"Wildschooling. Waldorf meets shamanism, art meets hiking, dance meets the four elements. Wildschooling: Schooling that promotes the wild spirit, that encourages the stirring of the inner fires and creative expression beyond water colors and beeswax. Wildschooling: Schooling that not only encourages the eruption of the unbound inner self, but also nurtures it, coaxes it, and teaches it to be bold and brave when facing both the mundane and mystical worlds." (continue reading this article here . . .)
Is what we are doing any different than any other homeschooling family? We do linear work, we do creative work, we seek out nature. So why is it "Wildschooling" and not just Waldorf, or not just regular ol' homeschooling?
Maybe it's not that different. But in the same way that stretching lengthens the muscles and yoga lengthens the muscles and the soul, our intention is what is key. I want to give my girls something fuller and more three or four dimensional than school and I want to make nature, their spirit, their inherent wildness, just as much a part of their curriculum and their lives as reading, writing, and arithmetic. If you are looking for resources, information, and inspiration for your earth-based homeschooling or parenting, I'm hoping the following will help.
WildWood Naturals Homeschool Planning Topics
WildWood Naturals Creating a Homeschool Curriculum Topics
Why does my child need nature?
Nature Deficit Disorder and Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv
Ten Reasons Kids Need Fresh Air
Why Our Children Need Nature
How can I develop my child's intuition?
Want Intuitive Kids? Empower Them
Ten Tips to Nurture Your Child's Intuition
Supporting Children's Intuition Is Important To Their Success As Adults
The Wise Child and The Intuitive Spark by Sonia Choquette
Why does my child need creativity and creative learning?
Why We Need to Let Kids Be Creative
Creativity in Children
How can I encourage my child's creativity?
Creativity Belongs to Children
7 Ways to Foster Creativity in Your Kids
The No-Push Method for Developing Creativity
Nature-based and Waldorf Home Education Curriculum
Little Acorn Learning: Celebrating the Seasons with Children
Oak Meadow: Homeschooling Curriculum, Resources and Support
Earthschooling (The BEarth Institute)
Enki Homeschool Curriculum
Resources for Pagan Homeschoolers
The Secular Homeschool Community