedule may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.


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Nearby Accommodations:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Buford NE - Lake Lanier Area (5 minutes from conference location)
4951 Bristol Industrial Way, Buford, GA 30518
https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/buford/atliw/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-EX-_-US-_-ATLIW
This hotel is near the entrance to Lake Lanier Islands where you can find golf, trails, and stables along the lake. There are fast-food chains and a Publix Supermarket nearby.

Legacy Lodge hotel or lake houses - On Lake Lanier (12 minutes from conference location)
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518
770-945-8787
https://www.lanierislands.com/accommodations/legacy-lodge
If you are looking to make a vacation out of your trip, Lake Lanier Islands resort offers horseback riding, hiking, beautiful scenery, lake sports,dining options, and more.

Hampton Inn & Suites Flowery Branch (7 minutes from conference location)
4660 Holland Dam Rd, Flowery Branch, GA 30542
https://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/georgia/hampton-inn-and-suites-flowery-branch-GVLFBHX/index.html
This hotel is near a shopping area with a Target, Publix Supermarket, food chains. There is an old-fashioned downtown Flowery Branch area nearby with a small selection of specialty restaurants and shops.