School for all Seasons Curriculum and a Giveaway

Today it’s such a great pleasure to bring you news of a wonderful new publication by Donna Ashton called School for all Seasons.

Seasons EbookIn Donna’s words:

Waldorf with your Preschooler

I remember when my girls turned 4. It was the time when I started researching homeschooling options and wondering if I really could actually “do it.”

spring gardening

Waldorf landed in my lap and I was hooked. It seemed to be everything I wanted for my girls and I was eager to learn more.

For families with 4-6 yr olds, this can be a high pressure time. You are just trying to figure it out and other kids are off to school already learning to read. Your confidence is not yet there as you are going on faith that this approach to holistic education will work. It does!

Waldorf homeschooling doesn’t officially start until 1st grade- 6 1/2-7 yr olds)

So, what do we do with younger kids not yet ready for official school?

We see amazing photos of the Waldorf kindergarten with beautiful wooden toys, kitchen sets, playsilks and painting supplies and think “That’s what I want!”


But, something you may not have realized is that the Waldorf kindergarten is set up to re-create the home. Yes. Read that line again.

So, don’t fall into that circle. Home is already a step ahead. You have a kitchen for chopping and kneading and baking. Your child can participate in keeping up the house by helping fold laundry, dry dishes, plant vegetables. Chores are a wonderful way to let your preschool aged child help maintain the home.


The biggest tip I can give is to let them play. Their job is to play during these early years. The benefits of allowing your child free play are documented everywhere these days.

Exploring nature, climbing, running and “being” is what this age is about.

Yes, you can start creating a rhythm with circle time and stories.

You can sing and dance and play with silks and color.

You can celebrate seasonal festivals.

You an enjoy crafts, finger knitting and very
basic sewing.

Child wearing red rain boots jumping into a puddle. Close up
Just be patient and let them explore the world through child’s eyes. There will be plenty of time for academics.


School for all Seasons Curriculum Guide & Training

For moms who need a bit more structure to their days schooling a 4-5-6 yr old.

This pack contains simple steps to creating a “school lesson” with your young child – which means stories, crafts, outdoor play ideas and much more.

Though playing is your child’s main job at this age, you may find getting a rhythm in place and having a base of ideas to draw from highly beneficial (saves time and energy!).

The pack includes:

* 10 month curriculum guide with weekly themes,
* Done-for-you Circle Time including songs you can listen to so you can learn them!
* Plus Bonus training audios that compliment the curriculum
* Bonus video How-to’s on painting, block crayons and storytelling.

Congratulations to: Keenan you have won the School for all Seasons curriculum guide from Donna Ashton!!

Donna is giving away one of these packs described above to one Natural Suburbia reader, to stand a chance to win, please leave a comment. If you would like to earn extra entries, please share on your Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest etc.. and comment here again each time you do for extra entries:)

Donna’s Bio:


Donna Ashton is the founder and CEO of The Waldorf Connection, an online resource that provides workshops, courses, and training for homeschooling families all over the world. She is committed to delivering how-to guidance and support to moms seeking to educate their children in a waldorf-inspired, conscious way.

Donna offers mentoring, advice and resources to thousands of families worldwide. To get started with the very basics of homeschooling with Waldorf, download her Starter Waldorf Homeschool kit.
Her book The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook is a step-by-step introduction into how to homeschooling with Waldorf-inspired methods.

Thank you so much for sponsoring with Natural Suburbia, Donna.

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20 Responses to School for all Seasons Curriculum and a Giveaway

  1. jenna wingate January 29, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    How I would have loved this curriculum when my own children were school-age. This sounds very much how we learned, so this sort of guidance would have been most helpful! My granddaughter, just turned 2, learns so very quickly just from everyday interactions. She is an amazing little soul! I would love to encourage more pointedness in her early readying for formal learning!

  2. Jess January 29, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

    We are right at that stepping off / wondering place! This sounds so helpful! Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  3. Anne Marie January 29, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    I am very interested in this with two little ones at home.

  4. angelina January 29, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

    thank you !!!

  5. angelina January 29, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

    pinned !

  6. angelina January 29, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

    tweeted !

  7. theresa January 29, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    fingers crossed! thank you!

  8. Brook Vernon January 29, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

    We would love to have this to bring more rhythm into our home! I have 3 children- ages 6, 3 and almost 2. I also keep a child who is 2 and believe this would help to incorporate lots of fun into everyone’s day! Thank you for this opportunity!

  9. Brook Vernon January 29, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    I also shared on pinterest- my username is Mamavern. 🙂

  10. Keenan January 30, 2015 at 2:56 am #

    Yes! This is exactly the type of slightly-more-structured daily activities I want to start with my almost three year old. She craves some sort of structure, but doesn’t have the attention span of an older child yet.

  11. Keenan January 30, 2015 at 2:59 am #

    Also pinned 🙂

  12. Jennifer January 30, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    Thanks for the chance!

  13. Leslie bush January 30, 2015 at 4:45 am #

    I would live this as part of our homeschool journey! This is my first year living remote Alaska and homeschooling my SN 2 nd grader my 3/4 grader and SN 6 grader. My 4 yo is soon to follow!

  14. Amber January 30, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    This is the exact struggle I am having right now as I have just discovered Waldorf and my son is already 6! I did preschool with him the “typical” way – flash card letters, plastic numbers, color cards, noisy learning toys, etc – and now see the true value and need for Waldorf! I am hooked but don’t know what to do!? I also have a 3 year old and care for a couple kids in the 1-6 age range! I am trying to make the transition into Waldorf but feeling the pressures of my 6 year old “needs to learn to read now” or “he should be doing math”… Granted he is already advanced in these areas but I don’t want to push them!! I need help for him and the kids coming up behind him!!

  15. Amber January 30, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    Shared on FB!!

  16. Shana January 31, 2015 at 5:01 am #

    I would love a copy of this to read myself an to share through my Waldorf charter school’s parent resource library. I think a lot of parents wonder what to do all day with their kids before they hit the age to start Waldorf kindergarten in our school. This book would be a big help.

  17. Shana January 31, 2015 at 5:01 am #

    I am sharing through Facebook.

  18. Shana January 31, 2015 at 5:02 am #

    I am sharing through Pinterest.

  19. emma elliott February 1, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    I would love to win as have just started home schooling my two boys and this would help a great deal, Thankyou for the chance ;o)

  20. Christine February 1, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

    I would like to win this, especially for my 5 yr old.

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