Even though we haven’t technically started “homeschooling” here, we have seen so many positive changes in our family as a result of this program. I was listening to one of Melisa’s radio podcasts and remember how she mentioned that many mothers are drawn to Waldorf in part for themselves. I have found this to be so true! I needed this just as much as my kids! The inner work, knitting, studying Steiner, and delving deeper into my own feelings and motivations for homeschooling have shaped me into a better mother, wife and friend. I have felt such a warmth and peace in our home since starting this process and am excited to see what enfolds in our home as a result of sincerely applying these ideas! Thank you Melisa!
I just wanted to thank you and Erik for all the time, effort and experience you have put into TFW. I am new to Waldorf and have been spending most of my time and focus on Rhythm. Your insight is incredible with what rhythm really is and how it looks in life (getting up for connection with Source before the kiddos). Not necessarily easy for me but well worth it. I am also grateful for your gentle reminders to breathe, relax and get back on track when I stumble with rhythm. This gentle yet focused approach has steeped into all areas of our lives. I highly recommend TFW to anyone who is ready for a paradigm shift with parenting as well as those preparing to homeschool their children. This program is amazing and has been a blessing to our family!
I homeschool a 4th grader already so some things for me are already known. I joined this program to help me accommodate and refocus my thoughts on my newly turned 5 year old. Kindy has been a while ago for me and I wanted a fast track reminder. Some of the strongest pluses for me have been:
1. Steiner Education. I know a lot of his lectures are free and available online, but it is a ton to wade through to find something relevant to what we are doing right then. I really appreciate the exposure to it and would love to see more of this kind of ‘food for thought’. It didn’t seem very important to me back when my oldest was young and I was just starting out with all the overwhelming tasks that had to be done and learned, but now, as time has gone on, I wish I had taken more time with it. Thanks for giving me that opportunity a second time!
2. Super Sam. I have read tons of stories to my little one but this story is by far something he looks forward to every week and he is so sad when it is over and he has to wait to find out what will happen next. I can’t wait to make the puppet!
3. Having a scheduled handwork project for the month. Handwork is my strength—completion, not so much. I told myself all last year I would knit a backpack but never actually cast on anything. This year it was part of the plan so I started it and now it is almost finished. I actually became a doer! Thanks!
I am so grateful to you and your Thinking Feeling Willing program. You have led me in a direction I have wanted to go for a long time, but wasn’t quite sure how to start moving. This really has been a pivotal experience in my life and I and my family will always be thankful.